"Tales from the Blues Bench" Is a compilation of stories about the Blues organization as told by Bobby Plager. This is a must read for any Blues fan and I highly recommend it for any hockey fan. I hate to read but could absolutely not put it down. Many of the stories are absolutely hilarious, and some just give you a good idea of how things used to be in the league. Bobby Plager is a true Blue and a real heart and soul guy. He is the perfect point of view for a good hockey book. Even if you aren't a Blues fan take a look at this book, you won't put it down.
Not sure iif this has been done, I am gussien it has.
I am thinking of buying some books, and have read Brodeurs Book, Gretzkys 1st
These are my next Buys
"The Game (&2)" Dryden's
"Between the Lines" Scampinella
Two of the best hockey books I have ever read are "Fun While it Lasted" and "Thunder and Lightning". The first is the Bruce McNall autobiography, the latter the Phil Esposito autobiography. Great books. Get them both.
I've read the Brodeur book, which was done by both Damian Cox and Brodeur. If you want a well written book, this probably isn't the best hockey book available. However, it does give you pretty good insight into Brodeur's career. He goes into detail about various issues, like his relationship with Lou, his growing up in St. Leonard, what he did during the lockout, his ideas for improving the game on and off the ice...
Generally, the book really made me respect the New Jersey Devils, and the work that Lou does to build that franchise. Lou has a great appreciation for some of the classic teams in sports, like the Auerbach Celtics', and the Pollock era Canadiens. Throughout the entire book, the strong, family-like relationship between Lou and Brodeur was stressed. Brodeur explained in great detail how he feels extremely loyal to the Devils because of that relationship, and I just find it interesting how the Devils take care of their players.
Generally, the book is great for that type of stuff, but definitely don't expect a Pulitzer for it.
My favourite all time hockey book however is The Game by Dryden. That book is extremely well written, and is organized in such an impressive manner (almost like Dryden is speaking with you, and is drifting seemlessly from topic to topic). If you have any interest whatsoever for the Canadiens' of the 70s, or simply hockey in general during that era (which was an interesting time because of the switch in style of play from the Flyers to the Canadiens, and the arrival of the Soviets).
I believe john buccigross and keith jones just co-authored a book called "Jonesy, Put Your Head Down and Skate: The Improbable NHL Career of Keith Jones." I'd suggest visiting buccigross' espn.com column for more info.
I enjoyed "They Don't Play Hockey in Heaven" and "The Tropic of Hockey" which were previously mentioned. Some others you might enjoy;
The Boys of Winter- excellent book about the 1980 team
Ice Time- a good read for anyone whose father ate his breakfast at the rink so you could practice
Zamboni Rodeo- a light read about a season in the minor leagues of the south
I just finished "When the Lights Went Out" by Gare Joyce. It's about the 1987 WJHC brawl between Canada and Russia. A very good book about an event that's not really talked about that much.
Some other recent reads:
- "The Game" It's as good as people say it is. It takes you inside the locker room and into the player's heads like no other sports book I've ever read.
- "Dispatches From the Sporting Life" by Mordecai Richler. It's not a hockey book per se, rather a collection of essays on sports from the Canadian's author various works for Macleans and other magazines. There's a great chapter on Gordie Howe written just after he retired in 1980, and a few very good ones on the Habs.
Damn, I didn't know Tod Hartje wrote a book about his time in Russia. How is that one?
I liked it a lot, enough that I bought my own copy of it and re-read it. It's a quick read and he points out a lot of contrasts between the cultures, both on the ice and off. There are also a couple of names in there you'll recognize, some of the players he befriended ended up playing in North America for a little while. It's an interesting perspective on late-post Soviet hockey that you won't find anywhere else.