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Sunday, 26 June 2016

The Rap Sheet

Well, I never thought I'd be writing an article like this on HBIC, but there has been some hockey-related stories dealing with law enforcement once again this week. The key in this is that these are three separate incidents that happened, and they each have their own set of circumstances that will make you shake your head. I know I did. While hockey players are usually considered to be "good ol' boys," it's clear that not everyone remains on the right side of the police ledger. Buckle up. Here we go!

We'll start with a guy who has repeatedly been misidentified as Winnipeg Jets prospect. Had anyone bothered to read HBIC in the last year, you would have read that Darren Kramer was invited to Moose camp on a professional tryout. Yes, they signed him in December for the remainder of the season, but he was never in the Jets' plans whatsoever. Now that we've corrected the record, let's get to the mugshot seen to the right.

Darren Kramer was tasered and arrested following a fight with a police officer at Walt Disney World in Florida following an incident in which Kramer and a friend stole bowling pins. Yes, bowling pins. Reportedly, the incident began when a police officer confronted the friend, stating his name as "Corbin", who was holding a flag and the bowling pins which were apparently stolen from a Splitsville display. Corbin, in his defence, stated that he had won them after a high-scoring game. Police were detaining Corbun when Kramer yelled, "Run!"

Police approached Kramer to speak to him about Corbin when he began to fight with the officers. The affidavit reads,
"Kramer then violently pulled away from me, as I was maintaining control of the handcuff and his free left arm. Kramer pulled me off my feet and began to run. I was able to maintain control of the handcuff and pull him toward me. Kramer was then able to turn completely toward me and break the control I had of his handcuff. I then observed Kramer to lower his right shoulder and raise his left arm and if he was preparing to strike me with a punch.... Due to our close proximity I then reached out to Kramer and grabbed his shirt and attempted to pull him off balance. Kramer stepped forward and lowered his head, hitting me in the chest. This caused both of us to fall to the ground where Kramer ended up falling onto me."
As Kramer continued to fight with the officer, he was tasered and arrested. He was taken to Orange County jail where he was charged with grand theft, battery of a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest. He was released from custody on June 21 on a $500 bond.

TEEBZ'S THOUGHTS: Bowling pins. Kramer seriously derailed his professional hockey dreams over bowling pins? SERIOUSLY?!? Let's be honest in how dumb this is. I mean, the guy brawled a police officer at Walt Disney World. The happiest place on Earth. SERIOUSLY. If I'm the Manitoba Moose, I walk away from Kramer.

While the image to the left of Evander Kane being arrested is a joke, it may soon become reality as the former Winnipeg Jet is in trouble in Buffalo. Again. While nothing came from the previous allegation and the complaint was dropped, Kane has twice as many problems as last time with the new complaint that the Buffalo Police are now investigating.

According to WIVB's Nalina Shapiro, Evander Kane was allegedly involved in an incident at a Buffalo nightclub called Bottom's Up. A group that had Kane in it was escorted from the bar according to the club's general manager, David Robida. Two women have filed two separate complaints against Kane that the Buffalo Police are investigating.

Kane's attorney, Paul Cambria, released a brief statement already, saying, "Evander states he did nothing wrong."

TEEBZ'S THOUGHTS: Ugh. Don't say we didn't warn you, Buffalo fans. This is the second time that women have made complaints against Kane. While the first complaint saw no charges filed by the Erie County District Attorney's Office, this seems to be the start of a trend. I will assume innocence until he's proven guilty, but Evander Kane makes bad choices a lot of the time. These repeated complaints against the Sabres winger should worry Sabres GM Tim Murray.

Finally, the third incident this week comes from a Hall-of-Famer. Former Bruins and Avalanche defenceman Ray Bourque was in a Molson Canadian commercial earlier this year, but no one bothered to check what he had been sipping when he was pulled over after a two-car collision in Massachusetts. The 55 year-old was arrested and booked on Friday night.

According to Lt. Cecilia Blais of the Andover, Massachusetts Police Department, Bourque was charged with operating under the influence, posted bail, and was released after he was arrested following a two-car collision on Friday night around 11:30pm.

Bourque released a statement through Celebrity Marketing Incorporated today that read,
"For the first time in my life, I find myself in unfamiliar territory. I am not happy about the situation I put myself into on Friday Night. I am a very proud person that accepts the responsibility of my actions and have always accepted being in the media eye. I have used this popularity to try and positively impact as many lives as possible. I am happy that no one was hurt in the accident and thank everyone who has reached out in support of my family and me. Please be patient as I go through this process and respect my family and my privacy.

