Breakaway brings hockey fans into the feat of behind-the-scenes intrigue and high-stakes action in the front office of a major league sports franchise.
No one has ever lifted hockey’s Stanley Cup on his own. Winning a championship requires talented athletes, committed owners, creative executives and enthusiastic fans. For the Pittsburgh Penguins, it also meant breaking away from tradition and the way things always had been done.
With team owners desperate to replace the league’s oldest rink and leakiest arena, the Penguins won the rights to draft the hottest player in a generation. A Pittsburgh legend returned to the team on – and off – the ice to lead them into the future. But how did they turn around the fortunes of the troubled franchise?
Breakaway tells the inside story of how the Penguins went from bankruptcy and last place to a profitable new arena and a championship by taking chances other never considered – risking everything to win it all.
“Breakaway… mixes the perfect blend of dogged reporting with colorful story-telling. The detail Andrew Conte provides while lifting the curtain on the behind-the-scenes maneuvering to keep the Penguins in Pittsburgh is remark-able. This is not just a hockey book, this is story of politics and of business that shares the blueprint in how to successfully run an organization. Even the most die-hard Penguins fan will learn something new about the power brokers who saved their franchise.”
~ Craig Custance, National Hockey Writer, ESPN the Magazine
“Andrew Conte provides a fascinating behind-the-scenes read documenting how a once-proud franchise regained its powerhouse status by stickhandling around greedy casino barons, ruthless creditors and a potential relocation to Kansas City. Two thumbs up.”
~Mike Zeisberger, Hockey Columnist, Toronto Sun/QMI Agency
About the Author
Andrew Conte is the founding director of the Center for Media Innovation at Park University. He has worked as an investigative reporter for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, and has won multiple national and statewide awards for his work. The Pennsylvania Society of Professional Journalists has recognized Andrew three times with the Spotlight Award, its annual prize for investigative reporting, and the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania has given him its annual top reporting prize four times. He is the author of the best-selling book Breakway: The Inside Story of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Rebirth and the Silver Benjamin Franklin Award-winning book, The Color of Sundays. Andrew is a graduate of Dickinson College and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. He lives near Pittsburgh.