October 10, 2010

The Day I (Almost) Killed Two Gretzkys by James Duthie

When all is said and done, 2010 will be remembered for two humor books: Sh*t My Dad Says and, for hockey fans anyways, TSN's James Duthie's book The Day I (Almost) Killed Two Gretzkys: And Other Hits, Near Misses, and Off-the-Wall Stories About Sports, and Life.

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This book is a collection of Duthie's best columns from over the years with TSN and the Ottawa Citizen. It is obvious from his time on TSN that he is witty, entertaining and intelligent, so this book is highly anticipated as a knee-slapping, breezy read that you will enjoy time and time again.

When I got my review copy from the publisher, I just had to tell my girlfriend about it. Now, you must understand things about her. 1) She does not read hockey books. She's somewhat reluctantly been forced to become a hockey fan hanging around me, but she would not read a hockey book. 2) She reads a lot, but I have never, ever heard her laugh out loud while reading any book.

I told her just to read the funny foreword by Roberto Luongo, as she has become a fan of the Canucks star goalie. Well that was it. I never got the book back. She kept reading it, from cover to cover. She was constantly chuckling outloud, much to my surprise.

"You've got to read this book," she said on more than one occasion, with a smile across her face.

"I'd like to," was what I wanted to say.

She's a dear though. She even earmarked the pages she thought were the funniest or the most insightful. More than half of the book now has bent corners.

I think this may be the best endorsement I can give this book. Absolutely anyone can enjoy this book, even if you are not the biggest hockey fan. Of course, big hockey fans will enjoy it even that much more.

Absolutely everyone is raving about James Duthie's The Day I (Almost) Killed Two Gretzkys. It is the most humorous and entertaining hockey book in some time. I almost guarantee you will agree with that assessment.. So do yourself a favor and buy this book today.

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Here's the specs:
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley (Sep 21 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470677783
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470677780
Here's more information from the publisher, Wiley:

James Duthie is one of North America's most recognized hockey media personalities, as well as one of the most respected and personable commentators on the game, and one of the most prolific. Best known as the host of all TSN's NHL hockey broadcasts on The NHL on TSN and for his coverage of the World Junior Championships, James also has a strong following for his work in print, on TSN.ca and in the Ottawa Citizen. He has been writing columns about hockey, sport in general, and his own twisted view of the world for over a decade. This book is the first and only collection of some of his most popular and most controversial columns, as well as several brand new pieces never previously published.

James Duthie is the most-read feature columnist on TSN.ca and is known for his off-the-wall, often humorous, take on the people and issues that dominate Canada's game. In The Day I (Almost) Killed Two Gretzkys, he brings his famous sense of humour, deep hockey knowledge, and his passion for the game to hockey fans and readers everywhere-no matter what team you cheer for.

The subject matter is all over the hockey map. Some chapters are about the NHL, some are about being a hockey parent, some are about hockey as it relates to life. Many are snapshots of a moment in time-Sidney Crosby's first Stanley Cup final, Canada's gold medal win at the Olympics in 2002, September 11th, a son's first game as goalie. Others roam elsewhere around the sports world, musing on basketball, tennis, golf, baseball, football, and more.

Each story is unique. Many will make you laugh. Some will make you cry. All of them will remind you of why you're a fan of the best game you can name.

Sample Chapter

Wiley is offering a free sample of Duthie's book on their website.

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By the way, Duthie and Wiley teamed up for another 2010 hockey title, They Call Me KILLER: Tales from Junior Hockeys Legendary Hall-of-Fame Coach.


Ralph Michael Hass November 17, 2010 at 3:48 PM  

Good review!
I linked to it on my blog post:
Has The VOice...On and Off the Ice: TSN's James Duthie ink & JamesDugan Inc. commercia...
Bonus points since you did your review on my Dad's birthday, which he shares with Brett Favre. What a book he could write based on 2010 alone, eh?

Ralph Hass
- MSG-TV imaging voice for the NHL's Buffalo Sabres (2006 - 2009)
- SHAW-TV imaging voice for the WHL
- Heard weekly on the "Thurman Thomas TV Show" for the Buffalo Bills

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