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Journeyman: The Guy Who's Seen Everything in Hockey [Hardcover]

Sean Pronger
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Nov. 6 2012

Every young hockey player dreams of one day playing in the NHL, of skating on a line with his hero and drinking champagne in the dressing room after winning the Stanley Cup. But kids should watch what they wish for.

They may make it to the pros, like Sean Pronger, only to end up playing for sixteen teams over eleven seasons. They may end up on a team with a guy like the Great One, but skate on his line only in practice when the bona fide first-line centre has the flu. And they may end up drinking champagne only because their little brother wins the Stanley Cup.

Anyone who’s gotten to the NHL the hard way has a story to tell.

No one knows the game better than the guys on the fourth line who fight for their jobs every night. They know all too well what it’s like to watch from the press box or, worse, to be sent to the minors or traded. Sean Pronger has seen it all. He’s played for legendary coaches like Pat Burns and gone head-to-head with guys such as Doug Gilmour and Steve Yzerman in the faceoff circle. He was on the ice for perhaps the most notorious violent attack in recent hockey history. While playing in the minors in Winnipeg, he guzzled beer in an ice-fishing hut with grizzled veterans like John MacLean, and while playing in Europe, he caused international incidents with guys such as Doug Weight.

Full of hilarious stories and self-deprecating jokes, Journeyman is a story not only about achieving a dream, but about realizing you’ve achieved it.

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About the Author

SEAN PRONGER was a professional hockey player who grew up in Dryden, Ontario, and was drafted fifty-first overall by Vancouver in 1991. From 1995 to 2004, he played in the NHL for the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the New York Rangers, the Los Angeles Kings, the Boston Bruins, the Columbus Blue Jackets, and the Vancouver Canucks. He played in 260 regular-season games, earning 23 goals and 36 assists for 59 points, picking up 159 penalty minutes. His brother is NHL defenceman Chris Pronger.

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4.0 out of 5 stars for the Canucks stories alone worth getting Feb. 2 2013
By Brian Maitland TOP 500 REVIEWER
Sean Pronger really never registered with me that he had a short stint on the Vancouver Canucks let alone was originally drafted by the same team. Thank whomever that he did because in his book we not only get the full story on the famous (infamous?) Fedor Fedorov vs. Kevin Bieksa fight during their time on the Canucks' farm team, the Manitoba Moose, but also the best account and analysis of the whole Todd Bertuzzi attack on Steve Moore.

For that alone all hockey fans should read this book. There's a lot more in here and although the stuff on Kevin Constantine's terrible line matching was priceless as was his dad's winning $10,000 in Vegas on a convoluted road trip to deliver Pronger's car after another of his moves to another team, it's not enough to keep me interested for the whole book. After you've heard of one move to another minor league or NHL city, you've heard them all. I also thought at times Pronger held way too much back. At one point he says assistant coach and former NHL player Brad McCrimmon has the greatest stories but where are they in the book? I wanted more, man!

Anyway, put it this way, where NBA 12th man Paul Shirley wrote the definitive book (Can I Keep My Jersey?) on benchwarming journeymen athletes, I felt other than learning Pronger works out a lot, drinks beer a lot and didn't dig his stint in Germany, it really didn't leap off the page except in some sections.

If you know nothing about hockey players' lives, read it. If you do already, I think you'd get more out of a book like Zamboni Rodeo by Jason Cohen on what life is like for journeyman players although that book is on the very low minors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read Jan. 28 2013
By Rock
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I have read many sports autobiographies and this was by far the best one I have read. From start to finish the book had a great flow and was very well written. This is a must read for all sports fans (not just hockey) as it shows you a side of professional sports not often told. You can tell that Sean is an every day guy who was fortunate enough to have his childhood dream come true. However, I do not think Sean's dream of playing in the NHL included the trials and tribulations he had while pursuing his dream. Sean's self deprecating humour will almost have you pulling for him as you read through his journey. All in all a great book with lots of laughs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Jan. 28 2013
By Chaos44
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I am a little prejudiced but I have to say this book is an outstanding summary of Seans journey through the various stages of his hockey career. You get the feeling you are with him for the ride. Lots of humour and passion. I could not put it down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very relatable June 24 2014
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As a hockey player, I can relate to Sean, but definitely not to the same extent. It was awesome to get the journeyman's insight!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you Sean Jan. 27 2014
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Anyone pursuing a life in hockey or any professional sport should read this. Thank you Sean for telling your story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read Jan. 8 2014
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Very entertaining read and gives great insider information into the business of hockey and how the fringe players get screwed around.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read June 4 2013
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Great hockey stories from all Sean's different teams. Show's you what is envolved with being a journeyman in the NHL
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5.0 out of 5 stars good read May 13 2013
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sean, you write a very interesting story,one that should be read by all young hockey wanna be's. at least they would do so with eyes open
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