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Selling the Dream: How Hockey Parents And Their Kids Are Paying The Price For Our N Hardcover – Jan 22 2013

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Viking (Jan. 22 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670065730
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670065738
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3.2 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Ken Campbell has written the most important book on minor hockey that the game has ever known. Selling the Dream should be mandatory reading at registration. It is an extraordinary, compelling and profound look at what happens to a marvellous game when those who love it make it matter too much. It does not shatter the dream, but places that dream in perfect, undeniable and realistic perspective. Read this, parents – every single one of you – and then go and watch your child doing what the game intended: play.” - Roy MacGregor, author of Home Team: Fathers, Sons, and Hockey

“We all know the stories of hockey success … the young minor hockey protégé becomes a junior first round pick or college star who finds fame and a long career of riches. Ken Campbell balances those successes with the stories of the many more young players whose families spend countless hours and money trying to achieve that dream only to fall short. Selling the Dream is required reading for all hockey fans, parents and those connected to the game.” - Pat Morris, Newport Sports Management, agent to NHL stars Chris Pronger, Brad Richards, James Neal and others

“An absolutely fascinating read for someone in the NHL…a shocking accounting of the costs of minor hockey. I don’t think the average person realises the lengths parents will go to in order to get their kids into the NHL. I was flabbergasted. This story needs to be told.” - Jim Devellano, Senior Vice-President, Detroit Red Wings

“As a father of a young boy, I'm getting ready to navigate my way through the Canadian Minor Hockey system. You hear all sorts of stories, get all kinds of advice. This book does a great job of making me much more prepared for the challenges, choices and opportunities we'll need to address.” - Elliotte Friedman, Hockey Night In Canada

About the Author

Jim Parcels is one of the most connected and experienced minor-hockey  people in Ontario. He has been an employee of both minor  and junior hockey since 1989, and has also been a volunteer trainer/ manager for small town and big city teams.


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If you have your child registered in any sport or activity you should read this book. As athletes move into high performance levels of their sports , parents have so much time and money invested and pressure from coaches and trainers can make them question their decisions. No matter how much a parent thinks they have sway over their child's thinking, these people have huge influence over your child's mind, and they can and will question your choices to your child, whether you realize it or not.... This book will be an eye opener for many parents, keep close watch and talk often and in detail to your child after those practices!
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Selling the Dream is recommended, not just for parents of young hockey players, but for anyone interested in hockey. The book uses solid reporting to produce compelling stories. A superb job by Ken Campbell.
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I just read the book "Selling the Dream: How Hockey Parents and their Kids are Paying the Price for Our National Obsession" by Ken Campbell and Jim Parcels. In fact I read it almost from start to finish without stopping- sitting on a concrete step outside the hospital while waiting for a doctors appointment. My butt is killing me (!) but it was worth it. If you have a kid who plays hockey, or even if you don't, this book is outstanding, and really takes a hard look, both anecdotally and statistically, at the fine line between doing your best to support your kids minor hockey and sliding down the slippery slope of craziness where parents go to unbelievable lengths to try to put their kids into pro hockey.

It is not only a discussion of the actual dollar costs, but moreso of the notion that dollars should or will guarantee a greater chance of success. After all is said and done, the criticism that Campbell seems to come up with is not so much the spending of the actual money (although he does point out that hockey is no poor man's sport), but the belief that all the personal trainers and elite sports schools and programs of excellence somehow are indispensable and that the sole reason for getting into hockey (for some parents at least) is to get a "return" on the investment of their son's or daughter's hockey career.
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Easily the best sports book I have read.
A real eye opener for hockey parents and sports parents in general.
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