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Last-minute gift ideas: indie booksellers hand-pick hockey books

Every fall, independent booksellers and publishers work together to promote a range of new titles published in Canada and internationally. Books for Everybody is a hand-picked selection of books for all interests, including young readers. Here are some highlights from the catalogues that provide great last-minute ideas for gifts and stocking stuffers.


The Great Defender: My Hockey Odyssey
Larry Robinson
(Fenn/McClelland & Stewart)

Legendary Canadien and Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Larry Robinson takes readers rink-side in this highly anticipated and poignantly told memoir. His successes as both player and coach are well-documented and will leave readers cheering for the man fondly nicknamed “Big Bird.”
$32.95 cl, 8 pages b&w photos, 256 pp. 978-0-7710-7236-9


Hockey’s Greatest Stars: Legends and Young Lions
Chris McDonell
(Firefly Books)

Profiles of 100 players—the greatest NHLers of the past plus the top players on ice today. Each two-page profile is illustrated with action-packed photographs.
$24.95 pa, 200 colour and b&w photos, 224 pp. 978-1-77085-288-4


The Last Hockey Game
Bruce McDougall
(Goose Lane Editions)

On May 2, 1967, Montreal and Toronto faced each other in a battle for hockey supremacy. But it wasn’t simply a game. The next season, the “Original Six” would be a thing of the past. Hockey would become big business. It was the last hockey game.
$29.95 cl, 370 pp. 978-0-86492-378-3


Puckstruck Stephen Smith (Greystone Books)

Stephen Smith
(Greystone Books)

Smith chronicles his wide-eyed and some-times wincing wander through hockey’s literature, language and culture, weighing its excitement and unbridled joy against its costs and brutality.
$34.95 cl, 12 b&w photos, 440 pp. 978-1-77164-048-0

Find participating bookstores in your community here or at http://www.findabookstore.ca/.