A fresh, analytical, and entertaining take on hockey’s tough guys
In professional hockey, enforcers are often as popular with fans as the stars who cash the big paycheques. Called upon to duke it out with a fellow troublemaker, or to shadow (and bruise) an opponent’s top scorer, these men get the crowds out of their seats, the sports–radio shows buzzing, and the TV audience spilling their beers in excitement. Don’t Call Me Goon gives the mayhem–makers their due by sharing their overlooked stories and contributions to the game. Drawing on a wealth of knowledge, research, and interviews, Oliver and Kamchen highlight the players who have perfected the art of on–ice enforcing from old timers like Joe Hall and Red Horner; to legendary heavy–hitters like Tiger Williams, Stu Grimson, and Bob Probert; to fan favourites like Tie Domi and Georges Laraque; and contemporaries like Arron Asham and Brian McGrattan. Don’t Call Me Goon also explores the issues that plague the NHL’s bad boys — suspensions, concussions, controversy — and looks ahead to the future of tough guys in the fastest game on ice.
A writer, editor, producer, and stay-at-home dad, Greg Oliver has had six books published. He lives in Toronto, Ontario. Richard Kamchen is a freelance writer in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Published: September 2013
Dimensions: 6 x 9 in.
“[The book] offers a look at life away from the penalty box for NHL heavyweights past and present, giving a short glimpse into the lives of the only professional punchers outside the boxing ring. The book — Don't Call Me Goon — isn't simply a rehash of old statistics and newspaper articles. Authors Greg Oliver and Richard Kamchen have done original interviews with players, adding live quotes and context to their work.” — London Free Press
“While Oliver and Kamchen are newcomers to the world of hockey books, they have managed to put together something that is quite entertaining and takes the reader on an amazing journey from the tough-as-nails early days of the professional game to today's tough customers.” — Sportsology