Hockey and Books - two of my favorite things

A Listmania! list by CAL (Florida, USA)
The list author says: "The title kinda says it all. I'm building a collection of hockey books for myself, and these are some of the best ones. I tend to read more non-NHL stuff than NHL stuff, and I'm more interested in business related NHL books than player bios."
The Game
1.  The Game by Ken Dryden
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  "THE hockey classic.  Some people find Dryden too wordy, but I love his writing style.  If you only read one hockey book, this should probably be it."
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Home Game: Hockey and Life in Canada
2.  Home Game: Hockey and Life in Canada by Ken Dryden
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  "If you enjoyed The Game, then definitely pick up a copy of this one.  It focuses primarily on the importance of hockey to Canada, but there is plenty of interesting stuff here for all hockey fans."
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They Don't Play Hockey in Heaven: A Dream, A Team, and My Comeback Season
3.  They Don't Play Hockey in Heaven: A Dream, A Team, and My Comeback Season by Ken Baker
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  "My personal favorite.  After 50 pages you won't be able to put it down because the insider view of minor league hockey is so fascinating and because you MUST know what happens to Ken!  Inspirational and has a lot of appeal even for non sports fans.  I hadn't read a book twice in years before I ran into this one. Get it now."
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Tropic of Hockey: My Search for the Game in Unlikely Places
4.  Tropic of Hockey: My Search for the Game in Unlikely Places by Dave Bidini
The list author says:
  "Many people cite this as their favorite hockey book, if you read it you'll understand why!  Funny, informative, and moving, the passion of players in far-flung places is amazing."
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The Best Game You Can Name
5.  The Best Game You Can Name by Dave Bidini
The list author says:
  "Bidini has a unique outlook on hockey and is always worth a read. This contains a ton of anecdotes from hockey people, some famous some not, woven into the story of an amateur tournament that the author is involved in.  Some of the bits about Bidini's own team dragged, but many of the other stories were great and ranged from the hilarious to the touching."
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Finnie Walsh
6.  Finnie Walsh by Steven Galloway
The list author says:
  "Fiction - An odd (but good!) little book about the friendship between two hockey playing boys.  Has some elements of magical realism, but you don't really figure that out until late in the book."
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Ice Time: A Tale of Fathers, Sons, and Hometown Heroes
7.  Ice Time: A Tale of Fathers, Sons, and Hometown Heroes by Jay Atkinson
The list author says:
  "Great book about high school hockey.  I don't remember many details about this one except that it's so well written, it makes you long for ice and snow!"
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Blades of Glory: The True Story of a Young Team Bred to Win
8.  Blades of Glory: The True Story of a Young Team Bred to Win by John Rosengren
The list author says:
  "An inside look at a Minnesota high school hockey team with high expectations.  This one pulls no punches, and gives good insights and a lot to think about regarding high school sports in general."
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From Behind the Red Line: A North American Hockey Player in Russia
9.  From Behind the Red Line: A North American Hockey Player in Russia by Lawrence Martin
The list author says:
  "Fascinating look at Soviet hockey from an outsider's perspective.  Hartje arrived on the scene right as the famed Soviet system was beginning to fall apart.  I've seen its accuracy disputed, but it's a great read."
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The Red Machine: the Soviet quest to dominate Canada's Game
10.  The Red Machine: the Soviet quest to dominate Canada's Game by Lawrence Martin
The list author says:
  "If you can find a copy of this book (not at the extortionist prices for used copies here), it's well worth a read for a straightforward & brief but thorough history of Soviet hockey."
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Thunder and Lightning: A No-B.S. Hockey Memoir
11.  Thunder and Lightning: A No-B.S. Hockey Memoir by Peter Golenbock
The list author says:
  "Whether you like him or not, you must admit Espo tells a great story.  As a fan of the team he founded, I especially liked his stories from the early days of the Tampa Bay Lightning, but his tales of his rowdy playing days are what will draw most people in.  He wonders now how he survived, and you'll wonder the same thing once you read his accounts of the 70s NHL!"
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Money Players: How Hockey's Greatest Stars Beat the NHL at its Own Game
12.  Money Players: How Hockey's Greatest Stars Beat the NHL at its Own Game by Bruce Dowbiggin
The list author says:
  "Covers the recent history of the relationship between NHL players and owners.  Written right before the lockout, an essential read for understanding it."
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Net worth: Exploding the myths of pro hockey
13.  Net worth: Exploding the myths of pro hockey by David Cruise
The list author says:
  "Essential reading for those interested in the financial aspects of the NHL, this covers the early days, the founding of the NHLPA, and the fall of Alan Eagleson.  You can get a used copy for the cost of shipping, so there's no reason to miss out!"
