Sunday, 20 November 2011

TBC: Hockey Superstars All-Time Greats 2

The road trip is coming to an end, and I'm actually glad. The malls were insane today, and I really am glad that I have approximately 90% of my Christmas shopping done. I'd probably be cursing up a storm if I had traveled across the border and came back with little to show for my efforts. In any case, I'm sitting here watching an NCAA hockey game between St. Cloud State and Minnesota, and some of these players could end up being profiled in a book in the future! Today, Teebz's Book Club is proud to present Hockey Superstars All-Time Greats: Volume 2, written by Paul Romanuk and published by Scholastic Canada. We got to see a number of players yesterday who could easily be in any debate as an NHL all-time great, so let's see who else can be tossed into the discussion with this second volume.

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.

We saw a lot of the big names eliminated yesterday in the first volume of this series - Gretzky, Lemieux, Howe, Hull, Orr - so who could possibly be left? Well, guys like Marcel Dionne, Bobby Clarke, Ted Lindsay, Mark Messier, and Brett Hull are included in Hockey Superstars All-Time Greats: Volume 2. There are guys who personified winning once again - Henri Richard, Bernie Geoffrion, Larry Robinson, Bryan Trottier, and Steve Yzerman - as well as a couple of guys who may be darkhorses in some discussions about all-time NHL greats.

In the same vein as the first edition, Hockey Superstars All-Time Greats: Volume 2 has great pictures and facts about each of the players profiled. Some of the photos of the older players have great features shown that make sweaters from those eras significantly different from those today! These great images should make for great chatter between you and your hockey historian!

Like the first book, Hockey Superstars All-Time Greats: Volume 2 has a section at the end about all the individual NHL trophies and the qualities needed to be a nominee for each award. This is good for those who want a better definition for some of the lesser known trophies like the King Clancy Memorial Award or Lester B. Patrick Trophy.

This series of books by Mr. Romanuk are great starter books for your child, and Hockey Superstars All-Time Greats: Volume 2 is 48 pages of more information for him or her to digest. Again, it's a fairly easy read so this book would definitely be geared towards the younger reader, but the facts and information will still keep veteran readers interested. The photos and facts are excellent, and Hockey Superstars All-Time Greats: Volume 2 scores the hat trick for Mr. Romanuk in getting his third Teebz's Book Club Seal of Approval in three days!

Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!

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