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#1 OFFLINE   Left Wing Loner

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Posted 03 November 2007 - 01:14 PM

I have purchased and read numerous hockey biographies and books over the last few years. Some were outstanding and others were second rate at best.
I'd like to share what I thought was good and what I could have done without. I encourage others to do the same. Help me and the rest of the Arena chose wisely at the bookstore.

1. Hockey Chronicle (Publications International, Ltd.) This book is awesome. I commonly refer to it as "The Book"! It has a capsulated look at hockey from 1893 or so all the way up to the present (a new edition is released each year). With having some fantastic pictures and some great stories about the league, it's players, coaches, and fans. I think I paid $6 on the discount shelf. Man I ripped them off. I give it a thumbs up for any new fan or fan that has minimal knowledge of the game's early years. Great reference book. ($24.95)

2. Phil Esposito: Thunder and Lightning by Phil Esposito with Peter Golenbock This book is so down and dirty, so honest and so riveting I've read it at least 3 times in the last 2 years. It's a serious no BS uncensored look at Phil Esposito's life and career as a hockey player, coach, and GM. I can't say enough good stuff about this book. ($14.95)

3. Zamboni Rodeo by Jason Cohen. This book is a glimpse into the life of minor league hockey players' lives. To be more specific the CHL or Central Hockey League. It's pretty interesting. Jason Cohen does a good job of painting charictures of the players and coaches in this book. It's a decent read. ($14.95)

4. The Game by Ken Dryden. This book is decent but not being a fan of Les Habs it falls a little flat on me. It's pretty much the anithesis of Espo's book. Don't get me wrong it's still a good book it just seems kind of pretentious and glossed over. ($16.95)

5. Yzerman: Making of a Champion by Douglas Hunter. It's okay, but Doug didn't talk to Stevie Y or anyone in his family. It's an un-authorizd biography. It doesn't totally suck, but I recommend checking it out at the library rather than buying it.($24.95)

6. Searching for Bobby Orr by Stephen Brunt. Like Douglas Hunter, Stephen didn't talk to Bobby or any Orr for the book for that matter. It's a good introduction to the legend of Bobby Orr, but I think Steve should have kept looking for Bobby Orr. ($14.95)

7. Messier by Jeff Z. Klein. Like Stephen Brunt and Douglas Hunter, Jeff didn't talk to Mark or any Messier for that matter. This book gets wordy, it gets pretentious and in the end leaves you kind of loathing Mark Messier, the Oilers, and the Rangers. But mostly Mark Messier. I wish I could have my money back. ($14.95)


Alright class. Gimme book reports. Or hell disagree with my not-so-professional opinions of these books.
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Posted 03 November 2007 - 01:30 PM

The Game - I don't think you have to be a Habs fan to love it. I'm not, and I did.

The others I'm not too familiar with.

Good job though, it looks like a great list.
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Posted 04 November 2007 - 12:40 AM

Note By Note - 35 years of Blues hockey.
great book, good facts, and a very interseting read for any fan.
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Posted 04 November 2007 - 01:42 AM

2. Phil Esposito: Thunder and Lightning by Phil Esposito with Peter Golenbock This book is so down and dirty, so honest and so riveting I've read it at least 3 times in the last 2 years. It's a serious no BS uncensored look at Phil Esposito's life and career as a hockey player, coach, and GM. I can't say enough good stuff about this book. ($14.95)


I agree, this was a great book!
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Posted 18 December 2007 - 12:02 PM

Just thought i'd add a few, in case you're looking for a last-minute gift for the hockey fan that has everything!

Open Net by George Plimpton: George spends a season with the Boston Bruins and learns how to play goal. Just a great, light, fun read.

Putting a Roof on Winter by Michael McKinley: The story of hockey's birth up to present times. It's a little slow-going at first, but when it was over, i was completely in love with this book.

Eleven Seconds by Travis Roy: Not one for the overly emotional! Travis Roy is the BU player who was paralyzed 11 seconds into his first shift in his first college game; this is his story.

A Season of Loss, A Lifetime of Forgiveness by John Manasso: I bawled like an idiot all through this book. The story of Dany Heatley and Dan Snyder's horrible accident and all that followed... Very touching. VERY sad.

Brodeur: Beyond the Crease by Damien Cox and Martin Brodeur: You don't have to be a Devils fan to enjoy this book. Marty's personality shows thru as he talks about the Olympics, the lockout, and being Martin Brodeur.

The Code by Ross Bernstein: I think everyone should read this book. This is the "unwritten code" amongst NHL players/fighters/enforcers written down. SOOOOOO good!

and I'll also add that on LWL's original list, books 2, 3, and 6 were favorites of mine, The Game is a classic that should be read, and the Yzerman and Messier stories were okay, could've been better...

