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Author Talk: Tim Rappleye, JACK PARKER'S WISEGUYS: The National Champion BU Terriers, the Blizzard of '78, and the Road to the Miracle on Ice

JACK PARKER’S WISEGUYS is the story of a high-flying, headline-dominating, national championship squad led by three future stars of the “Miracle on Ice,” the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team that beat the heavily favored Soviet Union. Now retired, Parker is a thoughtful statesman for the sport, a revered figure who held the longest tenure of any coach in Boston sports history. But during the 1977–78 season, he was just five years into his reign—and only a decade or so older than his players. Fiery, mercurial, as tough as any of his tough guys, Parker and his team were to face the pressure-cooker expectations of four previous also-ran seasons, further heightened by barroom brawls, off-the-ice shenanigans, and the citywide shutdown caused by the biggest blizzard to ever hit the Northeast.

Event date: 
Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Event address: 
243 E. Front Street
Traverse City, MI 49684

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