Thank you all for your understanding."
TEEBZ'S THOUGHTS: Bourque will settle this out of court and will be required to do some community service. This one will go away quietly because he's Ray Bourque. In Boston. Where he's a legend.

There's the rap sheet for this week, folks. I will go ahead and assume that there won't be any additional police reports filed with prominent hockey names on them in the next few months, but anything could happen.

Evander Kane, however, needs to really start thinking about his life choices.

Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!

Saturday, 25 June 2016

TBC: The Crazy Game

The summer of reading great hockey books continues on HBIC today. There are a lot of people who know of Clint Malarchuk mostly due to the graphic injury he suffered on the ice with the Buffalo Sabres. But how many people actually know Clint Malarchuk? I'd wager not many do, so having the opportunity to read his book has opened my eyes in a major way. Teebz's Book Club is proud to review The Crazy Game, written by Clint Malarchuk and Dan Robson and published by HarperCollins. The story told in The Crazy Game surrounds Malarchuk's hockey career that took him across North America, but it's a far deeper story about a man who nearly derailed his own career and life several times with his ongoing battle with mental illness. To say this story made me aware of the battle that those suffer with mental illnesses have to suffer is like calling Mount Everest "a little hill". I have a whole new respect for Clint Malarchuk after reading The Crazy Game.

Clint Malarchuk is remembered by most hockey fans who nearly died on the ice in Buffalo after Steve Tuttle's errant skate clipped his neck and sliced open his jugular vein. Malarchuk did a lot more in hockey than that one moment, though, as he played for the Quebec Nordiques, Washington Capitals, and the Sabres in the NHL, and the IHL's San Diego Gulls and Las Vegas Thunder later in his career. He moved into coaching, and has been a goaltending consultant for the Florida Panthers, Columbus Blue Jackets, and Calgary Flames. His real passion has been horses as he's worked in several rodeos and runs an equine dentistry service as well! He and his wife, Joanie, live in Nevada on the Canuck Ranch that they own and operate!

Dan Robson is a writer for Sportsnet magazine, and he written pieces for The Canadian Press, Toronto Star, and the CBC. He has also written Quinn: The Life of a Hockey Legend about the late Pat Quinn. He is a regular contributor to the Sportsnet website, and was part of the production of Home and Really Far Away: The Boys from Whale Cove which was a finalist for Best Sports Program at the Canadian Screen Awards. Dan graduated from Carleton University with a Master's Degree in journalism, and currently lives in Toronto where he plies his trade.

The Crazy Game is probably one of the most open, raw books I have ever read. Clint Malarchuk holds nothing back in talking abut his life in this autobiographical examination, and he certainly pulls no punches when he talks of the battles he faced with his various incarnations of mental illness. It's a very stream-of-consciousness style of writing, but the raw emotion that Malarchuk shows and the impact on the reader can't be stressed enough.

From his broken home as a child when his father caved into his battle with alcoholism, Malarchuk speaks candidly about his own anxiety, obsessive-compulsion disorder, and how he wrestled with his demons through to his performances with the WHL's Portland Winterhawks. Once he was drafted by the Nordiques, he continued to battle with these diseases, but his jealousy and anger began to take over as his first marriage broke down. From there, he masked the internal problems with his jocular nature and drinking - a combination that led him further down the dark hole he was heading. The first half of The Crazy Game takes you on a roller coaster of the ups and downs in Malarchuk's hockey career.

It's the second-half of The Crazy Game that will take you to places that will shake you to your core. Malarchuk describes in vivid detail the oft-seen breakdowns that he suffered right through to his attempted suicide and his long trek back through rehab and medical help that now has him on the right track. Malarchuk fully admits that it's a day-to-day battle that goes through, having its ups and downs still, but he's surrounded himself with good doctors, his family, and his friends who all have solid grasp on what is happening in his head now. That's a very good thing in this writer's opinion.

