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Author, Hockey Writer Brian Kennedy Reads From His New Book, My Country Is Hockey, on February 9 in Pasadena, CA

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PASADENA, CA — Author Brian Kennedy, a freelance hockey writer who covers the Los Angeles Kings and the Anaheim Ducks for Inside Hockey, will read from his new book, My Country Is Hockey (Edmonton, Argenta Press, 2011), at Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena, on Thursday, February 9, 2012, at 7:00 PM.

The book explores the deep roots of Canada’s hockey obsession, which has become an integral part of the national mythology. Among the topics Kennedy takes up are the violence in the game, French-English rivalries, the modern definition of childhood, and Canada’s relationship with its closest neighbor, the United States. Read more of this post

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Brian Kennedy’s My Country Is Hockey Is A Revealing, Insightful, Must-Read Book

Photo: Argenta Press

MONTEREY PARK, CA — Here in the United States, especially for those of us who did not grow up in the Northeast, or in states like Minnesota, where kids have the opportunity to play hockey on a frozen pond, or where road hockey games have been popular for many, many years, that innocent and pure part of the game remains a mystery.

Author and scholar Brian Kennedy, Ph.D., a native of Montreal, an Associate Professor of English at Pasadena City College, and a freelance hockey writer who covers the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks for Inside Hockey, previously wrote two books, Growing Up Hockey: The Life and Times of Everyone Who Ever Loved The Game, and Living The Hockey Dream: Interviews and Personal Stories From NHL Superstars and Other Lovers of The Game, in which he gave readers a good look into how hockey is so deeply rooted in Canadian culture and in the psyche of Canadians.

But in his new book, My Country Is Hockey: How Hockey Explains Canadian Culture, History, Politics, Heroes, French-English Rivalry and Who We Are As Canadians, Kennedy goes for the jugular in that regard, taking great pains to point out how hockey is inextricably intertwined with just about all things Canadian, heavily influencing Canadian thought, behavior, politics, and so much more, while also looking at how the purity and simple joy of the game is being lost. Read more of this post

Los Angeles Kings Press Corps Left With Huge Hole In Lineup After Loss Of Jonathan Moncrief

Jonathan Moncrief (second from right) with some of the regulars of the west wing of the Staples Center press box covering the Los Angeles Kings. From left: Andrew Knoll,
Charles E. Smith, Jr., Brian Kennedy, Moncrief, Dave Joseph.
Photo: Charles E. Smith, Jr.

LOS ANGELES — Back in late March, the west wing of the Bob Miller Press Box at Staples Center was unusually quiet during Los Angeles Kings games.

The reason: Jonathan Moncrief, who covered the Kings for Examiner.com and for Inside Sports was not in his usual seat, nor was he in the Chick Hearn Media Room downstairs. He was nowhere to be found.

It was not until days (and home games) later that we Read more of this post

Tears From The Hockey Gods, Not Raindrops, Are Falling On Southern California

Graig Woodburn, who loved to play hockey,
is shown here on the ice at Fenway Park prior
to the 2010 Winter Classic that featured the
Philadelphia Flyers and the Boston Bruins.
Photo: Graig Woodburn

LOS ANGELES — For most people here in Southern California, the region has been drenched by rain the past few days. But if you are involved with the Los Angeles Kings or Anaheim Ducks, either as part of the teams, a member of the media, or as fan, make no mistake…those drops are not from rain.

No, not rain at all. Rather, the dark clouds reflect sadness and the drops falling from the sky are tears, as the hockey gods, at least, the ones who watch over the Kings and Ducks, are crying.

Graig Woodburn, 50, died on December 19, after a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer. He covered the Kings and Ducks for the Riverside Press-Enterprise, Associated Press and The Sporting News until a couple of seasons ago, and most recently, he moved to Boston to cover the Boston Bruins for WEEI.com during the 2009-10 season, and to be closer to his family. Read more of this post

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