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12-25-2011, 11:43 AM
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Best hockey related book, or player written book

Im not a kid, so im not looking for a story about a teenager who go plays hockey at a rink and lives happily ever after

A book about a player's experience in the NHL and had a rough road there but finally made it, or a good storyline book about hockey. Have any of you read a good one?


If this doesnt go in this section i apologize

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12-25-2011, 01:35 PM
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I haven't read many books on athletes, however one I like was called
"Gordie: A Hockey Legend" a while back. Its a biography of Gordie Howe, I thought it was pretty interesting. Might want to check it out.


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12-25-2011, 01:38 PM
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Ken Dryden's "The Game" is about the best there is.

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12-25-2011, 01:42 PM
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Ken Dryden's "The Game" is excellent because Ken Dryden is such an intelligent guy. Phil Esposito's "Thunder And Lightning" is an all access look at his life in the NHL and he also writes about his time as an owner and GM which is very interesting. If you wanna read about the '70's Rangers cocaine use then Espo's book is a good choice.

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Another vote for The Game. Dryden not only gives you a first-hand look at the players behind one of the greatest dynasties, but he's a genuinely good writer who finds the deeper story within every aspect of the sport. It's a great read.

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They call me Killer is a very good one.
I'll have to say Playing with fire by Theo Fleury is the best one I've read though. It's one of the best books, not hockey related books, I've ever read.

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Playing with Fire by Fleury was certainly worth reading. That dude was messed up...

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Ken Dryden's "The Game" is excellent because Ken Dryden is such an intelligent guy. Phil Esposito's "Thunder And Lightning" is an all access look at his life in the NHL and he also writes about his time as an owner and GM which is very interesting. If you wanna read about the '70's Rangers cocaine use then Espo's book is a good choice.
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Another vote for The Game. Dryden not only gives you a first-hand look at the players behind one of the greatest dynasties, but he's a genuinely good writer who finds the deeper story within every aspect of the sport. It's a great read.
Im in montreal, do i have to order them? Or do you guys think they will have the book in a book store?

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Im in montreal, do i have to order them? Or do you guys think they will have the book in a book store?
I got it in a bookstore a few years ago just walking in. Try anywhere, as soon as you come across a bookstore or a chain la Renaud-Bray.

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Ken Dryden's "The Game" is excellent because Ken Dryden is such an intelligent guy. Phil Esposito's "Thunder And Lightning" is an all access look at his life in the NHL and he also writes about his time as an owner and GM which is very interesting. If you wanna read about the '70's Rangers cocaine use then Espo's book is a good choice.
Always liked Espo and never heard of this book. Thanks for a good recommendation.

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If you want a good read about how things are run in the RSL (KHL), read this.

Dave King went to coach to Metallurg team and wrote a book about all the crazy situations and stories. Very good stuff.


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I'm not much of a fan of him most of the time but I got Don Cherry's part 2 book today and part 1 was amazing. Tells a lot of great stories from an intellegent hockey mind.

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Lowering the Boom - The Bobby Baun Story

I haven't read a lot of hockey books, but I did catch this one. I really enjoyed it. Interesting to learn about hockey back in the day through a players eyes. Easy read.

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Two recommendations for finer books would be

Tropic of Hockey by Dave Bidini
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The Boys Of Winter by Wayne Coffey

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From what I hear Keith jones book was really good

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Gare Joyce "Future Greats and Heartbreaks: A Year Undercover in the Secret World of NHL Scouts"

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im pretty sure theres a book version of the mighty ducks

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The Boys Of Winter by Wayne Coffey
Just going to mention those two.

Mike Smith wrote a book called Life After Hockey that discussed the post hockey lives of 70s80s era ex-NHL and top amateur players (examples: Don Saleski ,Morris Mott).

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If you want a good read about how things are run in the RSL (KHL), read this.

Dave King went to coach to Metallurg team and wrote a book about all the crazy situations and stories. Very good stuff.

This!. I loved this one

I also loved, Blood Feud by Adrian Dater. Pretty intense stuff from both sides of Wings/Avs

And They Call Me Killer is one that's what I plan on reading next..

The Boys of Winter was good, not great imho.

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Fluery's book PLAYING WITH FIRE was a fascinating read. Totally BRUTALLY honest and open.

Kinda made me realize that my childhood hero is a bit of a selfish egomaniac ***** though, and that was an eye-opener for a kid that had put Theo on a pedestal. But that is ok... I'm quite ok with that. It's better to realize that he's human.

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Has anyone read Tough Guy – Bob Probert ?

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I really enjoyed "America's Coach" by Ross Bernstein. It's about the life of Herb Brooks. There's a lot more to it than the 1980 olympic story. His philosophies and how he helped grow the game are really interesting, and there's plenty of great life and motivational stuff from Herb too.

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If you want a good read about how things are run in the RSL (KHL), read this.

Dave King went to coach to Metallurg team and wrote a book about all the crazy situations and stories. Very good stuff.

that does sound like it has an immense amount of potential. I may have to pick it up.

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