Imprint:ECW Press - Toronto
Dimensions:9in x 9 x 0.42 in | 1.23 lb
Page Count:200 pages
Illustrations:60 60 photographs, colour, 120 120
Hit the ice in the NHL for the first time with over 300 hockey stars
From Hall of Famers to lesser-known players, every one of the more than 7,700 NHLers skated in a first game. Many of these debuts are noteworthy because of a record that is plain amazing (Al Hill’s five points), a record most dubious (David Koci’s 42 penalty minutes), or an achievement never likely to be replicated (Larry Hillman gets his name on the Stanley Cup after just one shift). Prolific sports writer Andrew Podnieks’s comprehensive new book features more than 300 spectacular debuts, from 1917 to 2019, and hones in on great achievements and amazing exploits culled from each player’s first night of NHL stardom.
Short DescriptionBestselling author of Fast Ice, Andrew Podnieks, returns with more than 300 spectacular NHL debuts that span history, honing in on the amazing exploits and great achievements from every player’s first night on the NHL ice.
Sales and Market Bullets
“To a man, every NHL player can tell you about his first game. Andrew Podnieks has compiled a remarkable treasure trove of stories, from players whose first game was the start of a brilliant career to those whose first game was the only one they played. Every page has a unique and interesting twist on the one thing every player has in common: the first time they played in the NHL.” — Gord Miller, hockey commentator, TSN
“From Newsy Lalonde to Cale Makar, from those who made their NHL debuts on their birthdays to one game wonders, once again Andrew Podnieks proves there is no hockey detail too small he can’t turn it into a fascinating, comprehensive, and fun read. Andrew makes hockey history come alive. He connects the dots.” — Damien Cox, author and broadcaster