So the big, rich babies still can’t figure it out, eh? Well screw ‘em. There are plenty of other ways to pass the time, and if you’re hellbent on the idea that fall/winter = hockey, then why not pick up a hockey book and learn something?
I’ve read a bunch of hockey books over the last several years, but here are the ones that stand out. These aren’t affiliate or sponsor links, so no need to wonder if there’s any kickbacks involved for me.
Putting a Roof on Winter. This book details how hockey went from an outdoor curiosity, to an organized league played only when it was cold enough outside, to the glossy (albeit locked-out) behemoth that it is today.
Gretzky’s Tears. Stephen Brunt is my favorite sports writer, and this is 200+ pages dedicated to the trade that changed the NHL.
A Season in Time: Despite catching a couple of errors, this book takes us through the amazing 1992-93 NHL season. Not only does the season end with the Habs winning the Cup, but some of the biggest names in hockey history had turning points in their careers and lives during this season. A great read that revives the not-so-distant past.
The Montreal Canadiens. For Habs fans, there is no better book that D;arcy Jenish’s work. This encapsulates the entire history of the greatest team to ever play in the NHL, as well as many of the names that made it the winningest team in hockey history.
The Game. This one goes without saying. Ken Dryden’s ‘diary’ is full of insight, intelligence and humor that ought to be required reading for anybody who claims to like hockey and claims to be literate.
There’s my list of required hockey reading during the lockout. I promise that if you read a couple of these titles, you won’t miss the fact that there’s no NHL hockey on your TV.
What’s on your list?