This year's hockey books are highlighted by two very different books, both of which are must-haves for readers who enjoy Third String Goalie.
First, from the Hockey Hall of Fame, is the Hockey Hall of Fame Book of Jerseys. Inspired by The Hockey News Greatest Jerseys of All Time special edition magazine of 2009, the Hall of Fame takes the concept a step further into hardcover book form. The 192 page book features five different sections, including NHL Greats, Around the Globe, All-Stars, Champions each featuring a full page photo of a standout jersey from the Hall of Fame's collection beautifully photographed complimented by an accompanying page with the story of the player who wore it (not unlike the format of the website you happen to be reading!) and a miscellaneous section that is a photo gallery of interesting and off-beat jerseys too good not to picture.
To give you an idea of the variety of jerseys in the book, the "NHL Greats" section is by no means limited to only NHL jerseys, as there are also jerseys from high school, youth, foreign club, All-Star and WHA teams as well as referee's jerseys.
Simply put, if you like this website, this book will be an instant cornerstone of your hockey library.
The second book we need to highlight is "Breakaway: From Behind the Iron Curtain to the NHL--The Untold Story of Hockey's Great Escapes", which documents the Czechoslovakian and Soviet players who risked their careers and even their lives to pursue personal freedom and wealth in North America with little more than a suitcase and the likelihood of never seeing their families again.
Here is an interview with Breakaway author Tai Pinchevsky on MPR radio.
There's also the not-so-rich-history of the Oakland/California Seals/Golden Seals, a team who actually had more names and owners than playoff appearances!
There are finally the books that cover the history of hockey and the NHL. Our recommended favorites in that category include "Hockey": A People's History" about what the game means to Canada, "The Official Illustrated NHL History" and the newly released "Sports Illustrated - The Hockey Book". Fans of international hockey will want to pick up "World of Hockey", published on the occasion of the International Ice Hockey Federation's 100th anniversary. "Lord Stanley's Cup" documents the history of hockey's most sought after trophy. Looking for one book that simply has everything? "Total Hockey" is just that. At six pounds, if it's not in Total Hockey, it's not worth knowing.