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Hockey Trailblazers

by Nicole Mortillaro

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list price: $6.99
edition:Paperback
published: Jan 2011
ISBN:9781443104692
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The stories of five real hockey heroes who overcame challenges to play the game they love at the highest possible level!

This inspiring book profiles hockey players whose talent and determination eventually broke down barriers in hockey and opened doors and the generations that followed. Readers will learn about:

  • Will O'Ree, who challenged racial barriers as the first black player in the NHL.
  • George Armstrong, the first aboriginal player to make it big in the NHL, played 11 seasons as the Captain of the Maple Leafs, and proved his talent many times over.
  • Bobby Clarke was the first player with diabetes to play in the NHL. Knowing his place in hockey history now, it is laughable to htink he was dismissed as "too fragile" to play the game.
  • Manon Rhéaume, the first woman to play pro hockey.
  • Larry Kwong, the first Chinese-Canadian in the league.

This fascinating book includes photos of all the players and sidebars about others they inspired, including Jarome Iginla, Hayley Wickenheiser and Jordan Tootoo. It encourages young fans to consider hockey, and the meaning of determination, from a whole new perspective.

 

Contributor Notes

Nicole Mortillaro is a children's book editor and an avid hockey fan to boot! She has written four previous works of non-fiction for young readers, including biographies of Jarome Iginla and Bobby Clarke. She lives in Richmond Hill, Ontario with her daugther.

Awards
  • Short-listed, Red Cedar Award (BC Young Readers' Choice)
  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre

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Hockey Trailblazers

William O’Ree, George Armstrong, Bobby Clarke, Manon Rhéaume and Larry Kwong all overcame challenges to become successful hockey legends. This inspiring book shows how they broke down barriers for themselves and future generations of hockey players with their talent and determination.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. Fall, 2012.

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