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Children's Nonfiction Hockey

Inside Hockey!

The Legends, Facts and Feats That Made the Game

by (author) Keltie Thomas

illustrated by John Kicksee

Owlkids Books Inc.
Initial publish date
Sep 2008
Hockey, Winter Sports
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2008
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2008
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 6


Humorously illustrated and accompanied by exciting photographs, Inside Hockey! explores the facts, adventures, and one-of-a-kind anecdotes that make hockey one of North America’s most popular sports. This highly energetic book gives kids an inside look at the facts about male and female hockey superstars, inventions, rules that changed the game, and some of the dazzling science behind the sport. Perfect for diehard hockey fans and those new to the game, Inside Hockey! has something for everyone. Readers of all ages will discover the stories behind the greatest goal scorers, crazy goalies, practical jokers and hijinks, superstitions, the most ferocious fights, players overcoming obstacles, and the obsession with that Cup called Stanley. In what other sport could you find a player who would rather fight than score, and one who used to sleep in his uniform so he wouldn’t miss a second of ice time in the morning? Or a goalie who sewed an elastic mesh net (like a spider web) between his legs to catch the puck, and one who talked to the goalposts like they were his old friends? With insider information about the game and behind the scenes profiles on players and their incredible experiences, Hockey Night will never look the same way again.

About the authors

KELTIE THOMAS is a passionate sports fan and award-winning children’s science writer and editor. She is a former editor of OWL Magazine, and is the author of popular sports books such as How Baseball Works; Blades, Boards & Scooters; and Inside Hockey! She lives in Toronto.

Keltie Thomas' profile page

JOHN KICKSEE is an illustrator and book designer with a passion for hockey. A father of two, he spends much of his free time coaching his son and daughter's sports teams. He lives in Toronto.

John Kicksee's profile page


  • Short-listed, British Columbia Library Association, Red Cedar Book Award
  • Commended, Canadian Toy Testing Council, Top 10 Great Books
  • Short-listed, Alberta Children's Choice Awards, Rocky Mountain Book Award
  • Short-listed, Ontario Library Association, Silver Birch Award
  • Commended, Ontario Library Association, Top 10 Canadian Children's Books, Best Bets List

Editorial Reviews

[A] memorable collection of hockey’s greatest stories and most legendary characters.

North Bay Nugget

...a great introduction to the history of the game and offers information even a hockey buff may not know...this book is highly engaging and really sparks the imagination of young hockey fans.

Resource Links

Readers of all ages, even otherwise reluctant readers who love hockey, will enjoy this book.

Professionally Speaking

…filled to the rafters with neat facts, cool illustrations and unique tidbits that will thrill hockey fans young and old.

Chronicle Herald

Keltie Thomas has scored again with another great hockey book…Inside Hockey! will shoot off the shelf once it is discovered by both girls and boys who love hockey.

CM Magazine: Canadian Review of Materials

Librarian Reviews

Inside Hockey! The Legends, Facts, and Feats That Made the Game

Delve into facts, adventures and unique anecdotes about one of North America’s most popular sports. Discover the stories behind the greatest goal scorers of all time, practical jokes played between players and coaches and the neverending quest for the Stanley Cup

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2009.

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