November 22, 2012

Journeyman by Sean Pronger


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.

Buy The Book - Amazon.ca - Chapters - Amazon.com
Read a free excerpt from Penguin's website.

5 comments:

Casey,  May 10, 2012 at 11:58 PM  

Been waiting for someone to do this and it couldn't have come from a better guy. A true journeyman , that can take us along with him on his wild ride through the highs and lows of trying to make it to the show.
Can't wait to read this and really can't wait to see the movie! Epic

Bob Miller,  May 11, 2012 at 10:16 AM  

The Ordinary can be the Extrodinary, Looking forward to being able to read what is usually only accessable while sitting in a locker room. Thanks Journeyman

John,  May 11, 2012 at 11:51 AM  

This book is not only about hockey, it transcends all sports. Sean is tapping in to all athletes souls with this book.

Anonymous,  May 11, 2012 at 5:38 PM  

I can hardly wait for this book to hit the shelves. if it is half as good as his blog it will be a hit.

Anonymous,  August 31, 2012 at 6:52 PM  

Little known fact : Pronger's last NHL shift was the Todd Bertuzzi-Steve Moore incident.

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