The Top Shelf is Hockey Dawg’s Library.
It is a resource of books for players, parents, and coaches.
Summer Reading List
Mr. Hockey: My Story By Gordie Howe, with Forward by Bobby Orr. Paperback. $8.21 Prime eligible. Other formats available. “I read the opening line, and I was hooked,” Shirt Sam said. “It reads ‘I love the feel of the puck on my stick.‘ If you love this game, how does that not resonate? Mr. Howe is hockey’s version of Arnold Palmer. It’s an interesting read, and also reminds us of the humble roots of our sport’s greatest player. As expensive as hockey has become, it’s important to remember that, at it’s core, hockey is a blue collar game.”
Orr: My Story By Bobby Orr. Paperback. $11.06 Prime eligible. Other Formats available. If Gordie Howe is our Arnold Palmer, Bobby Orr may be Jack Nicholas. For our money, Bobby Orr revolutionized the game. Defensemen could now be a potent part of a team’s offense, thanks to Number 4. Even now, 40-plus years later, his highlight reels are like no other. Beyond the rink, he remains hockey’s quintessential gentleman. No player’s professional development can be considered complete without reading Mr. Orr’s book.
99 Gretsky: His Game, His Story By Al Strachan. Paperback. $15.50. Prime eligible. Other formats available. After Mr. Howe and Mr. Orr, we had to complete the trifecta. From Amazon: “From the time Wayne Gretzky began playing organized hockey at the age of six, his genius was evident. He scored one goal in his first season and 378 in his fifth. With the Edmonton Oilers in the 1980s and later with the Los Angeles Kings, he was virtually unstoppable. He won nine Hart trophies as the leading scorer, and four Stanley Cups. Later, with the St. Louis Blues and New York Rangers, he continued to show leadership, finesse, and grace both on and off the ice.”
Leave No Doubt: A Credo for Chasing Your Dreams By Mike Babcock, with Rick Larsen. Paperback. $13.55 Prime eligible. We are currently reading this. Stay-tuned for our review.
Behind the Bench: Inside the Minds of Hockey’s Greatest Coaches By Craig Custance. Paperback. $10.93. Prime eligible. We are currently reading this. Stay-tuned for our review.
11 Habits of Happy and Positive Sports Parents. By Janis Meredith. Paperback. $7.99 Prime eligible. We are currently reading this. Stay-tuned for our review.
What’s on our reading list:
The Champion’s Mind: How Great Athletes Think, Train, and Thrive By Dr. Jim Afremow, PhD
Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook-5th Edition by Nancy Clark
Hockey Goaltending by Brian Daccord
NFHS Ice Hockey Rules Book
NFHS Ice Hockey Rules Book is the official, governing rule book for high school hockey. It includes case study for rules clarification. 142 pages. Available on Amazon. Clicking here will bring you to the Amazon page.
- Primarily recommended for: High School coaches, players, and officials.
- Secondarily recommended for: Parents of high school players
High School coaches and officials must be certified by NFHS. States may, and often do, augment these rules. Please check with your state’s requirements, for complete rules. For links to your state’s resources check out our Resources Page here. NFHS Ice Hockey Rules Book on Amazon.
Coaches & Officials can find out more about certification on the NFHS-Learn website.
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