November 22, 2012

Hockey Night In Canada's Favorite Books

Many of the hockey personalities over at the CBC/Hockey Night In Canada shared their favorite hockey books over the years. Here's a clip from their website:

Ron MacLean
maclean_ron-55.jpg"My favourite hockey book is Hockey Dreams: Memories of a Man Who Couldn't Playby David Adams Richards, from Miramichi, New Brunswick. It starts off with the story of a drifter out in British Columbia during the '72 Summit Series and he's running into folks everywhere who detest the Canadians and his basic premise is these S-O-Bs don't love hockey and he has a good reason behind it. David has always had the line, 'When are we most Canadian? When we drop the puck,' and I thought that book really got us to the place most of us beer leaguers or rink rats are in, so I really admire that one."

Elliotte Friedman

elliottefriedman-55.jpg"I don't know if anybody's going to find this book, but when I was a kid and I was learning how to play, and I'll admit I wasn't great, my father got me a book called Sittler at Centre. It was Darryl Sittler's book on how to play centre, and it included some of the notes that [legendary NHL coach] Roger Neilson gave him, on how to be a responsible player. It had a lot of drills -- what he did during the summer, and all the kinds of things he felt were important to be a good centre in the National Hockey League. And I ripped the spine off of that book, reading it so much. That's my favourite hockey book ever."

Dick Irvin

dick_irvin-55.jpg"I'll excuse myself with my six books, but I must say I got quite a thrill the other day when my 10-year-old grandson came and took one of my books because he was writing a school project biography on his great grandfather, my dad [former NHL player and coach Dick Irvin Sr.], and I showed him a section of one of my books about my father.


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