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Facing Wayne Gretzky Takes An In-Depth Look At Hockey’s Greatest Player Like No Other Book Has Done Before

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MONTEREY PARK, CA — Every summer, hockey fans suffer from withdrawal symptoms while their game goes on a long, painful hiatus.

Indeed, once the Stanley Cup Final has been completed and a champion crowned, all that’s left is the annual National Hockey League Draft, usually one week later, followed by the NHL Awards one week after that.

The final off-season events that pique the interest of hockey fans are the July 1 unrestricted free agent signing frenzy, followed shortly thereafter by team development camps for their young prospects.

That usually takes us into the second week of July, maybe the third week. But after that, zilch. Nada. Nothing. There’s a virtual black hole from that point, when there’s almost nothing to read, see, or hear in the hockey world until rookie and training camps begin in early September.

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Pond Hockey: Rediscovering The Game – An Entertaining, Novel Way To Get Your Off-Season Hockey Fix

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MONTEREY PARK, CA — With about nine weeks until the start of National Hockey League training camps, we’re into that dead period where hockey fans, already desperate for their hockey fix, are forced to choose between playing NHL2014 on their video game console, or watching replays of 2014 Stanley Cup Playoff games on their DVR or on the NHL Network multiple times each, even though they already know the outcome.

Of course, neither of those options are ever enough for hockey fans during this period that should be known as The Dreaded Lull.

Fortunately, there is another option.

Indeed, there are a number of good hockey books available, many about former NHL stars. But a recent book bucks that trend, Instead, it’s a novel about the game and time when the game was much simpler compared to what we see today on NHL ice.

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Win An Autographed Copy Of Hall of Fame Announcer Bob Miller’s New Book About LA Kings 2012 Stanley Cup Run

WIN A FREE, AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF BOB MILLER’s NEW BOOK! Details below.


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LOS ANGELES — When the Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup for the first time in franchise history on June 11, 2012, many fans turned their thoughts to the Voice of the Kings, long-time play-by-play announcer Bob Miller, who was in this 39th season behind the microphone, and had finally seen the Kings win hockey’s Holy Grail.

But even with the post-game celebration, the team party, the parade in Downtown Los Angeles and the celebration at Staples Center that followed, along with numerous Stanley Cup parties scattered across Southern California all summer long, Miller knew that someone had to get the stories about the historic Stanley Cup win down on paper, and not just in a newspaper or a magazine.

As a result, Miller has a new book out, Tales From The Los Angeles Kings Locker Room: A Collection Of The Greatest Kings Stories Ever Told, published by Sports Publishing, a division of Skyhorse Publishing.

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Breakaway: From Behind The Iron Curtain To The NHL – The Untold Stories Of Hockey’s Great Escapes – A Must-Read For Any Hockey Fan

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LOS ANGELES — Even though there have been indications over the past few days that the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players Association are finally negotiating rather than just posturing, and that an agreement on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement could be just days away, it is rather obvious that it won’t take much for the current negotiations to collapse.

Meanwhile, time marches on without the NHL on the ice. Many are looking for substitutes for their desperately-needed hockey fix. Catching an American Hockey League, ECHL, or junior league game, if you are lucky enough to have a team nearby, is probably the best substitute. But another way to help fill the void is to pick up a good hockey book, and a great choice is Breakaway: From Behind The Iron Curtain To The NHL – The Untold Stories Of Hockey’s Great Escapes, by Tal Pinchevsky, published in 2012.

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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