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The Boys of Winter: The Untold Story of a Coach, a Dream, and the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team
14.  The Boys of Winter: The Untold Story of a Coach, a Dream, and the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team by Wayne R. Coffey
The list author says:
  "A detailed description of the game vs. the Soviets interspersed with a series of biographies of the players on the "Miracle" team.  Well written, but not my kind of thing really, it's a little dry & biographies aren't my favorite.  Maybe I'm just too young to remember these guys well individually!"
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Zamboni Rodeo (Tr)
15.  Zamboni Rodeo (Tr) by Jason Cohen
The list author says:
  "An in-depth look at low level minor pro hockey, mostly in Texas.  Very eye-opening about how tough of a life it is.  Lots of fun moments, though overall it paints a somewhat depressing picture."
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Hockey Night in Dixie: Minor Pro Hockey in the American South
16.  Hockey Night in Dixie: Minor Pro Hockey in the American South by Jon C. Stott
The list author says:
  "Very well researched, the author picked one team from each of the minor hockey leagues in the southern US, visited them and conducted many interviews. The 1st part is a narrative of his experiences, the 2nd is a history of all minor league southern hockey "experiments" from the 1980s onward, both successful and not so successful. Sometimes seems a little disdainful, but that was my only complaint."
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Saved
17.  Saved by Jack Falla
The list author says:
  "I recently read that this author passed away, what a shame that this is his first and last hockey novel!  One of the few hockey fiction books out there, this takes you through a year late in the career of a fictional NHL goalie.  If you're looking for a lot of off-ice stuff, you'll enjoy it, there are not a lot of hockey scenes but that doesn't bother me.  I was hooked, great book!"
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Open Ice: Reflections and Confessions of a Hockey Lifer
18.  Open Ice: Reflections and Confessions of a Hockey Lifer by Jack Falla
The list author says:
  "I have to pick up the author's Home Ice sometime, because this was great!  Some essays are about his search to learn more about hockey legends but many are more personal.  A lot of essays tie in aging and mortality (but not in a morbid or self-pitying way) which is more striking because he died shortly after this was published.  His love for hockey and his family shines through, he will be missed!"
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Between the Lines: Not-So-Tall Tales From Ray "Scampy" Scapinello's Four Decades in the NHL
19.  Between the Lines: Not-So-Tall Tales From Ray "Scampy" Scapinello's Four Decades in the NHL by Ray Scapinello
The list author says:
  "Very accurate title:  this is more a collection of "tales" from Scampy, other officials and players than it is a strict biography.  Fun book that gives you a bit of a backstage look at the life of an NHL official, lots of great anecdotes.  Recommended."
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A Season of Loss, a Lifetime of Forgiveness: The Dan Snyder and Dany Heatley Story
20.  A Season of Loss, a Lifetime of Forgiveness: The Dan Snyder and Dany Heatley Story by John Manasso
The list author says:
  "Very moving in spots, the Snyders are obviously an amazingly forgiving family.  The book drags a bit, a decent read but not a great one."
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Glow Pucks and 10-Cent Beer: The 101 Worst Ideas in Sports History
21.  Glow Pucks and 10-Cent Beer: The 101 Worst Ideas in Sports History by Greg Wyshynski
The list author says:
  "Not 100% hockey, but a very fun book nonetheless.  You won't believe some of the ridiculous (and dangerous) sports marketing ideas that are unearthed here.  The #1 worst idea will also have a lot of hockey fans nodding their heads in agreement!  Greg has moved on to blog for Yahoo! as Puck Daddy, very entertaining stuff."
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Brodeur: Beyond the Crease
22.  Brodeur: Beyond the Crease by Damien Cox
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  "Again, biographies aren't my favorite things, but I thought this would be interesting enough, and I was hoping for some insight into his work with the competition committee. It was OK, but if you're not a Devils or Brodeur fan you'll be underwhelmed and probably bored. I admit, I only made it through 75% before I moved on to something else. The man has an ego on him, that's for sure!"
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Lost Season: A Year In Hockey Without The NHL
23.  Lost Season: A Year In Hockey Without The NHL by Andrew Podnieks
The list author says:
  "Has some nice pictures, but that's about all there is to recommend it.  Consists of a few brief articles about various hockey events that happened during the 04-05 lockout, has an NHL-related timeline of the lockout & an extensive section of 03-04 stats of players who played overseas.  For completists only!"
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