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Hockey Dad: True Confessions from a (Crazy) Hockey Parent

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A revealing look at the good, the bad, and the ugly of minor hockey culture

Known as TSN's "Hockey Insider," Canada's Bob McKenzie is synonymous with the sport and one of its most respected analysts. In Hockey Dad, McKenzie describes firsthand the joys and heartbreak of raising two sons, with entirely diverging athletic futures. He details their separate paths, describing Michael, a 22-year-old playing NCAA hockey on scholarship, and Shawn, now 19, whose competitive minor hockey...

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Overview

A revealing look at the good, the bad, and the ugly of minor hockey culture

Known as TSN's "Hockey Insider," Canada's Bob McKenzie is synonymous with the sport and one of its most respected analysts. In Hockey Dad, McKenzie describes firsthand the joys and heartbreak of raising two sons, with entirely diverging athletic futures. He details their separate paths, describing Michael, a 22-year-old playing NCAA hockey on scholarship, and Shawn, now 19, whose competitive minor hockey life was cut short at age 14 because of multiple concussions. Their deeply personal stories, and the trials and tribulations of a father creating futures for them, offer readers a compelling look into the world and culture of minor hockey.

  • Includes funny anecdotes, debates on numerous hockey issues, and personal reflections on the game and its culture

With an unwavering look at his own strengths and weaknesses, as well as the entire system of minor hockey in Canada, Hockey Dad is an honest, irreverent and sometimes moving look at a sporting culture that is not so much a recreation as it is a way of life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470159392
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/8/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Bob McKenzie, the Hockey Insider, has been covering the game for more than 30 years and is one of the most trusted voices and recognized names in hockey journalism. His unparalleled contacts, combined with an abundance of hockey knowledge and a life-long passion for the game, have made McKenzie one of the most respected people in the business. He is annually selected by The Hockey News as one of hockey’s 100 most powerful and influential people.

The Toronto native joined Canada’s first and number-one all-sports channel, TSN (The Sports Network), in 1987 as a part-time freelance analysts on the NHL on TSN. He has been a fixture on the network ever since, appearing regularly on SportsCentre, That’s Hockey and the NHL on TSN, covering the NHL, IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship, NHL Draft, NHL Trade Deadline, NHL Free Agency and the Olympic Winter Games. His written work appears on www.tsn.ca. In addition to his broadcasting career, the graduate of Ryerson Polytechnic Institute’s Journalism Program started in newspapers at The Sault Star in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. He was also Editor-in-Chief of The Hockey News for nine years and Hockey Columnist for the Toronto Star for six years.

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Table of Contents

PROLOGUE.

1: It was always in the (Hockey) Cards.

2: Breaking the Ice: It’s Never Too Early.

3: Family Expansion and Our Little Nerd.

4: "I hate Larry Marson" and Dissing Mr. Hockey.

5: Big changes and the Grand Deception.

6: "C’mon, Drop the Damn Puck Already".

7: Crossing the Line; Giving Mike the "Tap".

8: The Straight Poop on Playing Up.

9: It’s Fair to Say We’re Not Morning People.

10: Breaking the Golden Rule: "Grab Your Sticks".

11: So, That’s How You Want to Play the Game, Is It?

12: "I Didn’t Realize You Had Only One Son".

13: Was It Commitment or Should I Have Been Committed?

14: Talking the Talk, Walking the Walk: A Coach Is Born.

15: Falling into the Trap, in More Ways Than One.

16: Vengeance Is a Dish Best Served Curved.

17: The Best Reward, Bar None, and Hockey Parents From Hell.

18: The Four-Point Plan: Not as Stupid as I Look.

19: Tough Love and Learning Our Lessons the Hard Way.

20: Of Gun-Shy Dogs and a Crisis of Confidence.

21: No Need for a Coin Toss: ’Twas the Best Year Ever.

22: Rejected: The Parents Always Take It Harder Than the Kid.

23: New-And-Improved Shawn Makes A U-Turn for the Better.

24: Teach Your Children Well On the "Balance" Beam.

25: The Draft Year: Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places.

26: Discretion Isn’t Always The Better Part of Valor.

27: Making the Big Time: Shawn Steps It Up.

28: Turn out the Lights, the Party is Over.

29: Into The Abyss and The Long, Hard Road Back.

30: On the Comeback Trail; This Is No-Contact Hockey?

31: Major Junior Versus College: Making the Right Call.

32: Bada Bing, Bada Boom: Once a Buzzer, Always a Buzzer.

33: Play Every Game Like It’s the Last; It Just Might Be.

34: Crazy Hockey Dad’s Magical Mystery Tour.

35: Blowing the Whistle and Doctor, Doctor.

36: You Try Cutting the Grass of a Quality Control Inspector.

Epilogue.

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