As a teenage Olympic prospect, Baker wanted to play in the National Hockey League (NHL). However, by his senior year at Colgate University, the opportunity to play pro hockey had not yet materialized. Disillusioned, he moved on to become a journalist. Baker's world came to a grinding halt when a pituitary tumor was discovered in his brain. After a life-saving operation, he decided to live life to the fullest, putting his journalist career on hold to attempt a hockey comeback. At 31, Baker joined the Bakersfield (CA) Condors (a minor pro club) as a third-string goalie, becoming the oldest rookie in the league. Here he chronicles his trials and tribulations on the team and those of the many aging veterans who still have aspirations of playing in the NHL. Currently, Baker (Man Made: A Memoir of My Body) is the West Coast Bureau Chief for U.S. Weekly. A heartwarming tale of courage and determination; buy where demand warrants.-Larry R. Little, Penticton P.L., B.C. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher
"A riveting and often hilarious account."The Hockey News
"Inspirational...colorful descriptions make this a fun read."Los Angeles Times
"One of the best sports books of the year."Booklist