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Hockey Dad: True Confessions Of A (Crazy) Hockey Parent [Hardcover]

Bob McKenzie
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Aug. 21 2009

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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Hockey Dad? Definitely. Crazy? Maybe. But only if you think that camping out in an arena lobby for 48 hours to register your son for house-league hockey is crazy. Or getting escorted out of an arena by two policemen. Or calling for a stick measurement in a game involving 11-year-olds. Twice.

Hockey Dad is a revealing look at the good, the bad and the ugly of the minor hockey culture as seen through the eyes of a committed parent/hockey coach—or is it a parent/hockey coach who should have been committed?—who also just happens to be one of the most well-known hockey personalities in North America.

As TSN’s Hockey Insider, Bob McKenzie is one of the game’s most recognizable faces and trusted voices. His dedication to the game on the air is matched or surpassed only by his love and passion for his family and his sons’ lives in minor hockey. Hockey Dad is his deeply personal memoir of a life lived in rinks, raising his two boys to play at high levels of competitive hockey—cheering, cringing, coaching and, now and again, acting up.

Hilarious, candid, and at time poignant, Hockey Dad is a true slice of life as thousands live it in the world of minor hockey culture. Bob McKenzie reveals himself—and his entire family—in ways you’ve never seen him before.

These deeply personal stories, and how Hockey Dad dealt with the highs and lows of his son’s hockey careers (sometimes well, sometimes not so well), are a compelling look into the world of minor hockey—a major Canadian passion.

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Praise for Hockey Dad

“And people think I'm crazy? This guy is the definition of crazy.”—John Tortorella, Head Coach, New York Rangers

“A must-read for all parents of athletes, not just hockey parents.”—Brian Burke, Toronto Maple Leafs' President and General Manager

“There will be ugly hockey stories this coming season, but there will, at the same time, be thousands of good ones that will go untold. This is a good one-and richly deserves to be heard.”—Roy McGregor, the Globe and Mail.

“You'll find yourself cheering for Michael and Shawn McKenzie and maybe a little bit for their father, too…if you're the parent of a young person playing this game, Hockey Dad is well worth the read.”—Ken Campbell, The Hockey News

Minor Hockey. Major Passion.

Hockey Dad? Definitely. Crazy? Maybe. But only if you think that camping out in an arena lobby for 48 hours to register your son for house-league hockey is crazy. Or getting escorted out of an arena by two policemen. Or calling for a stick measurement in a game involving 11-year-olds. Twice.

Hockey Dad is a revealing look at the good, the bad and the ugly of minor hockey culture as seen through the eyes of a committed parent/hockey coach-or is it a parent/hockey coach who should have been committed?—who also just happens to be one of the most well-known hockey personalities in North America. Hilarious, candid, and at times poignant, Hockey Dad is a true slice of life as thousands live it in the world of minor hockey culture. Bob McKenzie reveals himself—and his entire family—in ways you've never seen him before.

These deeply personal stories, and how Hockey Dad dealt with the highs and lows of his sons' hockey careers (sometimes well, sometimes not so well), are a compelling look into the world of minor hockey—a major Canadian passion. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Good lessons for all dads Nov. 25 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The book is a must read if you have a son or daughter playing organized hockey.
There is a lot of lessons in the book and what not to do and how to behave as a coach or parent.
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Format:Paperback
If you have or want to put your kids into organized sports of any kind, I suggest you read this book. Bob provides great insight, written with great humor and honesty. He articulates his decisions and emotions well with respect to the scenarios he finds himself. It's not always the best and most responsible decisions or behavior, but would we react differently when it involves our own kids?

This book also spoke to me at a very personal level as I am a new hockey dad in the town of which his kids grew up and played....minor hockey is a "passion" to say the least in Whitby, Ontario.

It has great stories and is an easy read. Enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Feb. 8 2012
By Clicky
Format:Hardcover
This is another fantastic hockey book. I had a lot of great memories come to me from this book as there was only a couple years age difference between myself and Bob's son, so a lot of the tournaments he talks about I remember playing in them, and I remember some of those teams he talks about, and a lot of the parents too!! If you grew up playing hockey, this book is great. If you are a parent and are putting your kids in hockey, read this book. Everybody loves a hockey parent!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read Nov. 16 2009
Format:Hardcover
This was a good book, worth the hype.

Well written and a good look at being a hockey parent in a competitive region.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This guy is nuts Oct. 27 2011
By Maztoy
Format:Hardcover
Excellent, truly gives the dads perspective even though I dont fully agree with everything hes done. Theres no doubt this guy loves his kids.
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