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They Don't Play Hockey in Heaven: A Dream, a Team, and My Comeback Season

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  121 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Ken Baker wanted nothing more than to play ice hockey with the pros-until a brain tumor cut his dreams short while in college. After surgery and several years of rehab, Baker, who in high school was a top prospect for the U.S. Olympic team, put his successful journalism career on hold to attempt the seemingly impossible: a comeback. He moved away from his family to become ...more
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Published September 1st 2004 by Lyons Press (first published September 1st 2003)
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Tommy
Sep 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
They Don’t Play Hockey In Heaven is a book about a young mans journey as he returns to a sport he truly loves. Ken Baker is a journalist who returns to the arena as a hockey goalie. He has recently undergone brain surgery but feels the need to return to the sport he left behind. He says he is trying to make a comeback so he can write about it from a journalist perspective but deep down he is looking to fulfill a childhood dream.
Every young athlete can relate to this book and this mans journey. I
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Sara Weihe
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m in the book. Enough said, lol. I loved having Ken here in Bakersfield, and reading this book around his time here and the team was really wonderful. I witnessed his success here, and I couldn’t be more proud to have known this guy for a brief time in my early 20s.
Michael Monti
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A truly inspiring story
Danny Edmonds
Jan 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a dream and how it has been turned into reality. Ken Baker was once one of the biggest prospects for the NHL for his goaltending skills. He gave up hockey after graduating from Colgate University and considered committing suicide after his long time girlfriend broke up with him. He got a new girlfriend named Brooke who is his new fiance and recently had a dream that could change his life. He dreamed of actually playing hockey again. His fiance totally agrees with his decision ...more
Drew
Feb 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is extremely well-written, which added to the fact that it is an amazing true story, makes the book a captivating read. Ken Baker's story catches the average sports novel reader easily, but it is also a great story for a lot of people, if not everyone. His story of recovering and rebounding after his brain tumor is inspirational. ...more
Chris Rosendall


Like his previous memoir, this book spends a little too long to reach the climax although in both cases it's worth it in the end. It was interesting learning about the different levels of pro hockey which I knew nothing about. He is certainly an inspiration to all.
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Jeffrey Spitz Cohan
Dec 25, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like hockey and/or Adm. James Stockdale
Shelves: sports, hockey
Although this book is about minor league hockey, the most worthwhile passage actually relates to Admiral James Stockdale.

I would recommend the rest of the book to hockey fans or to anyone who has spent a few hours or more in Bakersfield, CA.

Matt
Dec 31, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great story about how to follow your dream.
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Ken Baker is an American journalist, author, former pro athlete and television news personality. Baker is the Senior Correspondent for E! News as well as the host of E! Online's daily web show Live From E!.

Source: Wikipedia.
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