10 More Books Every Hockey Fan Should Read
There are simply too many good hockey books out there that it's hard to pick just a few.
Here, we'll investigate a few more books every hockey fan should check out, including the all-time favorite, "The Game", by Ken Dryden.
But don't forget: this isn't a complete list. Check out part one, and let us know what other great hockey books are out there.
This is one of the most highly acclaimed hockey books of all-time. Written by superstar goalie Ken Dryden, it offers a personal look into the game. It's hard to describe just WHY this book is so great—the story, Dryden's affectionate touch, or simply the realistic look it offers.
If you can only read ONE book, it should be this one. Voted No. 9 on Sports Illustrated's list of The Top 100 Sports Books of All-Time, it has also been named the top hockey book, top Canadian sports book, and top book written solely by an athlete.
Brodeur: Beyond the Crease
Martin Brodeur is undoubtedly one of the league's best goaltenders of all-time. Who can deny it when looking at his stats?
In his autobiography (written in conjunction with his father Denis), Brodeur talks about everything: salaries, marketing, contracts, and life beyond the game. He frankly discusses his relationship with Lou Lamoriello.
This book is worth checking out whether you're a Brodeur fanatic or not.
Similar to "Shooting from the Lip", this book is a compilation of hockey quotes: about the game, players, injuries, awards, and so much more.
The Hockey Sweater
This book, recommended for ages 9-12, is all about the history of the game (and the sweaters).
It's a great story, and can be appreciated by any age, whether about the history of the game or the cultural tensions behind it. This book has some truly enchanting illustrations and a great message.
It's traditionally a Canadian book, but is appropriate for fans from other countries as well.
My Life in Hockey
This book, which features an introduction by Wayne Gretzky, is a great story about Jean Beliveau's hockey career, on and off the ice. He is truly one of the most respected players of all-time, and this book is just as great.
The newest editions include added sections about his battles with cancer and recent life.
When you look at the list of hockey books out there, you see all the big names: Brodeur, Dryden, Beliveau, Tretiak, Mikita. But what about the other side of the game? The guys that don't necessarily score all the goals, but still have a great heart?
Well, here's the perfect example.
Rob Ray is known, primarily, for one thing: his fighting. After 14 seasons with the Sabres and two with the Senators, he ranks sixth overall in career penalty minutes (3,207).
But don't let that fool you. He was awarded the King Clancy Memorial Trophy in 1999 for leadership and humanitarianism off the ice.
This book is his story, and features a preface by another tough guy, Matthew Barnaby.
No matter what team you follow, there's bound to be a book about them.
Whether it's "Minnesota Wild (The NHL: History and Heros)" by Lisa M. Bolt or "What It Means to Be a Red Wing" by Kevin Allen and Steve Yzerman, a simple search on Amazon.com or at your local library can bring up some great results.
Hockey the NHL Way: The Basics
Maybe you're new to the game, or you just want to brush up. Maybe you want to introduce a friend to the sport. Either way, this book is great.
It's helpful for players too, teaching them how to best avoid injuries and improve fitness. This book was originally released in 1996, so some of the rules may have changed since then, but it's a great general read.
A Day in the Life of the NHL
One day. Over 80 photographers in Canada and the U.S. The result?
From games to practices, to players in hotel rooms and coaches at home, it's all full-color images, and really offers a great behind-the-scenes look at the league and its inner workings.
Will they ever do something like this again? It would be great if they did because the result turned out very nice.
Away Games: The Ultimate Hockey Road Trip through Europe with the NHL's Best
Remember that awful, awful time when there was no NHL hockey for an entire season?
Well, while we were moping about having no hockey to watch (an oh-too depressing time!), lots of players moved to foreign countries to play.
This book chronicles the experiences of such players as Danny Briere, Martin St. Louis, Alexei Kovalev, Ilya Kovalchuk, Alexei Yashin, Mike Knuble, Henrik Lundqvist, Zdeno Chara, Daniel Alfredsson, Saku Koivu, Miroslav Satan, Martin Brodeur, Sergei Fedorov, and Dominic Hasek during the lockout.
Between the Lines: Not-So-Tall Tales From Ray
So far, we've seen so many books written by players. But this one takes us in another direction: the referees and linesmen. Often criticized, they are truly critical to the game.
With forewords by Scotty Bowman and Steve Yzerman (hardcover edition only for Yzerman), this book gives an inside look at the game. "Scampy" is one of the most respected officials in NHL history, and his book is full of fun stories about his job and the game, on and off the ice.
Others You Should Read
"In the Bin: Reckless and Rude Stories from the Penalty Boxes of the NHL"
"Patrick Roy: Winning, Nothing Else"
"The Official NHL Hockey Treasures"
"Reflections: The NHL Hockey Year in Photographs"
"Crunch: Big Hitters, Shot Blockers & Bone Crushers"
"The Kid: A Season with Sidney Crosby"
"The Boys of Winter"
"Hockey Dynasties: Bluelines and Bloodlines"
"So You Want to Play in the NHL" (by Dan Bylsma!)
There's so many more. Did we miss your favorite? Be sure to mention it in the comments!