With the regular NHL season about to begin, I thought it was appropriate to feature a few hockey books.
Fans of the game of hockey often enjoy reading about NHL trivia. The 1972 Summit Series against Russia also highlighted international hockey. In his book World Class Hockey Trivia, Don Weekes combines interesting trivia questions with international hockey. After asking a series of questions, Weekes provides answers - and not just answers, but also some interesting information pertaining to the answer. For example, the answer to the question of the most lopsided score in top-group competition of men's hockey is 47-0. But Weekes provides lots of information about his blowout game where Canada beat Denmark in the 1949 World Championships. Canada scored 13 goals in the first period, 16 in the second and 18 more in the third. All 11 Canadian skaters scored at least a hat trick. Denmark didn't return to "elite international competition" until 2003 where they defeated the USA 5-2 and tied Canada 2-2!
The six sections are on "Hockey Night on Planet Earth", "Summit Showdown", "An Ideal of Greatness", "Champions of the World", "The March West" and "The Olympians".
Those interested in hockey trivia on an international scale will enjoy World Class Hockey Trivia.
2009, 569 pages
Another book of hockey trivia by Don Weekes is The Biggest Book of Hockey Trivia. Similar in style to World Class Hockey Trivia, this book contains tonnes of questions and answers - and interesting information pertaining to the answers. Quick! When was the last time a forward or defenseman played in goal in the NHL? The answer is 1960-61 (oops, SPOILER ALERT) and it was accomplished by Jerry Toppazzini. OK, no more spoilers.
Hockey enthusiasts will enjoy meeting the challenges of Weekes quizzes, puzzles and games in The Biggest Book of Hockey Trivia.
2009, 159 pages
As a child I enjoyed hockey photos. I had a great hockey card collection (wish I still had it) and I even had a scrapbook (which I still might have) of hockey pictures and articles taken from newspapers and magazines. I think young hockey fans are particularly impressed with action photos of NHL players.
Reflections 2009: Tthe NHL Hockey Year in Photographs captures many of the memorable moments from last season - from the outdoor game at Wrigley Field between Chicago and Detroit to the Stanley Cup finals and cup celebrations. There are lots of action shots as well as honouring the numbers of Trevor Linden, Doug Gilmour, Wendel Clark, Pierre Pilote, Keith Magnuson, Glen Wesley, Mike Gartner, Glenn Anderson, Adam Graves and Patrick Roy as well as retiring the numbers of Harry Howell and Andy Bathgate.
A section of year-end statistics is also included.
A "share of proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to the Hockey Fights Cancer intiative."
Another fun hockey trivia book is Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Shoots and Scores. This book is full of hockey facts, stats and anecdotes with information hockey's early years, the greats, records, hockey's characters, underdogs, bloopers, superstitions, popular lines and much more. If you enjoy reading about hockey's greats along with it's characters and all the others who help make hockey the greatest sport in the world, then you'll like Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Shoots and Scores.