One of the passages that hit me hardest in The Crazy Game was the following piece. I was emotional reading it after everything else I had read, and it really hit me hard because of everything that Malarchuk's already been through. He writes,
"This book wasn't easy to write. It took me back to a lot of places I never wanted to see again. I heard stories from people that I love about the things I did - the things I couldn't fully see - and realized how painful and terrible it was for them. Every damn page of this book hurt. Deep down, I really wanted to finish this, but I didn't realize that revisiting this turmoil was going to affect me the way it did. In the process of writing this book, my anxiety started to build again. As the words came together and I saw them on the page, the anxiety continued to grow - stronger and stronger until it consumed me like it had so many terrible times before. Over the coourse of three months, starting in October, as the contents of the book were reported and drafts were passed around, I started to lose control of my ability to deal with the anxiety, and the depression started to resurface."
These types of descriptions about the demons that Malarchuk faced are littered throughout the book, and it's what makes reading The Crazy Game such an emotional ride. You really empathize with his friends and family in terms of the turmoil they were in only to read about the guilt and anger Malarchuk has towards himself for messing everything up. The Crazy Game pulls you in a number of directions, and it's an intense read throughout the book.

For someone who has never had a lot of experience in understanding mental illness, The Crazy Game was an absolute eye-opener for me. I was glued to this book through the entire 247 pages. I grew up watching Malarchuk in Buffalo, and he always seemed to be that back-up goalie who found a way to win. I never knew he was dealing with a pile of demons who almost did him in later in his life. Having lost a good friend to suicide, it has given me new insight into what may have been happening in his life and I wish I could have done more.

If nothing else, Clint Malarchuk's story has allowed him to speak to people all over this land about his experiences, and hopefully his urging to those people to get help if they feel they are losing control might have saved lives. There is some rather strong language and situations that I'd consider not appropriate for younger readers, so I recommend this book to all adults and elder teens. However, because of the intense story and the strong message carried on the pages, The Crazy Game certainly deserves the Teebz's Book Club Seal of Approval!

Find The Crazy Game at your local bookstore or library and get ready for an emotional, intense read. If Malarchuk's story doesn't give you a new perspective on mental illness and the importance for those suffering from mental illness to seek help, I'm not sure anything will provide that perspective.

Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!

Friday, 24 June 2016

Draft Day Recap!

Thirty kids got their big break tonight as the NHL Entry Draft took place in Buffalo, New York. Would things pan out with Auston Matthews going first? Who would make the first big trade of the evening in trying to improve his team in one fell swoop? Would any of the "expendable" goaltenders get moved to alleviate salary cap and expansion problems? There were many questions lingering over this draft, but how many would be answered? We'd find out over three hours as the NHL Entry Draft's first round was televised!

I'll keep this short and sweet with my thoughts on each pick and trade. I'll keep them somewhat broken up into easy-to-follow sections, so let's not waste any time as I break down the action that happened in Buffalo!

1. TORONTO SELECTS AUSTON MATTHEWS. No surprise here as Toronto gets its coveted first-line centerman. However, what was noticeable was the new jersey that Matthews threw on. Toronto kept things simple and sharp. I would have liked the double stripe on the hem to match the striping on the arms, but there's nothing wrong with this Toronto jersey as all. I still wouldn't wear one, though.

TRADE: Montreal trades Lars Eller to Washington for their 2017 second-round and 2018 second-round picks. This was part-one of Montreal's moves because...

TRADE: Chicago trades Andrew Shaw to Montreal for the 39th-overall and 45th-overall picks. Shaw will dd some much needed grit and a bit a scoring that Montreal lacked so much last year. He's not the piece that will put them into Stanley Cup chatter, but he'll help a rather soft forward group.

2. WINNIPEG SELECTS PATRIK LAINE. Winnipeg needs a bonafide goal scorer, and they get their man with Laine. He should change the dynamic for the Winnipeg top-six. Another no-brainer pick.

3. COLUMBUS SELECTS PIERRE-LUC DUBOIS. He was ranked as the top North American skater, and there's no question that Columbus needed a solid centerman after they dealt Ryan Johansen to Nashville. There may be questions as to his NHL readiness, but Dubois is still a good choice for the Blue Jackets despite there being a better all-around player still available.

4. EDMONTON SELECTS JESSE PULJUJARVI. They absolutely needed a defenceman, but there's no way that anyone would pass up Puljujarvi if he fell into one's lap. No-brainer. It should also be noted that Edmonton has a new patch on the jersey they gave Puljujarvi.

5. VANCOUVER SELECTS OLLI JUOLEVI. For a team that doesn't know whether it's rebuilding or tearing down, selecting the best defenceman available isn't a bad choice. Whether or not Juolevi is in Vancouver in five years is a different story, but he should help in the short-term while Jim Benning decides if he actually likes his job.

