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The Seven A.M. Practice: Stories of Family Life Hardcover – October 26, 1996

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Many Canadian parents are familiar with the painful tradition of the seven a.m. practice. It is enacted weekly across the country ? hours before most sane people think of rising from their beds ? as long-suffering mothers and fathers bundle sleepy children into the family car or minivan, then drive their budding athletes to the arena, the pool, the field, the gym?

Roy MacGregor knows the joys and frustrations of cheering on a sporting child. He has, in particular, become known as an expert on the subject of fathers, sons, and the game of hockey, where parent and child often find a rare opportunity to meet on common ground and forge a relationship mediated by their love of the sport.

But Roy MacGregor also has some first-hand experience on the subject of fathers, sons, and ear-piercing; fathers, daughters, and the pre-teen dance. In the funny, sometimes hair-raising stories collected in The Seven A.M. Practice, in which he describes life at home with his own four children, Roy MacGregor brings his gently affectionate eye to the relationship of parent and child in every aspect of their lives.

With bemused good humour, MacGregor charts the highs and lows of being a parent ? from the cherished time when he is the centre of his child?s life to the sad day when it dawns on him that he is being gently nudged ever further to one side.

About the Author

Roy MacGregor has been involved in hockey all his life. Growing up in Huntsville, Ontario, he competed for several years against a kid named Bobby Orr, who was playing in nearby Parry Sound. He later returned to the game when he and his family settled in Ottawa, where he worked for the Ottawa Citizen and became the Southam National Sports Columnist. He still plays old-timers hockey and has been a minor-hockey coach for more than a decade.

Roy MacGregor is the author of several classics in the literature of hockey. Home Game (written with Ken Dryden) and The Home Team were both number one national bestsellers. He has also written the game’s best-known novel, The Last Season. His other books include Road Games, The Seven A.M. Practice, and A Life in the Bush, a memoir of his father. He has also written books about native leaders and the Ottawa Valley.

Roy MacGregor is now a senior columnist for the National Post. He and his wife, Ellen, live in Kanata, Ontario. They have four children, Kerry, Christine, Jocelyn, and Gordon.

You can talk to Roy MacGregor at


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: McClelland & Stewart; 1st edition (October 26, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0771056001
  • ISBN-13: 978-0771056000
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #245,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By StrippedAGear on December 24, 2001
Before Roy MacGregor got into writing the Screech Owls books, he authored and co-authored some great books on hockey. My favorite MacGregor works are still 'Road Games: A Year in the Life of the NHL,' 'Home Game,' and 'The Last Season.'
'The Seven A.M. Practice' is a departure from all of the above. While MacGregor spends a small number of pages on youth hockey's impact on the Canadian family, most of the book is a humorous and poignant portrayal of his family life away from the rink. This book is not about family in the context of growing 9-year-old future NHL players. It's just about his family and his experiences as a grandson, son, and a father of four. Enjoy it for that and stick to his other books for hockey.
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By K. Kainula on December 20, 2002
In these sotires collected into this book they will be sure to touch you either if you are a parent or a child. Sorry for the length of the reiview.
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