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NHL Books.

Hey Guys, I just completed reading Jamie Mclennan and Jay Onrait's autobiographies.

Just wondering if you all had any recommendations on any other former or present NHL characters that you thought was a great read.

Just some I have my eye on.

Terry Ryan's "Tales Of A First Round Nothing"
J.R's Book
Theo Fleury's Autobiography.

Any and all books would be appreciated. Thanks guys and have a good day watching the Olympics!

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I've read a bunch.
I highly recommend Derek Sandersons "Crossing the Line".

I enjoyed Bobby Orr's recent book, as well as Roenicks.
Theo Fleury's and Bob Proberts had their darker parts but were both great reads as well.
I don't know if you would be interested but there are a couple books about the Mount Saint Charles high school hockey program that are excellent too.

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Theo Fleury's and Bob Proberts had their darker parts but were both great reads as well.
+1.

Didn't enjoy JRs as much.

Top recommendation for me is Sean Pronger's Journeyman. It basically examines the life of a player who spends their time jumping between teams and essentially trying to play well enough to achieve their next gig. It's an honest and sometimes hilarious account, with some real eye-opening scenarios (like finding out you got traded due to receiving a paycheck from your new employer in the mail).

Another recommendation - an ex-NHL coach rather than player - is King of Russia. It's the story of Dave King, who went to coach in the old Russian Superleague (now the KHL) for a year. The book talks about his trials and tribulations as head coach of Metallurg Magnitogorsk (Malkin's former team) and highlights the various differences between Russian and American leagues. Really interesting stuff.

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Gotta get my hands on the Pronger book. Sounds awesome.

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Gotta get my hands on the Pronger book. Sounds awesome.
+1 on that, sounds like a great read for hockey fans

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He even signed my copy when he was playing in Anaheim for a charity game this summer. Nice guy.

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+1 on Sean Pronger's book.

One book I came across that I found really interesting was Selling the Dream by Ken Campbell. It'll resonate big time if you've ever played organized hockey and/or have kids who are playing. In equal parts enlightening and troubling.

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While it's not about one player in particular, The Boys of Winter was a great read. It gave the back stories of the players from the 1980's US Olympics men's teams. I would definitely recommend it.

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'Gretzky: An Autobiography'

Read it many years ago. Never forgot 'one hundred percent of the shots you don't take don't go in'; a quote for winning in not just hockey, but other sports and also life.

'Larionov' was a good read too. Great tale of living in and moving from Communist Russia to North America, from a two bedroom flat in Russia (afforded to the priviliged) to a veritable mansion in North America; and filling the trolley at the supermarket right up with meat because you didn't believe that in the west the supermarket actually had meat available every day.

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