November 8, 2010

100 Things Bruins Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die

Calling all Boston Bruins fans. Author Matt Kalman and publisher Triumph Books have a hockey book for you: 100 Things Bruins Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die

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The book is more a collection of stories of greatness and lore more so than an actual checklist of stuff to do, so the book has a bit of a misleading title. It is part of a series of books by Triumph which includes many other sports, as well as another hockey title, 100 Things Flyers Fan Should Know And Do Before They Die.

The Bruins have been around since 1924, so the amount of history to be covered by a book like this is plentiful. Author Matt Kalman does a good job in covering all the major events and key figures in Bruins history. This is a fun and interesting read, presented very much in Brian McFarlane style in his Original Six series. It can be read cover to cover or just a few passages at a time.

This is an excellent beginners book to the history of one of the NHL's oldest franchises. And given the price, it
is a great selection for the Bruins fan on your Christmas list. Over 300 pages of good reading and history, as well as a spattering of black and white photos and inserts, all for a jacket price of $14.95. In reality you can find it in most stores and online for about 10 bucks.

This very well might be the hockey book with most bang for the buck in 2010 hockey book season

Here's the specs:
  • Paperback: 309 pages
  • Publisher: Triumph Books (IL) (October 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160078383X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600783838
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
Here's more from the publisher, Triumph Books:

100 Things Bruins Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die

The storied Boston Bruins NHL franchise has long been full of pride and passionate fans, and the team has provided decades of incredible memories for its legion of loyal followers. But even the most die-hard fans don’t know everything they should about their Bruins.

100 Things Bruins Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die by Matt Kalman reveals the most critical moments and important facts about past and present players, coaches, and teams that are part of the storied history that is Bruins hockey. Scattered throughout the pages, you’ll find traditions, records, and Bruins lore to test your knowledge, including:
  • Who holds the team record for 10 penalties?
  • Which player missed the team train to a game, but drove and was still fined?
  • What year did the Bruins switch their colors to black, gold and white?
  • Which Celtics radio broadcaster filled in for a Bruins broadcast?
Whether you’re a die-hard fan from the days of Phil Esposito or a new supporter of Tuukka Rask, this book contains all the things Bruins fans should actually see and do in their lifetime.

If you bleed black and gold, then 100 Things Bruins Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die is for you. The book features a foreword by former Bruins star Mike Milbury, and offers the chance to be certain you are knowledgeable about the most important facts about the team, the traditions, and what being a Bruins fan is all about.

About the Author:
Matt Kalman has been a sportswriter in the Boston area for more than a decade and has covered the Boston Bruins as the founder/managing editor of and beat writer for other publications since the heartbreaking lockout year of 2004-05. His work has appeared in the Boston Herald, the Manchester Union-Leader, and on, in addition to other magazines, newspapers, and websites. A native of Staten Island, New York, and a graduate of Boston University, Matt now lives in Woburn, Massachusetts, with his wife, Amy.


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