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Goon: The True Story of an Unlikely Journey Into Minor League Hockey
by Doug Smith
Goon: The True Story of an Unlikely Journey into Minor League Hockey chronicles the uniquely wild adventure of Doug Smith, who was determined to realize his dream of playing professional hockey, despite the fact he didn't start skating until the age of 19. Armed with a burning desire and his only marketable athletic abilities - those honed as an amateur boxer - Doug defeat ...more
Paperback, 210 pages
Published June 10th 2002 by PublishAmerica
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I think this is another one that, rather like Jack Falla's Saved, is really only enjoyable if you are puck-obsessed. I can't imagine that anyone else reading this would be as deeply entertained as I was. I picked it up because of the film by the same name, and though they bear inspiration and passing resemblance, the film is definitely fiction. But in the book, you really come to love Doug Smith and his crazy life and odd priorities. He obviously loves the game and his role in it, and it really ...more
An interesting look at minor league hockey. Would have been better with a more talented author. Makes me hope and pray Sean Pronger (Chris Pronger's brother) one day writes a book. He currently blogs on chrispronger.com under the name "The Journeyman". Now that's who I want to write a book on minor league hockey.