Was it a dream come true or was it heartbreak? What did they learn from their hockey journey and how does it define them today? From the satisfied to the bitter, Ken Reid unearths the stories of hockey s equivalent to one-hit wonders in the follow-up to his bestselling "Hockey Card Stories."
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-08-08
- Reviewer: Staff
So many hockey fans dream of what it would be like to play in the National Hockey League, even just for one game; this book is a fascinating, if somewhat repetitive, look at a select few who achieved that dubious feat. Reid, a Sportsnet host, has produced a self-referential book in which he’s part of the narrative, making it a little like eavesdropping on a barroom conversation. It’s the polar opposite of his first book, Hockey Card Stories, since these guys weren’t around long enough to merit a card. There are players who spent a lifetime in the minor leagues and junior call-ups; tough guys summoned to pick a fight; those who faced injuries, and those who faced shots in net. All qualify as journeymen. Their post-hockey lives are essential to the tale; for every Don Cherry or Don Waddell who went on to make careers in hockey, there are those, such as Jack Stanfield, who became a television executive, or furrier Ron Loustel. A select few, such as Larry Kwong, the oldest player profiled, for his one shift appearance in March 1948, which made him the first Chinese-Canadian player in the NHL, deserve even more ink. (Oct.)