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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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!"
"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!"
"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!"
"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."
"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!"
"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!"
"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."
"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."
"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!"
"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!"