September 4, 2008

2008 Hockey Book Preview: St. Michael's College: A Hundred Years of Pucks and Prayers

The book: St. Michael's College: A Hundred Years of Pucks and Prayers Hardcover, 400 pages
The Author: Kevin Shea with Larry Colle and Paul Patskou
The Publisher: HB Fenn
Release Date: Oct. 1st, 2008
Pre-order: Amazon - Chapters

Book Description
If Notre Dame is the most storied breeding ground for professional football, then St. Michaels College certainly holds the same distinction in hockey. From the grassroots beginnings of the hockey program in 1906 through to today, more than 180 students from St. Mikes have gone on to play in the National Hockey League. This comprehensive history of hockey at St. Michaels College School, located in Toronto, Canada, will take readers through one hundred years of extraordinary memories: triumphs, tears, perspiration, and inspiration of one of the most exciting hockey programs in the world. Extensively researched, the book weaves into the narrative the personal recollections of some of the greatest players ever to pull on the Double Blue of St. Mikes: Tim Brent, Arnie Brown, Ed Chadwick, Gerry Cheevers, Paul Conlin, Father Les Costello, Murray Costello, Kevin Dineen, Dick Duff, Father Ray Hannigan, Tim Horton, Larry Keenan, Red Kelly, Ken Klee, David Keon, Ted Lindsay, Barry MacKenzie, Frank Mahovlich, Cesare Maniago, John McCormack, Jim McKenny, Gerry Odrowski, Mark Osbourne, Mark Popovic, Rod Seiling, Kevin Weekes, and Benny Woit. These are just some of those who have lovingly provided their stories about St. Michaels and the impact it had on their lives, both professionally and personally. It truly is a remarkable story and a remarkable achievement. Whether the name St. Mikes is familiar or not; whether the term double blue stirs up any memories or draws a blank, this school and program is responsible for producing many of the games greatest names and for influencing the sport of hockey. This book will appeal to anyone that has ever dreamed of someday playing in the NHL or anyone that enjoys following the sport.

About The Author

This is Kevin Shea's 7th book. Barilko Without A Trace, Lord Stanley: The Man Behind the Cup, and Over the Boards: The Ron Ellis Story.

Joe's Note
Kevin Shea has the reputation as one of the best researchers in the hockey writing community. With St. Mike's he has a lot of material to work with. Like in Shea's previous efforts, this book will be in-depth to the nth degree.


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