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Keon and Me: My Search For The Lost Soul Of The Leafs

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Hockey is the lens through which we see our lives—how we measure right and wrong, how we understand our hopes and fears. So it was for Dave Bidini in 1974, the last year Dave Keon played in Toronto. In a new grade in a new school, Bidini found himself the victim of a bully—a depredation he could understand only by thinking about what the Leafs dauntless captain went ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by Viking
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Chuck Slack
Aug 18, 2015 Chuck Slack rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. I liked the alternating chapter format of childhood memories/adventures followed by near present day. A grown man stalking, I mean, meeting is boyhood hero is touching and for many of the readers I suspect self-reflecting. Dave Bidini has a great grasp on hockey and what it was like growing up in the 70s. Dave is a lifelong Leafs fan which makes him somewhat of a martyr. I can somewhat relate being a Saskatchewan Roughriders fan.

A great read. I highly recommend it.
Rick MacDonnell
Jan 01, 2015 Rick MacDonnell rated it it was ok
Time has a way of romanticizing its heroes.

Heroes become legends, legends become myths, and myths become larger-than-life paragons of virtue. In Canada, as sad as this sounds, we vehemently worship the only heroes we know: hockey players. From Howe to Richard to Orr to Gretzky to Lemieux to Crosby, we (beyond) idealize these men, we fetishize them. We build them up into godlike figures that (often) bear very little resemblance to the actual men just a generation or two later. Dave Bidini's lates
May 22, 2015 bamlinden rated it really liked it
Keon And Me is just what it says on the cover - "My search for the lost soul of the Leafs". Dave Bidini writes this book as a lifelong fan of Dave Keon. The passion and intensity of his love for Keon is definitely at the forefront. It is so strong that by the end of the book.....I felt like a huge fan of Keon's.

But this book is more than just a gush-fest for Dave Keon. It's told in two narratives - the present day Bidini coping with the Leafs of today and the discovery that Keon's number hasn't
Steven Buechler
Jan 26, 2014 Steven Buechler rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book via a competition on Goodreads

“Hawwwww!” I finally found the perfect book that describes what it means to be a Canadian kid growing up in the modern world. We all tend to look back at our youth and try to figure out the elements of what made us who were are today. The heroes and enemies of those days formulated our personality, and pondering back is a natural thing. Finally a writer has crafted a wonderful book which speaks to me about what it was like being a sens
Apr 05, 2015 Ryan rated it it was amazing
After already having read two non-fiction books about hockey this year (Dryden's "The Game" and Pronger's "Journeyman"), I wasn't sure if I really wanted to read a third. I don't typically read a lot of non-fiction, and I thought a third book on the same subject would just be too much for me.

Am I ever glad I gave Bidini's book a try.

"Keon and Me" was fantastic. I couldn't believe how riveted I was by its contents. I may be a lifelong Leafs fan, but this book mostly centres around players and eve
Thomas Macinnes
Jan 31, 2015 Thomas Macinnes rated it it was amazing
Keon and Me is a fabulous book on many levels. First of all, it is very well-written. Dave Bidini, the author, has a craftsman's touch when it comes to descriptive writing. I enjoyed the language all throughout the book, just about as much as the story being told. As for the story, it is a terrific hockey story; especially, for those of us who grew up with Hockey Night in Canada as our Church and the backs of OpeeChee hockey cards as our Bible verses. But, more than just being about hockey, Keon ...more
Kari Burk
Jul 19, 2014 Kari Burk rated it it was amazing
There was no reason to rush through this book. In fact I savored it and let its eloquence settle into me. The library shut me down after the third renewal. They said bring the book back so others can read it. So I brought it back but returned in two weeks and there it was on the shelf so took it out again to finish the last few chapters. Dave Bidini's recall and reliving of his boyhood is done with emotional intelligence. His admiration for ex-Captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs Dave Keon strikes ...more
Nov 28, 2015 Jeff rated it really liked it
Why did I like this book? Because I spend too much time playing, watching, and reading about hockey. The author is a little older than me and much more talented, but he grew up on the other side of Lake Ontario living a life I always wondered about. This book is a most excellent lesson in growing up Canadian in the 1960s and 1970s as a fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Feb 26, 2014 Peter rated it it was amazing
Heartfelt. A must read for people who have hockey in their heart and define themselves by the game. If you are a fan of the Leafs, young or old, you will enjoy this book. You can only reflect on the past and Bidini's understanding of that makes the books style entertaining. More of a coming of age tale and contemplation on bully than expected but in the best way.
May 13, 2014 Terry rated it liked it
Should have been called, "ME!!! (and Keon)".

I was really hoping for a book about Dave Keon and the Leafs. They are mere background, however, in this story about Dave Bidini's childhood. Keon DOES figure in at the end but, make no mistake, this book is not about Dave Keon.

Once you get past that, the book is solid and the stories are well told. Par for the course with Bidini's work.
Don Sparrow
Feb 04, 2014 Don Sparrow rated it did not like it
This is a story of a boy in the 70's who for some reason idolizes Dave Keon of the Toronto Maple Leafs even though his best paying days where years before.I just couldn't get into this story..I expected more hockey stories rather than reliving the author's bullied youth.I found this book very hard to finish...cannot recommend this to anyone I know.
I have to confess, I didn't personally read this book. My husband read it and when I asked him how he liked it, he replied, "It was good" This is high praise from my husband who doesn't read a lot, almost not at all. It says something about the book that he even finished it...
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Dave Keon, Nuff said
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DAVE BIDINI is the author of nine books. His play, "The Five Hole Stories," was performed by One Yellow Rabbit and toured Canada in winter, 2009, and his two "hockumentaries," The Hockey Nomad and The Hockey Nomad Goes To Russia were Gemini-nominated films, and The Hockey Nomad won for Best Documentary.

Bidini is the recipient of numerous National Magazine Awards, and is a weekly columnist in The N
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