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

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley (Aug. 21 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470159391
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470159392
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 2.2 x 23.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 590 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #248,594 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.

About the Author

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 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.

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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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By Clicky on Feb. 8 2012
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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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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