Glenn 'Chico' Resch

"If I wasn't talking, I wouldn't know what to say."
- Chico Resch

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Dynasty 'Dynasty: The Oral History of the New York Islanders, 1972-1984'
Examines one of the all-time greatest NHL teams.

Ask any hockey historian about the greatest all-time teams, and the 1980-1984 New York Islanders are sure to be towards the top of their list. Assembled by general manager Bill Torrey and taught the art of dominance by head coach Al Arbour, the Islanders of this era included such subsequent Hall of Famers as Bryan Trottier, Mike Bossy, Denis Potvin, Clark Gillies, and Billy Smith, and won four consecutive Stanley Cups. And the new 412 page book, 'Dynasty: The Oral History of the New York Islanders, 1972-1984,' focuses solely on this period of the Islanders. Author/journalist Greg Prato conducted nearly 30 all-new, exclusive interviews with players, coaches, trainers, broadcasters, and a celebrity fan for the book, which is not only a genuine account of the Islanders from this time, but also, of the National Hockey League in general. Set up in the oral history format, Dynasty reads like a documentary, but in book form, as the participants weigh in on the ups and downs of the Islanders, and pull no punches in their recollections and opinions. Those that were interviewed for the book include such NHL Hall of Famers as Bill Torrey, Al Arbour, Jimmy Devellano, Bryan Trottier, and Clark Gillies, as well as such popular Islanders as Bob Nystrom, Eddie Westfall, Glenn "Chico" Resch, and Ken Morrow, plus long-time Islander fan/producer of 'The Howard Stern Show,' Gary "Baba Booey" Dell'Abate, and respected hockey historian Stan Fischler and Hall of Fame broadcaster, Jiggs McDonald. Chapters include year-by-year analyzations and memories of the Islanders' first twelve years, the building of the team, Bob Nystrom's historic 1980 Cup-winning goal, what prevented the Islanders from winning a fifth consecutive Stanley Cup, their intense rivalry with the Rangers, and what it was like to play against Wayne Gretzky. Also included are previously unpublished photos from the Islanders' first-ever Stanley Cup victory parade. Priced at $24.99, 'Dynasty: The Oral History of the New York Islanders, 1972-1984' is the definitive story of one of all-time great professional sports teams.