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Hockey Dad: True Confessions Of A (Crazy) Hockey Parent Hardcover – Aug 21 2009


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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley (Aug. 21 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470159391
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470159392
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 2.4 x 23 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 590 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #189,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Format: Hardcover
If you've had children play high level sports you will relate to much of what Bob McKenzie writes about. This book is an easy read, laced with a bit of fatherly pride and lots of anecdotes that will leave you reminiscing about your own experiences.
Bob's positions , first with THN and later with TSN, put a natural target on his back as a coach/dad of high level minor athletes. This book is full of truths about how many parents lose it (if only temporarily) as they and their kids chase their athletic dreams.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barry A. Hawse on 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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By Harris Macklin on March 7 2010
Format: Hardcover
How great for a guy in the public eye to acknowledge his good points and mistakes in hockey with his own kids. Entertaining take on his parenting and the sports (mostly hockey) that his two sons played growing up. Everything from fights with other parents and coaches, to heartbreaking injuries is here. A great read!
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Format: Paperback
Any one who has had a child enrolled in any sport, can relate to Bob's book. It can help you avoid, some of the pitfalls of organized sports. A must read ... just to see what a true hero Bob is to his family. Loved it.
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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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