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All-time Racers goal scorer REG THOMAS calls the
book, "Excellent — a great book, especially from
the fan's point of view."
CURTIS WALKER, author of the WHA
hockey history book, says,
"I highly recommend this
to leave any hockey fan with a smile."
Author TIMOTHY GASSEN (left) was a guest in 2008 of
TODD WALSH (right)
on the NHL Phoenix Coyotes
TV show, discussing the Racers book.
clip of the TV
appearance is HERE.
NEWS: Author Timothy Gassen has completed
radio interviews for the national "Inside Hockey"
radio show, ESPN950 and WIBC in Indy, and FOX59 TV.
Highlights from these appearances are online HERE
NEWS: THE BOOK HAS BEEN ADDED TO THE OFFICIAL
COLLECTION OF THE
HOCKEY HALL OF FAME
NEWS: WATCH FOR US IN THE PRINTED & ONLINE
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"For fans of the WHA and hockey history in general, Gassen
a treat." — The Hockey News
POSITIVE WAVES: new 2018 Racers book now available!
We are excited to announce the puiblication of the updated edition of the WHA
Racers book, with the new title "POSITIVE WAVES:
a history of Indianapolis
Racers hockey 1974-1979."
The critically acclaimed first edition of the book was published in 2007 with the title
"Red, White & Blues: a personal history of Indianapolis Racers hockey
1974-1979," and has been out-of-print for several years.
Positive Waves is the only firsthand history of Wayne Gretzky's entrance to major
league hockey, and the remarkable story of how Indianapolis became dedicated to
WHA Racers. Authored by WHA Hall of Fame president Timothy Gassen, the
features a complete team history, multiple Racers player interviews, complete
statistics, and three photo sections including many previously unpublished
the 2018 Racers book add to the original 2007 edition:
* a new additional 20-page photo section
* new updated information and additional material
* newly restored & previously unpublished photos
* new complete index
* new cover design and larger book size
ORDER THE BOOK HERE
STORIES ABOUT THE NOVEMBER 2007 RACERS REUNION
BOOK EVENTS ARE HERE
(LEFT TO RIGHT) Former Racers Ken Block, Reg Thomas, author Timothy
Gassen, SuperFan Dave Pickering and Indiana Ice Captain Nick Bailen
drop the puck at center ice before a USHL home game in downtown Indy.
(LEFT TO RIGHT) Ken Block, Reg Thomas, "Hockey Bob" Lamey & Hugh
Harris at a Racers book signing in Indianapolis, November 2007.
ABOUT THE BOOK
When major league hockey came to Indianapolis in 1974, no one knew the sport’s two greatest
players would wear the Racers’ red, white & blue. But the Racers story is so much more than just a launch
pad for Wayne Gretzky & Mark Messier — it is a time when the city’s love affair with hockey
heights, then crashed in heartbreaking defeat. Journalist Timothy Gassen was
only firsthand account of the golden era for pro hockey in Indiana: The
“Red, White & Blues” is a breakthrough book for fans of sports in Indianapolis, the rebel World
Hockey Association, and the game’s greatest player, Wayne Gretzky. The entry of “The Great One”
hockey is detailed for the first time ever, and the curious debut of Mark Messier in a
Racers jersey is
Award-winning hockey writer Timothy Gassen combines years of his recent reporting, interviews
and exhaustive research with his personal recollections of his time in Indianapolis interacting
Racers throughout the franchise’s turbulent, exciting history.
Major league hockey in Indiana finally gets its due in “Red, White & Blues: a personal history of Indianapolis Racers hockey 1974-1979.”
THE GREAT ONE:
For the first time, the real story behind Wayne Gretzky and his mysterious million dollar signing with
the Racers as a 17-year-old rookie in 1978, and the details of his fateful journey to the Edmonton
Oliers — and the Hall of Fame.
A FIRSTHAND ACCOUNT:
The only complete Racers franchise history, told by the players, coaches and fans themselves.
Expert analysis, historical perspective and additional firsthand anecdotes and insight by award-
winning author Timothy Gassen.
READ IT, THEN SEE IT:
More than 50 pages of rare and previously unpublished color and B&W photos of all the Racers greats in action
with and against the best players of the 1970s pro hockey era.
THE LOST LEAGUE:
A detailed, expertly researched look at the WHA — the league that changed the NHL and major league hockey forever.
OTHER RACERS BOOK INFO & MATERIALS AT OTHER SITES:
A KIND REVIEW OF THE BOOK IS HERE
A GREAT Q&A WITH THE AUTHOR IS HERE