Just finished reading Cyclone Taylor - A Hockey Legend by Eric Whitehead. This book is a fascinating look back in time to the origins of the professional game in Canada and the US. For those that collect prewar cards, the book contains plenty of references to players from the C55-57 sets, even players from the 20's and 30's. Highly recommended as a biography and a must for any prewar hockey collector.
For a deeper look into the origins of the game I would also recommend George and Darril Fosty's Splendid Is The Sun - The 5,000 Year History of Hockey.
Anyone else have recommendations of other good hockey books that look at the game's early beginnings?
I also read the Cyclone Taylor bio, and I agree that it was very informative. I have always been a Cyclone Taylor fan and this book gave me even more reason to respect what he accomplished.
Eric Whitehead also wrote a book called "The Patricks" which gives a detailed history of Frank and Lester Patrick. It tells of their family history, playing career, establishing the Pacific Coast Hockey League, and Lester's coaching career in the new NHL. It also includes info on Cyclone Taylor, Art Ross and the Patrick children. It's another great book for hockey historians!
I read a good biography of Tim Horton a while back, but I don't remember the name. Once I find it I'll post the name.
I glad I found this group through the PSA site. It is great to see some familiar names I have dealt with on ebay.
The Cyclone Taylor book is a great one. I would also recommend "Putting A Roof On Winter" by Michael McKinley. Althouf this book does go up to modern times, over the first half of the book deals with pre WWII. There are also a lot of great vintage photos.
Stan Fischler's book "Those Were The Days" is another good read about many early hockey players as well.
If I might be so bold as to expand on the original post, I recently finished a great hockey book, great book in general, called The Best Game You Can Name by Dave Bidini. Classic stuff. He interviewed a ton of hockey people, a few stars but mostly journeymen or less-than-star players and has come up with some really great and funny stuff. He doesn't go back as far as Taylor but seems to capture the spirit of the game quite nicely.
Hi, after reading the post I googled this book. Copies that were available to purchase were all in the $200-300 range with one on ebay for $150. Why is this book so much money? You can buy the Patricks book and the Taylor book for under $10.
I don't know why that would be so high. It probably is out of print but there should still be enough reasonable priced copies floating around. I have seen this book a few times on dealers racks and know that they weren't asking that much. I paid $15 for my copy less than 3 years ago.
Be patient and I am sure one will turn up. I always have fun checking the different book sellers at Expo for instance...
Just finished reading the book again. Great book. Mum was born in Tara were Cyclone was born. Swam in the Mill pond were it was a skating surface in the winter. Thats were Cyclone learned to skate with the help of the local Barber. Anyone have any suggestions on where I can purchase a copy of "The Patrick Family" book?