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Hockey Dad: True Confessions Of A (Crazy) Hockey Parent Hardcover – September 15, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (September 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470159391
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470159392
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,609,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hockey Dad? Definitely. Crazy? Maybe. But only if you think that camping out in an arena lobby for 48 hours to register your son for house-league hockey is crazy. Or getting escorted out of an arena by two policemen. Or calling for a stick measurement in a game involving 11-year-olds. Twice.

Hockey Dad is a revealing look at the good, the bad and the ugly of the minor hockey culture as seen through the eyes of a committed parent/hockey coach—or is it a parent/hockey coach who should have been committed?—who also just happens to be one of the most well-known hockey personalities in North America.

As TSN’s Hockey Insider, Bob McKenzie is one of the game’s most recognizable faces and trusted voices. His dedication to the game on the air is matched or surpassed only by his love and passion for his family and his sons’ lives in minor hockey. Hockey Dad is his deeply personal memoir of a life lived in rinks, raising his two boys to play at high levels of competitive hockey—cheering, cringing, coaching and, now and again, acting up.

Hilarious, candid, and at time poignant, Hockey Dad is a true slice of life as thousands live it in the world of minor hockey culture. Bob McKenzie reveals himself—and his entire family—in ways you’ve never seen him before.

These deeply personal stories, and how Hockey Dad dealt with the highs and lows of his son’s hockey careers (sometimes well, sometimes not so well), are a compelling look into the world of minor hockey—a major Canadian passion.

From the Back Cover

Praise for Hockey Dad

“And people think I'm crazy? This guy is the definition of crazy.”—John Tortorella, Head Coach, New York Rangers

“A must-read for all parents of athletes, not just hockey parents.”—Brian Burke, Toronto Maple Leafs' President and General Manager

“There will be ugly hockey stories this coming season, but there will, at the same time, be thousands of good ones that will go untold. This is a good one-and richly deserves to be heard.”—Roy McGregor, the Globe and Mail.

“You'll find yourself cheering for Michael and Shawn McKenzie and maybe a little bit for their father, too…if you're the parent of a young person playing this game, Hockey Dad is well worth the read.”—Ken Campbell, The Hockey News

Minor Hockey. Major Passion.

Hockey Dad? Definitely. Crazy? Maybe. But only if you think that camping out in an arena lobby for 48 hours to register your son for house-league hockey is crazy. Or getting escorted out of an arena by two policemen. Or calling for a stick measurement in a game involving 11-year-olds. Twice.

Hockey Dad is a revealing look at the good, the bad and the ugly of minor hockey culture as seen through the eyes of a committed parent/hockey coach-or is it a parent/hockey coach who should have been committed?—who also just happens to be one of the most well-known hockey personalities in North America. Hilarious, candid, and at times poignant, Hockey Dad is a true slice of life as thousands live it in the world of minor hockey culture. Bob McKenzie reveals himself—and his entire family—in ways you've never seen him before.

These deeply personal stories, and how Hockey Dad dealt with the highs and lows of his sons' hockey careers (sometimes well, sometimes not so well), are a compelling look into the world of minor hockey—a major Canadian passion. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Mackenzie is a great story teller.
Oriole Trader
Bob McKenzie hit the proverbial nail right on the head or should I say, one timed the frozen biscuit into the basket.
Wil Wu
Great book... A perfect Read for ANY hockey Dad..and you know who you ARE!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Wil Wu on April 19, 2010
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The culture of being hockey parent is truly a mystery to anyone who has not been indoctrinated into the fold. Yes, some relate it to being a soccer parent, little league parent but there is nothing like waking up your little player in the wee hours of the morning, shoving something warm and nutritious into their mouths every time they yawn, driving to a rink in the dark, hauling out the gear and lugging it to a locker room located in the deep recesses of a rink; only to find you forgot your little player in the car..., dressing him/her while trying not to gag from the funky odor permeating the room. After all is said and done, you sit, feeling like a Popsicle, for an hour or more in a rink that doubles as the local freezer storage for the town. Afterward, you reverse the process of what you did an hour ago. Yep, nothing like being a hockey parent. Bob McKenzie hit the proverbial nail right on the head or should I say, one timed the frozen biscuit into the basket. Spending the whole weekend, camped out on a lawn chair at your local rink just for an opportunity to sign your little one up for an in house league? The stories he mentions in the book has all the hockey parents of the world nodding and laughing their heads off simultaneously. For those who have yet to wander down that path, are curious what makes a hockey parent tick or just want to get a good laugh, I highly recommend this book. It's a fast and easy read. I just picked up additional copies for our coaches.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Campbell on December 23, 2009
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Bob does a great job of sharing his view on being a parent, coach, and member of the world of youth hockey and sports in general. He reminds us in many suttle and not so suttle ways at the end of the day, its just a game. That being the case, our goal as parents and coaches is to simple embrace our kids and encourage them as they use sports to develop their character. Must read for anyone involved in youth sports. Must read even if you're nothing more than a simple parent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By canfan05 on December 8, 2010
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Really great read! Bob explains all the intricate details of his sons minor hockey years and all the stories are told with really interesting facts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CK1 on April 8, 2013
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This book was a fast read. If your children are in hockey it makes the book so funny touching on the craziness of hockey parents. It also describes how great of a game hockey is to watch or play. Read it!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Oriole Trader on March 7, 2013
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This is a must read for every hockey dad. Really puts things in perspective. Mackenzie is a great story teller. Great gift for coach's.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By k on April 23, 2014
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Great book about the ups and downs of being a hockey parent. Entertaining and a good depiction of the life we live!
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