Roy MacGregor was named a media inductee to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2012, when he was given the Elmer Ferguson Award for excellence in hockey journalism. He has been involved in hockey all his life, from playing all-star hockey in Huntsville, Ontario, against the likes of Bobby Orr from nearby Parry Sound, to coaching, and he is still playing old-timers hockey in Ottawa, where he lives with his wife Ellen. They have four grown children. Roy is the author of several classics in hockey literature. Home Team: Fathers, Sons and Hockey was shortlisted for the Governor General's Award for Literature. Home Game (written with Ken Dryden) was a bestseller, as were Road Games: A Year in the Life of the NHL, The Seven A.M. Practice, and his latest, Wayne Gretzky's Ghost: And Other Tales from a Lifetime in Hockey. He wrote Mystery at Lake Placid, the first book in the bestselling, internationally successful Screech Owls series in 1995. In 2005, Roy was named an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Panic in Pittsburghby Roy MacGregor
The Owls have been invited to Pittsburgh to compete in the biggest hockey tournament ever to be played on outdoor ice. The open-air tournament is to be held in the massive Heinz Field arena, home of football's mighty Pittsburgh Steelers. But almost as soon as the tournament begins, Travis suffers a serious concussion, just like the injury that sidelined Penguins' superstar Sidney Crosby. Travis is confined to his hotel room so his injured brain can recover. His memory is patchy, and he's having some weird dreams. And when he stumbles upon an outrageous plot to steal hockey's most coveted trophy, he can't be sure if his mind is playing tricks or the danger is a terrible reality.
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Panic in Pittsburgh (Screech Owl’s, #24) by Roy MacGregor 4 of 5 starts This book not only had a mystery to solve, but it teaches life lessons and a bit of history. Travis, the Screech Owl’s team captain, suffers a concussion early in the book. MacMregor did an excellent job of portraying his experience and feelings as he has to sit on the sidelines and watch his teammates. It was also touching how the person on the opposing team reacted. I know my son and his friends are always deeply concerned when someone gets hurt on the ice. Roy did an excellent job driving that fact home. As the team manager of my son’s travel squirt hockey team, I truly appreciated Roy MacGragor’s attention to detail and hockey commentary. Not to mention he does a brilliant job in capturing the spirit of a travel hockey team. This book literally made me laugh and cry. My ten-year-old son has all the Screech Owl books. He would agree that it is well worth the read. I highly recommend not only this book but series for any kid (or adult) that enjoys hockey and/or mysteries. ARC provided publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Great Addition to the Screech Owl Series: Panic in Pittsburgh If you are looking for a good children’s book Panic in Pittsburgh by Roy MacGregor is a good choice. This book is great for young boys or girls that like hockey. It is a great addition for any school library. Travis Lindsay travels to Pittsburgh with his PeeWee hockey team for the PeeWee Winter Classic at Heinz Field. During the first game, he suffers a concussion and is sidelined from the rest of the tournament. While he is confined to his dark hotel room, he overhears two other hotel guests arguing about a robbery. Unfortunately, he is having a hard time knowing what is real and what isn’t at this point. Did he really hear two men planning to steal the Stanley Cup, which just happens to be in the same hotel? How can Travis help save the Cup when he is stuck in his room and can’t even remember what day or time it is? Can his team win the tournament without their captain playing? Panic in Pittsburgh has a little bit of everything. Hockey, teamwork, mystery, and lots of life lessons. Living in Pittsburgh, I really enjoyed this book because it was nice reading a book that you can picture exactly where the characters are and it provided a lot of history lessons, which would be very interesting for young readers to learn about. I would recommend this book to all my students that love hockey, because if you are not a hockey fan, it might be a little too hockey driven to enjoy.