Some players, such as the great defenseman Chris Pronger, are blessed with the opportunity to turn their amazing physical abilities and talent into a Hockey Hall of Fame career.
Most players are nowhere near as fortunate. They spend their careers riding buses in the minor leagues, spending their meal allowances at McDonalds and staying in no-name motels. If they are really lucky they get a chance to play in the NHL, often with a weak, new expansion team where they experience more losing than winning. Maybe they can parlay that into appearances with a stronger NHL team, though more likely serving as a healthy scratch than not.
Those players are affectionately termed as journeymen. Players such as Chris Pronger's brother, Sean Pronger.
In 12 professional seasons Sean Pronger played with 16 different teams in 5 different leagues spanning 3 countries and 2 continents. In fact, in only 3 of those seasons did he stay with the same team for the entire season.
The older Pronger personifies the term "journeyman" but he was one of the lucky ones. He got into 260 NHL games, mostly with Anaheim and Columbus in their early days.
Through it all Sean Pronger has seen pretty much everything and anything in the world of hockey. He has been penning a well received column for The Hockey News' website about what it is like to be a hockey journeyman. Now, with the help of Sportsnet's Dan Murphy, he is taking his stories to bookshelves everywhere in his autobiography, Journeyman
Pronger's tales promise to be a popular hit this hockey book season. True hockey fans will love this inside look into what life is really like for most pro hockey players. And the collection of hilarious stories will entertain everyone from page one through page 320.
For all the hijinx and hilarity I believe this book will be a smashing success because first and foremost Pronger is genuine and honest. Murphy did a great job in capturing Pronger's true voice in writing this book.
2012 is an excellent year for funny hockey biographies. Sean Pronger's Journeyman is the best of the bunch.
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