Don't Call Me Goon: Hockey's Greatest Enforcers, Gunslingers, and Bad Boys

Don't Call Me Goon: Hockey's Greatest Enforcers, Gunslingers, and Bad Boys

by Greg Oliver, Richard Kamchen
     
 

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Professional hockey enforcers—popularly known as “goons”—finally get their due in this rollicking look at the players who have perfected the art of making mayhem. Whether they are called upon to duke it out with a fellow troublemaker or intimidate an opponent’s top scorer, these are the men who get the crowds to their feet, the sports

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Professional hockey enforcers—popularly known as “goons”—finally get their due in this rollicking look at the players who have perfected the art of making mayhem. Whether they are called upon to duke it out with a fellow troublemaker or intimidate an opponent’s top scorer, these are the men who get the crowds to their feet, the sports radio shows buzzing, and the TV audience spilling their beers in excitement. Old timers like Joe Hall and Red Horner are profiled here, along with legendary heavy hitters Tiger Williams, Stu Grimson, and Bob Probert, fan favorites Tie Domi and Georges Laroque, and contemporary hockey stars Arron Asham and Brian McGrattan. The book also delves into the intense debate over the issue of violence on the ice as well as the personal and professional dramas of the NHL’s bad boys: the suspensions, the concussions, and the constant controversy of their role in the game.

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Publishers Weekly
10/28/2013
Authors Kamchen and Oliver have provided a rambling encyclopedia of the NHL's oft-demonized enforcers. While ‘enforcer' is not an official position, every NHL team has at least one player whose primary role is to protect his most skilled teammates, intimidate other teams' players, and battle his opposite numbers. The ability to skate, defend, or score comes a distant second. In our age of heightened awareness of head trauma, the NHL is paying increased attention to player safety, but fights, and enforcers, still bring fans to the games. Enforcers distinguish North American hockey from European iterations of the game, and a historical overview of the evolution and shifting requirements of the job would be fascinating; however, Kamchen and Oliver don't provide one. Instead, they breeze from one mini-bio to the next and as a result, the names blur together. The enforcer story follows a template: player enters minor leagues. Player can fight. Player gets scouted because he can fight. Player earns a high-paying, violent job. Despite the sameness of this approach, the authors serve up plenty of fascinating anecdotes and remind us that, despite their savage pedigrees, there's more to these men than the armored warriors we see brutalizing each other on the ice. (Sept.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781770904217
Publisher:
ECW Press
Publication date:
09/01/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
280
Sales rank:
1,239,485
File size:
5 MB

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