6. CALGARY SELECTS MATTHEW TKACHUK. Calgary lacks any sort of finisher around the net, and Tkachuk gives them that. They have speedy, skilled forwards, but they don't have that body who will drive to the net and chip home rebound after rebound. Tkachuk is good in close, and should be able to put up numbers like his dad when he finally fills out.

7. ARIZONA SELECTS CLAYTON KELLER. Arizona took a very skilled forward, but everyone expected Arizona to go with a defenceman. However, this was just part of John Chayka's new analytical plan going forward in the desert. We'll hear more from Arizona shortly.

8. BUFFALO SELECTS ALEX NYLANDER. On a day where Evander Kane was in trouble once more, Tim Murray might have found a suitable replacement for Kane. Nylander is skilled, can skate, and certainly has the hands to bury 30 goals per season. Kudos to Tim Murray on getting the best player at his spot.

9. MONTREAL SELECTS MIKHAIL SERGACHEV. Rumors swirled about the possibility of Montreal considering a deal for PK Subban, but I believe they took Sergachev as a possible replacement for the aging Andrei Markov. Sergachev might be able to step in right away, but I'd give him one year in the AHL to see how he adapts. Otherwise, that Markov spot is his in the near future.

TRADE: St. Louis trades Brian Elliott to Calgary for the 35th-overall pick and a conditional third-round pick in 2018. If Elliott re-signs, the conditional pick goes to St. Louis. Calgary needed a goaltender, and they got a very solid netminder in Elliott. In only giving up a second-round pick, they didn't overspend. This was a good deal for the Flames. The Blues, meanwhile, will go with Jake Allen and alleviate themselves of the problem of two players who want more starting minutes.

10. COLORADO SELECTS TYSON JOST. I like this pick for Colorado in terms of skill, but it doesn't help them down the middle in terms of size. Jost will be a bit of a project for the Avalanche until he matures physically, but they will have three incredible centermen if they can hold onto Duchene and MacKinnon until Jost arrives.

TRADE: New Jersey trades the 11th-overall pick to Ottawa for the 12th-overall and 80th-overall picks. Two teams flip in the draft order.

11. OTTAWA SELECTS LOGAN BROWN. Ottawa went and got big down the middle in a hurry. They needed to add some size. They needed a solid centerman. Brown's going to be a bit of a project for the next few years until he grows into that towering frame, but he has the raw talent to be a solid NHL player.

12. NEW JERSEY SELECTS MICHAEL MCLEOD. No one will doubt the heart and will to be the best that McLeod possesses. It's the hands and skating ability that might draw some questions. McLeod will be a good player for New Jersey, but he'll need some AHL time to develop his game first.

13. CAROLINA SELECTS JAKE BEAN. Carolina might have the deepest blue line in five years. Noah Hanifin is already proving he belongs, Haydn Fleury is developing, and now they have the best offensive defenceman in the draft in my view. This Hurricanes team will be dangerous from the blue line eventually.

14. BOSTON SELECTS CHARLES MCAVOY. When you think of the defencemen that Boston lost ove rthe last few years and couple that with Zdeno Chara's age, the Bruins needed a future top defenceman. Charles McAvoy could be that player. He has exceptional vision, skating, and passing. The only question will be if he can adapt to the NHL game.

15. MINNESOTA SELECTS LUKE KUNIN. After buying out Thomas Vanek earlier in the day, the Wild went and took a solid play-making centerman. Kunin isn't as flashy as some of the centermen up above, but he has a good sense for the game and makes excellent plays with his vision and abilities. This is a good, safe pick by the Wild for the future.

TRADE: Detroit trades Pavel Datsyuk and the 16th-overall pick to Arizona for Joe Vitale and the 20th-overall and 53rd-overall picks. The fact that Ken Holland moved Pavel Datsyuk's contract should have him in the running for GM of the year already. John Chayka's master plan continues to unfold because...

16. ARIZONA SELECTS JAKOB CHYCHRUN. He just signed Goligoski. He has Oliver Ekman-Larsson. He now has another solid defenceman who might be a year from stepping into the Coyotes' lineup. Chychrun comes from a solid lineage, and he's already close to being physically mature.

17. NASHVILLE SELECTS DANTE FABBRO. If there's a skilled defenceman on the board, he's probably going to Nashville. They have turned Ryan Ellis into an effective player despite his size, and Fabbro follows that same path. He could be a solid top-four defenceman in a few years.

TRADE: Philadelphia trades the 18th-overall and 79th-overall picks to Winnipeg for the 22nd-overall and 36th-overall picks.

