Monday, July 2, 2018

BOOK-ENDS

For the past year, my writing efforts have been dedicated to a book project on former NHL defenceman Bob Goldham. As a result, no postings have been produced in this blog. However, I'm pleased to report my book is completed and it is now available on Amazon.com and Amazon.ca.


Here is a description of the book...

Bob Goldham Outside The Goal Crease chronicles the life and career of the former NHL defenceman. For the first time, Goldham's entire story is told!

Born in Georgetown, Ontario, Goldham moved to Toronto and attended Northern Vocational High School, where he excelled in a number of sports. During this time, he played junior A hockey with the OHA Toronto Marlboros.

His NHL career began with a bang in 1941-42, when the Toronto Maple Leafs, after losing the first three games in the best-of-seven Stanley Cup final, roared back to win the next four contests to capture Lord Stanley's mug. This historical accomplishment remains unmatched by any other NHL franchise and Bob Goldham made a huge contribution in making it happen.

As Elmer Ferguson, the dean of writer's in the Hockey Hall of Fame, wrote in June 1942, "It was Goldham who fought back, savagely, effectively, impatiently brushing aside the mop of hair dangling in his eyes...Goldham met the surging Wings drives, snared the puck time after time, (and) fought his way out."

In addition to the Leafs, Goldham skated for the Chicago Black Hawks and Detroit Red Wings. He played an important role in the Red Wings Stanley Cup dynasty in the 1950s. Goldham's unique talent for blocking shots resulted in him being called hockey's second goalie.

After his retirement, he coached at St. Michael's College School. Behind the bench of the St. Mike's Majors, Goldham guided a young Dave Keon through his time junior A hockey. "I really admired him as a coach," said Keon.

Later, he joined Hockey Night in Canada and became a noted studio analyst and colour commentator. "Bob became a star and wore his fame with great humility and I liked that about him," stated executive producer Ralph Mellanby.

Fortunately for hockey fans, Goldham recorded his personal and professional memories and for the first time these are revealed in Bob Goldham Outside The Goal Crease.

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With the book now released, I look forward to firing-up the blog!







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