Hockey fans will simply love The Legendary Game by Tom King, who has been researching the sport for 35 years. His hard work shows. The book of hockey trivia carries an incredible amount of information in its easily organized 29 chapters.
While it covers the topics and stars you would expect to read about (the original six teams, for example, and Gordie Howie, Wayne Gretzky, et al), it goes far beyond the commonplace. Indeed, there are chapters about the sport’s professional origins, its minor leagues, the International Ice Hockey Federation, families that played in the NHL and hockey players who excelled in other sports as well.
King offers a combination of narrative, trivia questions and answers, and a generous “Did You Know” section to conclude each chapter. Here’s a sampling of the trivia:
- Name the youngest player to be
inducted into the Hockey Hall of
Fame. Answer: Bobby Orr, who was
inducted with the class of 1979 at
age 31, along with Harry Howell and
- Who was the last NHL player/coach:
Charlie Burns, Alex Delvecchio or
Doug Harvey? Answer: Minnesota Coach
Burns became the last player-coach in
NHL history when he dressed and
played in an 8-0 victory over the
Toronto Maple Leafs. Burns’ final
game in an NHL jersey was March 1,
- Which NHL player holds the record for
suspensions: Dave Schultz, Tiger
Williams or Chris Simon? Surely, it
must be one of the first two, who
were infamous for their rough play?
Nope, it was Chris Simon, with seven
suspensions, the last one costing him
This lifelong New York Rangers fan especially enjoyed reading about the team’s origins and the role of such legendary names as Conn Smythe, Lester Patrick, Frank Boucher, and Bill and Bun Cook.
With this book, King shoots. And he scores.
Also available in ebook.