Hockey Dad: True Confessions of a (Crazy) Hockey Parent

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John Wiley & Sons, Sep 15, 2009 - Sports & Recreation - 288 pages
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A revealing look at the good, the bad, and the ugly of minor hockey culture

Known as TSN's "Hockey Insider," Canada's Bob McKenzie is synonymous with the sport and one of its most respected analysts. In Hockey Dad, McKenzie describes firsthand the joys and heartbreak of raising two sons, with entirely diverging athletic futures. He details their separate paths, describing Michael, a 22-year-old playing NCAA hockey on scholarship, and Shawn, now 19, whose competitive minor hockey life was cut short at age 14 because of multiple concussions. Their deeply personal stories, and the trials and tribulations of a father creating futures for them, offer readers a compelling look into the world and culture of minor hockey.

  • Includes funny anecdotes, debates on numerous hockey issues, and personal reflections on the game and its culture

With an unwavering look at his own strengths and weaknesses, as well as the entire system of minor hockey in Canada, Hockey Dad is an honest, irreverent and sometimes moving look at a sporting culture that is not so much a recreation as it is a way of life.


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Chapter 1 It was always in the Hockey Cards
Chapter 2 Breaking the Ice Its Never Too Early
Chapter 3 Family Expansion and Our Little Nerd
Chapter 4 I hate Larry Marson and Dissing Mr Hockey
Chapter 5 Big changes and the Grand Deception
Chapter 6 Cmon Drop the Damn Puck Already
Chapter 7 Crossing the Line Giving Mike the Tap
Chapter 8 The Straight Poop on Playing Up
Chapter 20 Of GunShy Dogs and a Crisis of Confidence
Chapter 21 No Need for a Coin Toss Twas the Best Year Ever
Chapter 22 Rejected The Parents Always Take It Harder Than the Kid
Chapter 23 NewAndImproved Shawn Makes A UTurn for the Better
Chapter 24 Teach Your Children Well On the Balance Beam
Chapter 25 The Draft Year Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places
Chapter 26 Discretion Isnt Always The Better Part of Valor
Chapter 27 Making the Big Time Shawn Steps It Up

Chapter 9 Its Fair to Say Were Not Morning People
Chapter 10 Breaking the Golden Rule Grab Your Sticks
Chapter 11 So Thats How You Want to Play the Game Is It?
Chapter 12 I Didnt Realize You Had Only One Son
Chapter 13 Was It Commitment or Should I Have Been Committed?
Chapter 14 Talking the Talk Walking the Walk A Coach Is Born
Chapter 15 Falling into the Trap in More Ways Than One
Chapter 16 Vengeance Is a Dish Best Served Curved
Chapter 17 The Best Reward Bar None and Hockey Parents From Hell
Chapter 18 The FourPoint Plan Not as Stupid as I Look
Chapter 19 Tough Love and Learning Our Lessons the Hard Way
Chapter 28 Turn out the Lights the Party is Over
Chapter 29 Into The Abyss and The Long Hard Road Back
Chapter 30 On the Comeback Trail This Is NoContact Hockey?
Chapter 31 Major Junior Versus College Making the Right Call
Chapter 32 Bada Bing Bada Boom Once a Buzzer Always a Buzzer
Chapter 33 Play Every Game Like Its the Last It Just Might Be
Chapter 34 Crazy Hockey Dads Magical Mystery Tour
Chapter 35 Blowing the Whistle and Doctor Doctor
Chapter 36 You Try Cutting the Grass of a Quality Control Inspector

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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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