18. WINNIPEG PICKS LOGAN STANLEY. Two Logans in the same round? Was there a Wolverine baby convention somewhere? In any case, the Jets pick the 6'7" defenceman who many scouts have felt was the most-improved player over the last year. Yes, he's going to have to grow into that frame as he's still a little wiry, but Winnipeg might have the tallest blue line in the league with Byfuglien, Myers, and, one day, Stanley.

19. NEW YORK ISLANDERS SELECT KIEFFER BELLOWS. With the threat of losing Kyle Okposo looming, the Islanders went and got themselves the best American goal scorer still available in the draft. Bellows is one of four players to score 50+ goals for the US U-18 team in the USHL, and he has the speed and skill to be a threat in the NHL.

20. DETROIT SELECTS DENNIS CHOLOWSKI. It was surprising to see Detroit take a kid who needs to fill out and has decided to go to school next year, but it fits their modus operandi as they want players who are ready to step in and contribute. I thought they'd take another bonafide goal scorer, but it's never a bad thing to take a defenceman who has excellent skills and hockey sense.

21. CAROLINA SELECTS JULIEN GAUTHIER. Need a big body who can score a pile of goals? Carolina can cross that off their list. Gauthier's production dropped off a little towards the end of the season, but there's no question this kid is a finisher. Carolina has to be happy getting Gauthier at this spot.

22. PHILADELPHIA SELECTS GERMAN RUBTSOV. Ron Hextall said he wanted to improve the speed and skill of his forwards, and the Russian centerman gives them that. He's a little undersized for the NHL at the moment, but the skill is definitely NHL-ready. A Russian in Philly - who would have thunk it?

23. FLORIDA SELECTS HENRIK BORGSTROM. He didn't get selected last season, but the 6'3" centerman has great hockey sense and will be going to the NCAA next season. Florida can afford to wait for him to get accustomed to the North American game, and he should be a nice addition to the Panthers when he's ready.

24. ANAHEIM SELECTS MAX JONES. If Anaheim was tough to play against before, Max Jones just made it a little harder. He's gritty, he can score goals, and he's defensively responsible. He won't outscore a Corey Perry, but he'll be one of those guys like Andrew Cogliano who always seems to chip in a goal when needed.

25. DALLAS SELECTS RILEY TUFTE. If he turns out like the player he's often compared to in Nick Bjugstad, the Dallas Stars got a steal in Riley Tufte. He's a graduate of the Minnesota High School system so he has a solid hockey foundation, but it will be entirely up to how he physically develops that will determine whether he'll be a Dallas Star one day.

TRADE: Washington trades the 26th-overall pick to St. Louis for the 28th-overall and 87th-overall picks. Flip of picks. No big deal.

26. ST. LOUIS SELECTS TAGE THOMPSON. The Blues are hoping Thompson grows into his 6'5" frame and becomes the next David Backes. He has good hockey sense, but there's definitely a feeling that Thompson is a project at best. It'll be a few years before the jury comes back on this pick. The Blues also have a new patch!

27. TAMPA BAY SELECTS BRETT HOWDEN. Tampa Bay makes the safe pick. Howden is a solid centerman who can play both ends of the ice. He'll need a bit of AHL time to get his pro game up to snuff for Jon Cooper, but Howden has the chops and skill to be a reliable NHL centerman.

28. WASHINGTON SELECTS LUCAS JOHANSEN. Johansen is a decent pick for a Washington team that needs two-way defencemen. Like his brother Ryan, though, he sometimes lacks for confidence in situations when his skill set has proven otherwise. If Barry Trotz can get him playing to his potential, Capitals fans will like this pick a lot.

29. BOSTON SELECTS TRENT FREDERIC. Frederic could be a taller Patrice Bergeron if he continues his development. He's very responsible on the defensive end, can contribute in the offensive zone, and is an excellent penalty killer. He won't wow you with his offensive stats, but the Bruins could be looking at another Selke winner down the road.

30. ANAHEIM SELECTS SAM STEEL. Anaheim adds some speed and skill down the middle with Steel. Steel is more of a play-maker much in the same mold as Ryan Getzlaf where he gains the zone, but allows his teammates to gain the zone before distributing the puck. He'll need a little AHL time, but I fully expect to see Sam Steel feeding Max Jones passes at some point in the future.

