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The Final Call: Hockey Stories from a Legend in Stripes

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  • Posted November 29, 2010

    A Must Read For All Hockey Fans

    Kerry Fraser provides readers with an inside look at Hockey. Readers are given a rare look at the human side of being an NHL Official. In this book, Kerry opened his heart for all to see. Readers will experience the emotions and presures that he experienced. This is one book that you will not be able to put down. If you always wanted to know what it feels like to be an NHL Referee, this is the book. If you always wanted what is said on the ice, this is the book. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys hockey. This may be Kerry Fraser's "The Final Call", but I hope it is not his final book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 9, 2010

    Great Insight To the "Dark Side" of Sports

    I found it very interesting that this was not just another retired sports figure that wanted to "blow their own horn". Kerry Fraser takes you into the action from the other side of the game...that of the official. His love of the game is secondary to his love of God and his family, which he shows us many times. It is interesting how Fraser takes us on a trip down memory lane to some of the greatest hockey venues in the NHL, while allowing us to get understand a side of the sport that many have never seen. His memories of the past are packaged into his final games at each of the cities, giving us a better understanding of what the officials see and go through in their lonley profession. The one memory that was most moving was his vivid description of his meeting with his boss, John McCauley, where he was made aware of what he needed to do to be the best official in the NHL. Fraser learned a lesson that many officials, in all sports, need to learn...and that is that the officials are not bigger than the game. The results of his change resulted in his being one of the most respected officials in the NHL by the players, coaches and management, as well as some of its biggest stars. His way of being able to gain the respect of the players is something that is a lost art in sports today. His confrontations with Gretzky, Lemieux and others that turned into life lessons for the players, as well as Fraser, keep the reader wanting for more. In addition to all of this, Fraser shows the fun side of officiating with his stories about the players and other officials...my favorite is the one with the Montreal Canadians in his first year in the NHL. "The Final Call" should be required reading for anyone who wants to be an official, before they do their first game. If you are currently an official, then read it before your next game. I am very confident that it will help you be a better official as well as a better person.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2010

    Excellent Read - Very Funny and Very Insightful

    This honest look at hockey from the other side of the plexiglass is an extremely honest and insightful read. Fraser does an impressive job of bringing games long past back to life and setting the reader in the thick of the action. He's also quick to admit to mistakes, misgivings, and his very human fallibility, which I deeply appreciate as a reader. This is the story of an ending, the closing of a 30 year career, and a man's struggle to find a new beginning - a new definition of himself. Anyone who's ever completed a long life journey will be able to relate to Fraser's tale. An added plus? The Final Call is also hilarious in many parts.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2012

    Silly silly little boy.

    If you like hockey than you must refer to this book. I TOTALLY DIFER FROM THE " DONT BOTHER REVIEW" BECAUSE THIS PERSON I S OBVIOUSLY NOT A HOCKEY PLAYER.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2012

    Best hockey book ever

    Love the book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2012

    Hi

    Perfect book to read if ur sport is hockey

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  • Posted March 27, 2011

    Don't bother.

    I totally differ with the other reviews posted. I couldn't get through the first chapter - it was all about Kerry, Kerry, Kerry.

    So I figure I'll just read the chapter about the Red Wings, as I'm a fan and live in the area. Big mistake. Kerry must have been at the NBA Championship in Chicago when he wrote this - "we drove past burning cars and looters." This did happen after the Bulls won in 1997, but NOT in Detroit. I spoke with several people who were at Game 4. We are in agreement - there was only public urination, no looting, no burning. Even USA Today stated the celebration was peaceful. The only reason I gave it one star - it's required. Put a big minus in front of my star.

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  • Posted February 10, 2011

    A must read for those who love the game of hockey... the whole game!

    A great perspective from the other side of the hockey story. Great stories from the game woven together with Kerry's experience. Finished it in two days. Thanks Mr. Fraser for sharing your experience!

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  • Posted December 8, 2010

    A great read

    I have been waiting eagerly for this book since I knew of its publication, and after an easy couple of days read, I found that the wait was worthwhile. I believe any hockey fan will enjoy the insights and wonderful stories about hockey's famous and not so famous, as well as what it is really like to officiate the fast paced, hard hitting game of professional ice hockey. If you love the game, this insightful and intertaining memoir is a must. if you're not a fan, it is still a must read that will provide a window into the life of one of the most enduring and revered referees in the history of the NHL. This book will bring not only a smile to your face, but also may bring a tear to your eye. When I finished reading the compelling recollections of Kerry Fraser, I found myself wanting more. Thanks Kerry for putting the same heart and soul you gave to professional hockey, all those years, into this book.

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    Posted November 19, 2010

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