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Hockey Night in Canada book, by Michael McKinley

Hockey Night in Canada
by Michael McKinley
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Before Twitter, before 24-hour sports channels, long before fans watched highlight goals on their phones—long before something called a “highlight” had been invented—there was Hockey Night in Canada. It was cutting-edge technology back then. Anywhere in Canada, a hockey fan could come in from the snow, sit down by the radio, listen to a game played in Montreal or Toronto, and experience the thrill of a game played hundreds, or thousands, of kilometres away. Before all of what we call Canada had joined Confederation...

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Journeyman book, by Sean Pronger

Journeyman
by Sean Pronger
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Every young hockey player dreams of one day playing in the NHL, of skating on a line with his hero and drinking champagne in the dressing room after winning the Stanley Cup. But kids should watch what they wish for.

They may make it to the pros, like Sean Pronger, only to end up playing for sixteen teams over eleven seasons. They may end up on a team with a guy like the Great One, but skate on his line only in practice when the bona fide first-line centre has the....

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The Instigator book, by Jonathon Gatehouse

The Instigator
by Jonathon Gatehouse
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Gary Bettman’s two-decade reign has brought fans lockouts, soaring ticket prices, on-ice tinkering, and the heartbreaking departures of Canadian teams for American markets, and seen the centre of NHL power shift to Manhattan. Many hardcore hockey followers are convinced the commissioner is out to ruin the game this country loves.

Still, when Bettman took over in 1992, the gross revenue of the...

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Hockey Canada book, by Gare Joyce

Hockey Canada
by Gare Joyce
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Whenever Team Canada skates onto the ice at the World Junior Hockey Championship, they expect to win. They may not always be the favourite. They may not always come out on top. But when those players pull on the iconic red-and-white sweaters, they know they're putting the whole country's expectations on their young shoulders. They don't just hope to win—they insist on it

This wasn't always the case...

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The Code book, by Gare Joyce

The Code
by Gare Joyce
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Brad Shade has been just about everywhere hockey is played. He has ridden the buses in the minors, shared dressing rooms with the legends of the game, closed bars with guys destined for the Hall of Fame, and dropped the gloves with journeymen like himself who’ll never get near it.

And even though he’s retired after fourteen years of bouncing around the league with more losses than wins and his net worth eroding, he’s still living out of a suitcase and still taking numbers...

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The Black Ace book, by Gare Joyce

The Black Ace
by Gare Joyce
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Hatred, blackmail, and murder—a Brad Shade hat trick. The Black Ace reunites us with our favourite, savvy fourth-liner, with plot twists, wisecracks, and an ending that could only come from G.B. Joyce.

Thanks to Shade’s work at the NHL draft last season, he gets to hold on to his job as scout for L.A.—at least for now. But a journeyman’s work is never done. Shade is checking out the talent in Regina with his old friend...

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The Lost Dream book, by Steve Simmons

The Lost Dream
by Steve Simmons
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Mike Jefferson grew up like a lot of Canadian kids, obsessed with hockey and consumed with making it to the NHL. His father, Steve, and his family were determined to do anything and everything to make their son’s dreams come true. So how did this promising young man’s hockey career turn into a harrowing real-life crime story played out in sensational news reports?

Coach and agent David Frost fast-tracked Jefferson’s...

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Georges Laraque book, by Georges Laraque

Georges Laraque
by Georges Laraque
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Think you know NHL tough guy Georges Laraque? Think again.

Sure, Laraque knows all about the rough side of hockey. The Hockey News named him “best fighter.” Sports Illustrated called him the league’s “#1 enforcer.” Fans called him “BGL”—for Big Georges Laraque. Ottawa Senators’ pugilist Chris Neil called him “probably the toughest in the league.”

Ask Laraque, though, and he’ll...

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