Every Canadian town has a hockey story, and Ron MacLean has a hockey story for every town. A new book by the co-author of the national bestseller Cornered. When you first meet Ron MacLean, he asks where you’re from, and he always comes back with a story. No one has crossed this country more than MacLean. In his 28 years on Hockey Night in Canada and now as host of Rogers’ Hometown Hockey, Ron has met fascinating people from coast to coast and has great stories to tell. Now, in this new book, MacLean is back, with brand new tales from across the country. These are stories you’ve never heard before. From London to Castlegar, Yellowknife to Cole Harbour, Medicine Hat to Trois Rivieres, from Bantam to Junior B to the NHL, our country is full of great characters: Players, coaches, hockey moms and hockey dads; rivalries, practical jokes, careers that grew out of nothing and "can’t lose" prospects who flamed out too soon; spectacular triumphs, heart-breaking tragedies and tales of friendship, betrayal, love and loyalty—all compelling, entertaining and inspiring. Once again working with Kirstie McLellan Day, co-author of the blockbuster bestsellers Playing With Fire, Tough Guy and Cornered, this is MacLean at his finest.
In 1996, Bill Boyd set out on the Trans-Canada highway, taking in a few hockey games along the way. In the year that followed, he travelled from Powell River, British Columbia to Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, stopping in communities such as Nanton, Alberta; Estevan, Saskatchewan; Peterborough, Ontario; Victoriaville, Quebec; and Truro, Nova Scotia. In these towns, Boyd finds the people who care about the game and work to keep it alive. Through the words of the fans, the coaches, the scouts, the ex-NHLers and the young hopefuls, "Hockey Towns presents a vivid, heartwarming portrait of our national pastime.
Winning is about more than putting the puck in the net. A team needs to work hard every day, both on and off the ice, to create the strength and determination required to make a run at victory. It also takes a community of people dedicated to helping in any way they can. The Soo Greyhounds have become one of the most dynamic, successful, and exciting teams playing hockey in North America, but they didn’t get there alone. In Sault Ste. Marie, it takes a village to raise a hockey team. Player profiles include some of the Greyhounds’ alumni, such as Wayne Gretzky, Ron Francis, Joe Thornton, Paul Coffey, Adam Foote, John Vanbiesbrouck and Craig Hartsburg as they pursued their hockey and other dreams. Hound Town looks at the relationship between a team and its community as the franchise heads into its forty-fifth season. It also, demystifies the operations of a hockey franchise in the OHL by providing accurate information to assist players, parents, advisors, and fans. Through player profiles, highlights and struggles from each season, and a look behind the scenes at the amazing people who provide support, it shows that the Soo Greyhounds are an integral part of Sault Ste. Marie, and truly the community’s team. From the team’s first season in 1972 to the shifting trends in today’s game, the book provides an insider’s perspective on a seminal OHL hockey club, and what it takes to make Sault Ste. Marie one of the best hockey towns anywhere.
At a time when Canada's influence in hockey seems to be slipping, "Hockey Towns" assures us that the spirit of the game will endure in our communities. William Boyd takes us on a journey across Canada -- from Glace Bay, Nova Scotia to Powell River, British Columbia -- for a look at hockey outside the big cities. Visiting places like Truro, Nova Scotia (where there's a run for the Allan Cup, senior hockey's top prize), Bienfait, Saskatchewan, and Stonewall, Manitoba, Boyd finds the people who care about the game and work to keep it alive. He sits in on junior-league coaching sessions, heated playoff games between rival teams, and the coffee-shop conversations that relive the good old days. "Hockey Towns" paints a vivid picture of where hockey came from and where it is today, from the enthusiastic kids who practice early Saturday mornings to the former NHL players who keep the spirit alive in their late-night oldtimers' games. What emerges is a heartwarming portrait of our national pastime on a small-town level, where its roots have always been.
Hockey occupies a prominent place in the Canadian cultural lexicon, as evidenced by the wealth of hockey-centred stories and novels published within Canada. In this exciting new work, Jason Blake takes readers on a thematic journey through Canadian hockey literature, examining five common themes - nationhood, the hockey dream, violence, national identity, and family - as they appear in hockey fiction. Blake examines the work of such authors as Mordecai Richler, David Adams Richards, Paul Quarrington, and Richard B. Wright, arguing that a study of contemporary hockey fiction exposes a troubled relationship with the national sport. Rather than the storybook happy ending common in sports literature of previous generations, Blake finds that today's fiction portrays hockey as an often-glorified sport that in fact leads to broken lives and ironic outlooks. The first book to focus exclusively on hockey in print, Canadian Hockey Literature is an accessible work that challenges popular perceptions of a much-beloved national pastime.
