Goon: Memoir of a Minor League Hockey Enforcer, 2d ed.

Goon: Memoir of a Minor League Hockey Enforcer, 2d ed.

by Doug Smith, Adam Frattasio


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Directionless yet driven by a fervent desire to make something of himself, Doug "The Thug" Smith took his only marketable job skill—amateur boxing—and followed an unlikely career path to become a hockey enforcer, a.k.a. "goon." Entrusted with aggressively protecting his teammates from tough guys on the opposing team, he punched, elbowed and cross-checked his way up the ranks of minor league hockey to win a championship ring and the respect of his community. His entertaining underdog story is the subject of the cult-classic motion picture Goon (2011) and its sequel Goon: Last of the Enforcers (2017).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476671680
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 12/07/2017
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 564,580
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Doug Smith has worked as a police officer in Massachusetts for more than two decades and as an assistant coach for the three-time state-champion Hanover High School hockey team. He lives in Halifax, Massachusetts. Adam Frattasio is an adult education teacher and author of Steroid Man: Confessions of a Powerlifter from the Golden Age of Enhancement (McFarland, 2016). His first book, GOON: The True Story of an Unlikely Journey into Minor League Hockey, was adapted into the motion picture GOON and a sequel, GOON: Last of the Enforcers.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Preface 1

From the Coauthor 5

 1. Reborn in the Boys’ Club 9

 2. My First Training Camp 28

 3. A Second Life 42

 4. Road Trip 63

 5. Popular Loyalty? 74

 6. A Third Chance with Johnstown 88

 7. My Second Training Camp 101

 8. Delivering with the Mailman 110

 9. Sunk in Seniors 137

10. Hit in the Bigtime 149

11. Rent-A-Goon 161

12. One More Shot at the Animal 175

13. More Than a Goon 186

14. GOON: The Movies 204

Chapter Notes 223

Index 225

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