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From TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie comes a new collection of hockey stories about the everyday heroes from across the game who are defying the odds and championing the next generation of hockey—on and off the ice.
In this uplifting and entertaining volume of stories, Canadian broadcasters Bob McKenzie and Jim Lang bring together hockey players, coaches, and refs, as well as those behind the bench—the parents, scouts, analysts, and agents—to tell us, in their own voices, why they love the game and how they’re shaping its future.
Meet Dallas Stars’ winger Andrew Cogliano, who captivated the hockey world by playing 830 consecutive games, despite various injuries, and hear how hockey and his parents instilled in him the strong work ethic that made his streak possible. Learn about how Jeremy Rupke found his passion and created the popular website How to Hockey to help young hockey hopefuls who might not have money for professional lessons develop their on-ice skills and give them the confidence to achieve their dreams off the ice. Read about players like Jack Jablonski, who didn’t let a life-changing spinal cord injury at age sixteen stop him from being a part of the game, and is now using his experience to raise awareness and funds for spinal cord injury research. From LGBTQ players like Jessica Platt who are breaking down barriers to women such as Danièle Sauvageau who are breaking glass ceilings as coaches, refs, agents, and analysts, these are the everyday heroes who are using hockey to inspire change.
Featuring incredible stories of comebacks, milestones, and friendship, Everyday Hockey Heroes, Volume II highlights the very best of hockey: the power it has to unite us to be the best we can be—for ourselves and for others.
About the authors
BOB MCKENZIE is known to Canadians simply as TSNs Hockey Insider. McKenzie provides insight and commentary as an analyst for TSNs national NHL coverage, files updates and breaking news for TSN's SportsCentre, and writes his popular Hockey Insider feature on TSN.ca. He also appears regularly on radio in all major hockey markets in Canada, and on satellite radio across North America on shows such as This Week in the NHL and others.
McKenzie has been covering hockey for the past 26 years and is one of the most respected analysts in the business. In 2008, he was selected by The Hockey News as one of hockeys 100 most powerful and influential people.
McKenzie joined TSN in the late 1980s as an analyst on SportsCentre and Molson That's Hockey and has been a fixture on the network ever since. Prior to joining TSN, McKenzie was the editor-in-chief of The Hockey News for nine years and a hockey columnist for the Toronto Star for six years.
Jim Lang is a Canadian sportscaster, journalist, and the co-author of Shift Work and Bleeding Blue, two bestselling memoirs by Tie Domi and Wendel Clark. He hosts The Jim Lang Show. He lives outside Toronto with his wife and kids. Follow him on Twitter @JimLangSports.
Excerpt: Everyday Hockey Heroes, Volume II: More Inspiring Stories About Our Great Game (by (author) Bob McKenzie & Jim Lang)
“A second volume of stories about the unsung stars around your neighbourhood rink.”
— Ottawa Sun
Praise for Everyday Hockey Heroes, Volume I
“You can never truly know a country until you know the game that defines the people. The U.S. has football, Brazil soccer, India cricket. If you want to know Canada, or if you’re Canadian and want to know yourself, Everyday Hockey Heroes is for you. In these moving, inspirational, and entertaining stories, Bob McKenzie, the ‘Mr. Hockey’ of insight and analysis, and sportscaster extraordinaire Jim Lang have found the pulse of Canada—and the beat is as strong and healthy as ever.”
— ROY MacGREGOR, bestselling author of Wayne Gretzky's Ghost and The Home Team
“Inspiring. Truly hard to put down. Bob’s great storytelling abilities prove that hockey is so much more than just a game. Loved it!”
— DAVID CHILTON, bestselling author of The Wealthy Barber
“The Humboldt tragedy showed us just how much hockey is part of the Canadian community. Because, just as we share the joy hockey so often brings, that terrible moment in Saskatchewan taught us that together as a nation we comfort each other when the game, as it occasionally does, brings us pain. My friends Bob McKenzie and Jim Lang have a lifetime of stories from covering the great game, and these pages are wonderful evidence of what they’ve collected over the years. You’ll laugh at times, you’ll be inspired at times, and you may even cry as well, but through it all you’ll know that Canada is hockey and hockey is Canada. It really is our game.”
— PETER MANSBRIDGE
“Why do we like competitive sports? The drama, the stories, the heroics—the stories behind the game. McKenzie and Lang feature people who talk about their love of the game and how they’re championing the next generation—paying particular attention to those working to make it inclusive.”
— Toronto Star
“Bob and Jim shed some fantastic light on a coast to coast truth: there are hockey heroes in every rink in Canada. Names like Westlake, St. Denis, Singh, Potvin, and Cunningham are what drives the success and our love of the game. Everyday Hockey Heroes reminds us that you don’t need to make a million to be a real hockey hero.”
— KEN REID, Sportsnet Central anchor and author of Hockey Card Stories 2
Praise for Everyday Hockey Heroes, Volume II
“Hockey never ceases to amaze me with the quality of the people in the game. This book is full of hockey champions who will inspire you and show you the true depth of the people in and around this game.”
— BRIAN BURKE, former NHL executive
“Compelling accounts of personal strength and the power of hope. Everyday Hockey Heroes gives a spotlight to important issues that people are dealing with and exhibits their ability to not only overcome these obstacles but, more important, to try to make positive change in the wake of them.”
— SHELDON KENNEDY, former NHL player and founder of the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre
Other titles by Bob McKenzie
Other titles by Jim Lang
Everyday Hockey Heroes, Volume III
More Uplifting Stories Celebrating Our Great Game
No Days Off
My Life with Type 1 Diabetes and Journey to the NHL
Everyday Hockey Heroes
Inspiring Stories On and Off the Ice
Giving My All for the Game
The Mental Game
Inside the Game-Day Routines that Defined Six of the NHL's Biggest Stars