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The Big M: The Frank Mahovlich Story by Ted Mahovlich

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By Ted Mahovlich

The large M is the tale of trhe quiet and self-effacing hockey legend whose effective strides and explosive shot contributed to 6 Stanley Cup groups. Ted Mahovlich, Franks son, interviewed such hockey greats as Gordie Howe, Bobby Hull, man LaFluer and Henri "Rocket" Richard to recreate one of many maximum NHL careers of all-time.

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At the display rack he was immediately attracted to the goalie sticks, which were uniquelonger, wider, stronger, and three times the price of a regular stick. Instantly, owning one became the most important thing in the world. He explained to his mother that none of his friends had such a stick and they needed one to play a real game. But of course, between Frank and his object of desire was the exorbitant price of five dollars, which was a great deal of money for the family in such lean times; Cecilia really couldn't justify spending that amount.

An opportunity Peter heard about from a friend got him thinking about a change of scene. A dairy farm, which included a large stone farmhouse, had come up for sale just west of town. Although they Page 9 could not afford the farm on their own, a close friend of the family liked the idea and went in as a partner. Working day after day in the wide-open country, smelling the hay and manure, feeling the sun and the wind, and just being with the family was a welcome change for Peter. The two families worked together, sharing the chores.

Fortunately, friends in the community were glad to help out where they could. "The skates I got were from my godmother's son and they were a size eleven. I had to put on three or four pairs of socks to make them fit. " One day, worn down by Frank's insistence, Cecilia took him to the hardware store to get a hockey stick. A gush of cold winter air Page 8 followed them into the store, and after they had kicked the slush off their feet, Frank trooped down the narrow aisles to the back. At the display rack he was immediately attracted to the goalie sticks, which were uniquelonger, wider, stronger, and three times the price of a regular stick.

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