2010-11 was great year for avid consumers and readers of hockey books. At this point we’ll take a wait and see approach to measure this coming year’s crop, but there are a few standouts hitting your favorite book outlets before Christmas.
–First, though – Gamers, NHL 12, via EA Sports, for Xbox and PS3 hits stores on Tuesday, Sept 13th. Steven Stamkos is this year’s cover boy, succeeding Jonathan Toews. Among the additions to this year’s game are Wayne Gretzky and the Winter Classic game at Heinz Field.
Wiley Publications has three new books hitting the market before the end of the year.
Adam Proteau has a book coming out in December. The title, “Fighting the Good Fight: Why On-Ice Violence is Killing Hockey,” is sure to ruffle some eyebrows. Proteau is a staunch advocate of eliminating fighting in hockey. While I’m not really on board with that idea, I am looking forward to this book. It’s listed at 288 pages, so hopefully it’s an all-encompassing look at the violence issues plaguing the game, not limited to goonery, and possible steps to be taken to curb those, instead of steering it mostly towards fighting.
Former Maple Leafs general manager Gord Stellick also has a book forthcoming on November 8th. Stellick is now a sports talk radio personality in Toronto. Stellicktricity promises to be chock full of wit, anecdotal insight on some of the game’s biggest names. Sounds like it will be similar to Steve Ludzik’s book Been There Done That. —