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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Contents

Chapter 1 It was always in the Hockey Cards
1
Chapter 2 Breaking the Ice Its Never Too Early
5
Chapter 3 Family Expansion and Our Little Nerd
8
Chapter 4 I hate Larry Marson and Dissing Mr Hockey
12
Chapter 5 Big changes and the Grand Deception
17
Chapter 6 Cmon Drop the Damn Puck Already
21
Chapter 7 Crossing the Line Giving Mike the Tap
27
Chapter 8 The Straight Poop on Playing Up
33
Chapter 20 Of GunShy Dogs and a Crisis of Confidence
119
Chapter 21 No Need for a Coin Toss Twas the Best Year Ever
128
Chapter 22 Rejected The Parents Always Take It Harder Than the Kid
139
Chapter 23 NewAndImproved Shawn Makes A UTurn for the Better
146
Chapter 24 Teach Your Children Well On the Balance Beam
154
Chapter 25 The Draft Year Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places
161
Chapter 26 Discretion Isnt Always The Better Part of Valor
171
Chapter 27 Making the Big Time Shawn Steps It Up
177

Chapter 9 Its Fair to Say Were Not Morning People
39
Chapter 10 Breaking the Golden Rule Grab Your Sticks
45
Chapter 11 So Thats How You Want to Play the Game Is It?
52
Chapter 12 I Didnt Realize You Had Only One Son
60
Chapter 13 Was It Commitment or Should I Have Been Committed?
67
Chapter 14 Talking the Talk Walking the Walk A Coach Is Born
73
Chapter 15 Falling into the Trap in More Ways Than One
79
Chapter 16 Vengeance Is a Dish Best Served Curved
86
Chapter 17 The Best Reward Bar None and Hockey Parents From Hell
95
Chapter 18 The FourPoint Plan Not as Stupid as I Look
101
Chapter 19 Tough Love and Learning Our Lessons the Hard Way
109
Chapter 28 Turn out the Lights the Party is Over
184
Chapter 29 Into The Abyss and The Long Hard Road Back
196
Chapter 30 On the Comeback Trail This Is NoContact Hockey?
205
Chapter 31 Major Junior Versus College Making the Right Call
216
Chapter 32 Bada Bing Bada Boom Once a Buzzer Always a Buzzer
227
Chapter 33 Play Every Game Like Its the Last It Just Might Be
239
Chapter 34 Crazy Hockey Dads Magical Mystery Tour
246
Chapter 35 Blowing the Whistle and Doctor Doctor
255
Chapter 36 You Try Cutting the Grass of a Quality Control Inspector
263
Epilogue
272
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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. The Toronto native joined Canada's first and number-one all-sports channel, TSN (The Sports Network), in 1987 and has been a fixture on the network ever since. 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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