Reports from Northern Canada to the Mexican Border
Author: William T. Boyd
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
Category: Sports & Recreation
All Roads Lead to Hockey reflects Bill Boyd's lengthy odyssey across the North American continent in search of hockey's roots. From Barrie, Ontario, where he reflects on one of the best junior hockey teams, all the way to Laredo, Texas, where he investigates a thriving Hispanic hockey program, Boyd vividly portrays a transnational pastime. (Texas, it turns out, has more professional hockey teams than any other U.S. state or Canadian province.) All Roads Lead to Hockey features interviews with fans, current players, retired champions, and coaches, including hockey legend Jim Brophy. Through their words, Boyd captures hockey?s timeless magic.
Distracted, Delighted and Distressed by Canada's Hockey Obsession
Author: Stephen Smith
Publisher: Greystone Books
Category: Sports & Recreation
Like many a Canadian kid, Stephen Smith was up on skates first thing as a boy, out in the weather chasing a puck and the promise of an NHL career. Back indoors after that didn’t quite work out, he turned to the bookshelf. That’s where, without entirely meaning to, he ended up reading all the hockey books. There was Crunch and Boom Boom, Slashing! and High Stick; there was Max Bentley: Hockey’s Dipsy-Doodle Dandy, Blue Line Murder, and Nagano, a Czech hockey opera. There was Blood on the Ice, Cracked Ice, Fire On Ice, Power On Ice, Cowboy On Ice, and Steel On Ice. In Puckstruck, Smith chronicles his wide-eyed and sometimes wincing wander through hockey’s literature, language, and culture, weighing its excitement and unbridled joy against its costs and vexing brutality. In exploring his own lifelong love of the game, hoping to surprise some sense out of it, he sifts hockey’s narratives in search of hockey’s heart, what it means and why it should distress us even as we celebrate its glories. On a journey to discover what the game might have to say about who we are as Canadians, he seeks to answer some of its essential riddles.
A Professional Amateur in the World of Big-Time Hockey
Author: George Plimpton
Publisher: Random House
Category: Sports & Recreation
After forays into American football, golf and the world of professional boxing, George Plimpton accepts his riskiest assignment yet: taking to the ice as goalie for his beloved National Hockey League team, the Boston Bruins. Signing a release holding the Bruins blameless if he should meet with injury or worse, his initiation into the league’s toughest tribe begins. But when the Bruins find themselves up against the equally fearsome Philadelphia Flyers, a mere five minutes in the rink can seem an eternity. Told with Plimpton’s characteristic humour and insight, Open Net is at once a celebration of the thrills and grace of the greatest sport on ice, and a probing meditation into the hopes and fears of every man.
Weaving up and down the ice, driven by the call of the net, hockey's most celebrated centremen sought always to get there first. Fast and furious, constantly in motion, these successful scorers waited for the face-offs, made the plays, took the penalties and controlled the puck. This book celebrates Sid Abel, Frank Boucher, Alex Delvecchio, Henri Richard and others who left their mark on some of the most thrilling moments in hockey history.
Experience a journey that will take you through four major aspects of Financial Planning as it comingles with personal Life Planning. You will see a focus on investment strategies and financial knowledge while helping you to understand the many aspects of personal finance, economics, estate & retirement planning. You will learn of our endless pursuits for material wealth and success at the expense of our health and well-being. Although the pursuit of wealth and success is an ingrained social and cultural phenomenon, sound advice and practical solutions are sprinkled throughout the book to help you manage these societal pressures. Goals and planning are a common thread throughout the book and you will be convinced of the power of the written plan as you move through the pages. Financial planning is not simply about buying a term deposit, stock or mutual fund, but a comprehensive process involving every aspect of your personal fincancial life. From the intital stage of Discovery through Knowledge, Planning and Development to Action, you will come to realize that it is not a one-time deal depositing money into a particular investment or setting up an insurance policy. It is an ongoing dynamic process that changes with your life stages and goals. If you were wondering what has caused the recent financial crisis of 2008, nearly collapsing the global economy, Montague explains why and how this happened. Economic fundamentals ultimalely determine corporate earnings which drive the stock markets up steep hills, over bumpy roads and sometimes right over a cliff. But, written in these pages are many rational investment strategies and conservative money management ideas that will help you to save and invest throughout your careers and retirement with a peace of mind. The component parts of the book are tied together by a philosophy of life that promotes a balanced and moderate life style that will result in peace of mind. I will show you that you have permission to make guilt free change for selfish reasons if needed, for your own self-preservation. Knowledge and developing a passion for learning versus the pursuit of wealth and success are alternate paths everyone should consider. In the end, you will discover the true secret, the truth has always been inside you, if you listen. The major theme is quite clear on the importance to Live For Today! Plan For Tomorrow.
Heart-Pounding, Jaw-Dropping, and Gut-Wrenching Moments from Detroit Red Wings History
Author: Ted Kulfan
Publisher: Triumph Books
Category: Sports & Recreation
If you're a through-thick-and-thin sports fan, The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly is especially for you. It will remind you of the great times and bring a smile to your face knowing you stuck with the team through the bad times, proving your loyalty. For everyone else, this warts-and-all portrait will provide countless fond memories, goose bumps, and laughs.