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Saturday, 19 November 2011

TBC: Hockey Superstars All-Time Greats 1

HBIC is back after a successful day of pricing out items and checking his lists. I plan on completing the vast majority of my Christmas shopping this weekend, so I'm happy with what I accomplished today. Speaking of Christmas lists and ideas, HBIC and Teebz's Book Club has another idea for your little hockey star. TBC is proud to present Hockey Superstars All-Time Greats: Volume 1, written by Paul Romanuk and published by Scholastic Canada. Much like yesterday's entry, today's book is a great option for younger hockey stars who might have a curiosity about some of hockey's greatest players from yesteryear. Who made the cut? Who was missed? We'll take an in-depth look at Hockey Superstars All-Time Greats: Volume 1.

Best known for his work on TSN, Paul Romanuk has covered over a thousand NHL and international hockey games in his 25-year broadcasting career. He routinely works as the play-by-play man for the Spengler Cup, but has also covered Stanley Cup Finals, World Championships, World Junior Championships, and the Olympic Games. Mr. Romanuk now lives in London, England, and works as a writer, producer, and broadcaster.

There should be some fairly obvious inclusions in a book titled Hockey Superstars All-Time Greats: Volume 1. Wayne Gretzky, Gordie Howe, Bobby Hull, Bobby Orr, and Mario Lemieux are all profiled in this book. Also included are some of the athletes that made winning look easy - Jean Beliveau, Ken Dryden, Guy Lafleur, Maurice Richard, Mike Bossy, and Denis Potvin - and there are a few guys who might not have made your initial list - Ray Bourque, Syl Apps, and Paul Coffey.

What Hockey Superstars All-Time Greats: Volume 1 does well is that Mr. Romanuk's write-ups on each of the players includes a neat fact about each player, and their career stats are listed below a picture of each player. How many people can honestly say they've seen a Howie Morenz picture when he was a member of the Chicago Blackhawks?

Towards the end of the book, there's a great section about the individual NHL awards. Each trophy is profiled as to what each trophy is awarded for, how the trophy was named, and there's a list of players who have won each award the highest number of times. Do you know who the all-time leader is in Conn Smythe Trophy wins? He's profiled in Hockey Superstars All-Time Greats: Volume 1!

Your little hockey superstar won't have a lot of trouble making his or her way through the 48 pages of information. While older kids may find this book a little too elementary, your budding hockey superstar will pick up a great deal of information about players from a different era. Hockey Superstars All-Time Greats: Volume 1 provides a great opportunity for parents to talk about some of their hockey heroes with their kids, and this makes Hockey Superstars All-Time Greats: Volume 1 very deserving of the Teebz's Book Club Seal of Approval! Not only can your child read about some of the NHL's greatest players, but you'll get a chance to read or listen to some of the great facts about these hockey idols!

Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!

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