Puck-lit: No NHL to watch now, but plenty of hockey reading to be had
Here’s a look at some other hockey selections available for the Christmas season:
JR: The Fast, Crazy Life of Hockey’s Most Outspoken and Most Colourful Personality. By Jeremy Roenick and Kevin Allen. $32.99. HarperCollins: One of the game’s most talkative stars tells all, like the time he went to a downtown Vancouver Keg and had a steak instead of sitting in the press box as a healthy scratch while with the Phoenix Coyotes.
The Instigator: How Gary Bettman Remade The League And Changed The Game Forever. By Jonathon Gatehouse. $32. Viking Canada: A look at Bettman’s controversial two-decade reign as NHL commissioner. Timely, considering where we’re at right now.
Coach: The Pat Burns Story. By Rosie DiManno. $32.95. Double Day: A biography of the former cop who became a Stanley Cup-winning coach and succumbed to cancer two years ago.
The Best Seat In The House: By Jamie McLennan and Ian Mendes. $24.95. Wiley: As a career backup to the likes of Grant Fuhr, Ron Hextall, Roberto Luongo and Miikka Kiprusoff, McLennan saw everything ... except much playing time.
Sudden Death: The Incredible Saga of the 1986 Swift Current Broncos. By Leesa Culp, Gregg Drinnan and Bob Wilkie, $25.99. Dundurn Press: Book chronicles the tragedy-to-triumph story of the Broncos following the bus crash that killed four members of the team.
The Goal of My Life: By Paul Henderson with Roger Lajoie, $32.99. McClelland & Stewart: If you are of a certain Canadian vintage, you know all about this goal. Henderson, the hero of the 1972 Summit Series, opens up about that goal, his life and his battle with cancer.
Team Canada 1972: The Official 40th Anniversary Celebration of the Summit Series. By Andrew Podnieks. $45.00. McClelland & Stewart: Yes, it really has been 40 years. In-depth interviews of every surviving player and lots of photographs highlight this look at the Summit Series.
Hockey Night in Canada: 60 seasons. By Michael McKinley. $39. Penguin Books: A look at the history of this Saturday night institution, some of its personalities and the technological advancements and broadcasting innovations that have been part of the show’s growth.
Crossing the Line. By Derek Sanderson with Kevin Shea. $32.99. HarperCollins. Former Boston Bruins wild child looks back at the highs and lows of his tumultuous life. We’d forgotten he was a point-per-game player (seven goals, nine assists) during his 16-game stint as a Vancouver Canuck in 1976-77.
© Copyright (c) The Vancouver Sun