As we approach the final weekend prior to Christmas, time is running out to get our wish lists to the North Pole. No doubt, Santa will be inundated with mail from fans requesting hockey books this holiday season. If one walks through the sports department of a bookstore, they will discover no shortage of hockey publications on display. An individual could easily fill a shopping cart with books ranging from biographies to instructional guides.
Such was not the case in 1899. In that year the very first book was produced about the game of hockey. Written by Arthur Farrell, the title of this true piece of Canadiana is Hockey : Canada's Royal Winter Game. Not a stranger to the sport, Farrell was a member of the 1898-99 Montreal Shamrocks who captured the Stanley Cup that season.
|Hockey:Canada's Royal Winter Game|
Jumping forward to 2010, here are my recommendations for those with an interest in the Golden Age of Hockey (the Original Six Era 1942-1967).
Eddie Shore And That Old-Time Hockey
By C. Michael Hiam
Official Guide to the Players of the Hockey Hall of Fame
Hockey Hall of Fame Book of Goalies
The Golden Jet
By Bobby Hull with Bob Verdi
Tim Horton : From Stanley Cups to Coffee Cups
By Don Quinlan
Toronto Maple Leafs
Diary Of A Dynasty
By Kevin Shea
How about it Santa?