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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.
Bob McKenzie, the Hockey Insider, has been covering the game for more than 30 years and is one of the most trusted voices and recognized names in hockey journalism. His unparalleled contacts, combined with an abundance of hockey knowledge and a life-long passion for the game, have made McKenzie one of the most respected people in the business. He is annually selected by The Hockey News as one of hockey’s 100 most powerful and influential people.
The Toronto native joined Canada’s first and number-one all-sports channel, TSN (The Sports Network), in 1987 as a part-time freelance analysts on the NHL on TSN. He has been a fixture on the network ever since, appearing regularly on SportsCentre, That’s Hockey and the NHL on TSN, covering the NHL, IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship, NHL Draft, NHL Trade Deadline, NHL Free Agency and the Olympic Winter Games. His written work appears on www.tsn.ca. In addition to his broadcasting career, the graduate of Ryerson Polytechnic Institute’s Journalism Program started in newspapers at The Sault Star in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. He was also Editor-in-Chief of The Hockey News for nine years and Hockey Columnist for the Toronto Star for six years.
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... Read more
Excellent, truly gives the dads perspective even though I dont fully agree with everything hes done. Theres no doubt this guy loves his kids.Published on Oct. 27 2011 by Maztoy