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Posted 05 February 2008 - 03:28 AM

hmmm, which one should I start with. :shiny: I don't think I'll go near the crying ones right now, I've been to moody. lol
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Posted 05 February 2008 - 11:33 AM

I would recommend The Code by Ross Bernstein. It's an easy read, not too heavy, but VERY informative and interesting. Like I said in my review, I think EVERY hockey fan should read it.
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Posted 05 February 2008 - 01:23 PM

I have A Season of Loss, A Lifetime of Forgiveness...I just haven't had a chance to get around to reading it yet.

I also recommend Bob Miller's Tales from the Los Angeles Kings. Its a fun book, I finished it in a day. I really loved it!
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Posted 05 February 2008 - 01:40 PM

First of all i can't believe LWL hasn't read Stan Mikita's "I Play to Win" that's a great book.

also, being a northstars fans you can't beat "Minnesota North Stars: History & Memories with Lou Nanne" by Bob Showers. It's a lot of fun to read. Great anecdotes and tons of pictures. It was fun for me. Maybe not so much for people who aren't fans.
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Posted 05 February 2008 - 01:47 PM

I have A Season of Loss, A Lifetime of Forgiveness...I just haven't had a chance to get around to reading it yet.


Keep the tissues nearby.
Trust me on this one!
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Posted 05 February 2008 - 02:33 PM

Future Greats and Heartbreaks by Gare Joyce is a pretty good book. Its not a biography or anything, but the author spent a season following scouts around and got some really incredible access to NHL teams to discuss more on what exactly goes on behind the scenes of an NHL team.

Also one of the main "characters" in the book is my good friend Don Boyd, now the Director of Player Personnel for the Blue Jackets, the team that is most featured.
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Posted 05 February 2008 - 02:43 PM

Ha ha those are the two I was most interested in from your description blueyedevil.

I'm a big ebay person, so I went a shopping and placed a bid on Brand new in the factory package Wayne Gretzky Authorized Pictoral Biography Hockey Book. Mainly for my collection though. (I better not get any bid competition! lol)

I think I'm going to get "The Code" first. I'm also interested in the two that Kingie suggested and Future Greats and Heartbreaks looks pretty interesting.

I'm horrid when I pick up a book though, I can't put it down till I've reached the back cover. I have been known to sit up all night long. lol :shocking: these are my eye's the following day.

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Posted 05 February 2008 - 02:51 PM

I'm horrid when I pick up a book though, I can't put it down till I've reached the back cover. I have been known to sit up all night long. lol :shocking: these are my eye's the following day.

I do the same thing. I got Future Greats and Heartbreaks for Christmas, and finished it that day.
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Posted 05 February 2008 - 03:54 PM

Keep the tissues nearby.
Trust me on this one!


I'll keep that in mind! I mean, if those animal shelter commercials make me cry...then I'm sure this will.


I'm horrid when I pick up a book though, I can't put it down till I've reached the back cover. I have been known to sit up all night long. lol :shocking: these are my eye's the following day.


I'm the same way if I really enjoy a book. I will not put it down until its finished.
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Posted 05 February 2008 - 11:50 PM

I'll keep that in mind! I mean, if those animal shelter commercials make me cry...then I'm sure this will.


So I'm not the only one with that problem? lol The one that gets me is the one, I think the tag line at the end is "dogs rule" or something... I lose it. Makes me want to go to my Humane Society and hug all my little friends!

Thanks, Money, for your recommendation; I'll add it to my list. I read something else by Gare Joyce, Sidney Crosby: Taking the Game by Storm. I can't quite remember what it was like tho, since I've read 2 books about him and it was awhile ago so I could be mixing up the 2. I think this was the one that was about his hockey life before the NHL.
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Posted 05 February 2008 - 11:54 PM

Hockey Shorts.

It's just a book of quotes, but some of them are absolutely priceless.

favorite one:

"How many Nordiques does it take to change a tire?


One, but they'll all be there if it's a blowout."
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Posted 12 February 2008 - 05:54 PM

First of all i can't believe LWL hasn't read Stan Mikita's "I Play to Win" that's a great book.

I was not aware of this books existance, but I'm on a mission to track it down now.
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Posted 19 February 2008 - 02:30 PM

In the Bin: Reckless and Rude Stories from the Penalty Boxes of the Nhl

By Lloyd Freeberg



Hillarious-*spelling?
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Posted 22 February 2008 - 01:12 PM

In the Bin: Reckless and Rude Stories from the Penalty Boxes of the Nhl

By Lloyd Freeberg



Hillarious-*spelling?

Hilarious.

But this sounds like a book I should be tracking down.
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Posted 24 February 2008 - 04:33 AM

While browsing through the Borders at the mall, I saw a few Blues-related books.
1. Note By Note - 1967-2002, a History of the St. Louis Blues
- A great read, well, at least it was for me!

2. The other one I saw I think was about Doug Wickenheiser.
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