There are still a pile of names on the board that will help a number of teams, so this is just the beginning. There were a couple of notable teams who didn't participate - Pittsburgh, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Jose - so expect them to be aggressive on Day Two of the NHL Entry Draft!

Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!

Thursday, 23 June 2016

The Hockey Show - Episode 196

The Hockey Show, Canada's only campus-produced hockey radio show, returns to the airwaves and the internet stream tonight as we chat about the major stories of the week from the hockey world. Of course, that involves a Nevada city where an announcement and a few trophies were handed out, but it also involves Buffalo, New York where we'll see a number of young players join the professional hockey ranks! The Hockey Show is all over the map tonight!

Tonight, Teebz, Beans, and TJ will venture in as three GMs looking to make 30 teams better as The Hockey Show holds its first-ever mock draft on the eve of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft from Buffalo! The only difference is that we'll make 30 picks in 30 minutes or less thanks to the time limitations of our show. Yeah, we don't get a day plus a couple of hours like the NHL does. We'll also chat about Vegas and the new team, the NHL Awards, and a few of the trades and signings made over the last few days. It's another big show as we get ready for the new crop of talent to join the NHL!

As always, we're taking your calls tonight so call us at (204) 269-8636 (269-UMFM) if you wanna get in on the discussion! Make sure you tune your radio dial in the Winnipeg region to 101.5 on your FM dial or listen live between 5:30pm and 6:30pm CT on your web-enabled device at the UMFM webpage! Tweet me anytime with questions you may have by hitting me up at @TeebzHBIC on Twitter. You can also post some stuff to Facebook if you use the "Like" feature, and I always have crazy stuff posted there that doesn't make it to the blog or show. We're talking Vegas, Buffalo, awards, and draft picks The Hockey Show only on 101.5 UMFM!

PODCAST: June 23, 2016: Episode 196

Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Hunting For Books

I love reading in the summer. It's always a pleasure to sit out on the patio with a cold beverage where I can read a book in an afternoon. If there's a nice breeze, it makes for a glorious afternoon where I get lost in the words on the pages. I still have a few books at HBIC Headquarters that I need to read through and post reviews for, but I'll admit that I spend time in thrift shops and old bookstores hunting for a select few books that I'd love to add to my collection of hockey stories. While you can see the vast number of books I've had the pleasure in reviewing on the right, the list of books below are the ones that I still want to find and read at some point. Yes, my library card might even get a solid workout this summer if I can find and reserve the books online through my local library's website.

In no particular order, here is the list of books I haven't been able to find yet. I'm still hoping that I'll come across these stories at reasonable prices or for library borrowing costs - free is good! - but the list is extensive. If you've read any of these books, please give me a shout and let me know what the book was like. Or, better yet, send a review into HBIC and I'll post it!

In no particular order, here is "The List":
  • The Hockey Book by Bill Roche.
  • The Puck Starts Here by Garth Vaughan.
  • Hockey Night In Canada by Richard Gruneau and David Whitson.
  • Hockey's Captains, Colonels, and Kings by Bill Fitsell.
  • The Stick by Bruce Dowbiggin.
  • Rocket Richard by Andy O'Brien.
  • Looking Out For Number One by Dave Semenko.
  • The Hammer: Confessions of a Hockey Enforcer by Dave Schultz.
  • Net Worth by David Cruise and Alison Griffiths.
  • Zamboni Rodeo by Jason Cohen.
  • I Play to Win by Stan Mikita.
  • Hockey Dreams by David Adams Richards.
  • Breakaway by Charles Wilkins.
  • The Drubbing of Nesterenko by Hanford Woods.
  • The Good Body by Bill Gaston.
  • The Last Season by Roy MacGregor.
  • Hero of the Play by Richard Harrison.
  • My Career with the Leafs and Other Stories by Brian Fawcett.
  • Total Hockey by Dan Diamond.
  • Hockey Night in Dixie by Jon C. Stott.
  • The Hockey I Love by Vladislav Tretiak.
As you can see, there is a wide-range of topics on the list. There are autobiographies, biographies, and general writing about hockey. All of these books, however, interest me in one way or another for various reasons. For example, I would love to read The Hockey I Love by Tretiak simply to read how one of the greatest goaltenders in hockey history sees the game. I was enthralled with Tretiak's previous book (review coming soon!) so I really want to get another take on the game from the Soviet puck-stopper.

Am I missing any good hockey books that haven't been reviewed and deserve to be on the list? Throw me a line in the comments, and I'll add your suggestions to the list. Good hockey literature is always appreciated!

Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!