- A biography of hockey’s first and undisputed all-time King. Once described as “that irrepressible Irishman from Ottawa who was 135 pounds of muscle and conversation,” Francis Michael “King” Clancy is the grit and substance of what great hockey stars are all about. From the time he began his professional career as an enthusiastic 18-year-old with the Ottawa Senators in 1921, Clancy’s flamboyant style and skills on the ice earned him the undisputed title of hockey’s first and all-time King. Here he tells his own story to sportscaster and author Brian McFarlane, reminiscing about the good, grand old days of play with the Senators and Maple Leafs, and teammates like Red Horner, Charlie Conacher, Howie Morenz, Joe Primeau, and Busher Jackson. Such days, he recalls, “were gay and carefree and rollicking.” And it is with this spirit in mind that the King recreates memories as colorful and hardy as the men who made them, and the name of the game they played.
Hockey has long been a major part of Brian McFarlane’s life. Always an enthusiastic fan, he played Junior A hockey for three years, and in 1951 attended St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y., on a hockey scholarship, winning recognition as an all-American centre. Since 1955 he has been a sportscaster in both Canada and the United States. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1995.
Published: September 1997
Dimensions: 6 x 9 in.