Thursday, April 23, 2009

A Word From O'Neill's Mom and a List of Hockey Resources For The Noob

I am sure that there are a number of people who would love to read an essay entitled "Sean Avery Is A Punk And He Can Kiss My Big Fuzzy Butt And Steve Sullivan Is The King Of The Universe". Unfortunately for my boy and his readers, I'm going to play the Mom Card and let him cool down before he posts again.

While you're all in time out, I thought I'd take a moment to say hi and offer my sympathy to anyone reading who doesn't quite get the hockey/NHL/Nashville Predators love. Is it too late to read up and see what the shouting is about? Nah! We've still got the rest of the playoffs to go and Fall will be here before you know it.

In Nashville, there are intramural groups that play year-round at the local rinks.

Check out the Centennial Sportsplex site for more information.

There are quite a few good books on the subject, some of them a little more technical than others. My favorite nuts n' bolts book is Lloyd Percival's (sometimes controversial) "The Hockey Handbook". You might also want to check out Davidson and Steinbreder's "Hockey For Dummies". If you want to get the stories behind the stats and rules, take a look at Brian McFarlane's "Original Six" series, Allen Duff's excellent "Without Fear" which looks at some of the greatest goalies to play between the pipes, Wayne Coffey's "The Boys of Winter", an account of the 1980 men's US Olympic Hockey Team and Kevin Allen's entertainingly goofy "Why Is The Stanley Cup in Mario Lemieux's Swimming Pool?" For more information on my favorite team, there's Craig Leopold's "Hockey Tonk: The Amazing Story of the Nashville Predators".

Next up: Great places to visit on the innerwebs and cinema therapy for when the season is over.

copyright 2009 jas faulkner

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