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Summer Reading List

07/08/2015, 11:30am CDT
By Minnesota Hockey Journal

We know what most of you are thinking: Reading? In the summertime? No way!

But what better way to pass the time sitting in those long car rides up to the cabin, or during those rainy days that you are stuck inside. Not to mention, reading can actually be fun simply by adding an extra element -- hockey.

We've compiled a list of our favorite hockey books to add to your summer reading list. Who knows, you just might enjoy summer reading after all.

HISTORY BUFFS

The Boys of Winter by Wayne R. Coffey

The Boys of Winter details the high-profiled 1980 U.S. Olympic team. What sets this book apart from the countless others is that it dives in far beyond the game and the miraculous win. Instead, it provides the backstory of a bunch of blue-collared amateur players who had the guts and grit to defeat the mighty Russians. With a majority of players hailing from the State of Hockey, the locations and names will bring a nice familiarity to the read, too.

Rating: 5 pucks

 

Frozen Memories (I and II) by Ross Bernstein

Detailed photos and exciting Minnesota hockey history is on full display in Bernstein’s two coffee-table books. Frozen Memories contains everything from high school championships to defunct Minnesota pro and semi-pro squads. With inserts from some of Minnesota’s most notable names, Frozen Memories (I or II) is a must-have in your collection.

Rating: 5 pucks

 

Frozen in Time: A Minnesota North Stars History by Adam Raider

Younger players may not recall the time of the North Stars – before they became the Dallas Stars – but parents who grew up with Minnesota’s first professional team certainly do. Frozen in Time takes a detailed look at the uprising, and untimely fall of Minnesota’s still-beloved team.

Rating: 3 pucks

 

COMPILATIONS

Facing Wayne Gretzky: Players Recall the Greatest Hockey Player Who Ever Lived by Brian Kennedy

Wayne Gretzky is the greatest player to have ever played the game. His records span across all elements of hockey and it’s no wonder he earned the nickname, “The Great One.” But what about those guys who were given the unlucky task of trying to stop him? Read about what his opponents, teammates and friends thought about Gretzky, and what it was like to be on the ice with the famed player.

Rating: 4 pucks

 

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Hooked on Hockey

Like the numerous other Chicken Soup for the Soul books, CSFTS:Hooked on Hockey includes submissions and stories from people around the world. The added kicker, the stories are all about hockey. Heart-felt, funny and all around entertaining, you’d be hard pressed to find a story that you as a player, parent or fan can’t relate to.

Rating: 3 pucks

 

The Greatest Hockey Stories Ever Told by Bryant Urstadt

Take a behind-the-scenes look at what really went on, on and off the ice, with some of the greatest NHL players to play the game. The Greatest Hockey Stories Ever Told gives players like Mike Richter and Wayne Gretzky the pen, as they share some of the hilarious antics and strategies that went on during their time.

Rating: 3 pucks

BIOGRAPHY

Herb Brooks: The Inside Story of a Hockey Mastermind by John Gilbert

His name is a staple across the U.S. and it’s one that us Minnesotans are even more familiar with. Herb Brooks was indeed, a hockey mastermind. The legendary coach of the 1980 U.S. Olympic team, Brooks shared much of his life story and game strategy with close friend John Gilbert. Gilbert turned the information and Brooks’ storytelling into this fantastic read.

Rating: 5 pucks

 

Blades of Glory: The True Story of a Young Team Bred to Win by John Rosengren

No, this is not the book that was turned into the Will Ferrell figure skating movie. Long before that comedy hit theaters, there was Blades of Glory hockey edition. It’s the Friday Night Lights of Minnesota, following the 1992 Bloomington Jefferson Jaguars – a squad that included NHLer Tom Gilbert. The Jags had pressure on them to win after bringing numerous state championships home. Can they do it again?

Rating: 4 pucks

Old Time Hockey: Glen Sonmor by Ross Bernstein and Glen Sonmor

Bernstein may have helped write it, but Sonmor lived it. Former University of Minnesota head coach and a general manager, player and broadcaster, Sonmor has seen it all. Old Time Hockey shares the good, the bad and the hilarious through Sonmor’s time with the game.

Rating: 3 pucks

Gold, Silver, and Bronze: A Doctor’s Devotion to American Hockey by George “Doc” Nagobads

Nagobads may have been a lesser-known part of the 1980 Miracle on Ice, but he was no less important to the American squad. The team physician, he bonded with each one of those players. Traveling with a journal through the remarkable Olympic journey, Nagobads gives readers a peek behind one of the most significant wins in American sports, and a look into the players and coaches that made it possible.

Rating: 3 pucks

 

FOR THE MITES

Sometimes learning and books are better with hockey pictures...

The Magic Hockey Stick by Peter Maloney and Felicia Zekauskas

Little Hockey by Matt Napier

Z is for Zamboni by Matt Napier

I Spy with My Little Eye: Hockey by Matt Napier

Hockey Morning Noon and Night by Doretta Groenendyk

Hat Tricks Count: A Hockey Numbers Book by Matt Napier

The Magic Hockey Skates by Allen Morgan

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