Need a gift for a hockey fan? Or for a Rangers fan?
Here are two to consider:
Bob McKenzie’s book “Hockey Confidential” is, well, just loaded with — what else? — insider stories from hockey’s ultimate insider. Nobody knows the game better than McKenzie. Nobody. “A fascinating look into the lives of people in hockey that only Bob McKenzie can tell,” Scotty Bowman said on the book jacket.
Adam Raider and Russ Cohen have penned a must-read for Rangers fans. “100 Things Rangers Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die” is loaded with 100 stories, plus little sidebars such as the lyrics to the Rangers Victory Song and Rangers IQ quizzes. It includes chapters on the Rangers from the olden days of Lester Patrick and “the curse” through 1994, of course, and the turmoil of Sean Avery’s two stints (from the trade that brought him, to his infamous “Fire this clown!” tweet).
Finally, this is not a hockey book, but it sure has hockey connections … and it is written by a hockey guy. My friend Tom McMillan covered the Pittsburgh Penguins for a long time, and is now an executive with the club.
In 2011, the “Families of Flight 93” contacted the Penguins, on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, to ask if they would honor Somerset County coroner Wally Miller, a Penguins season ticket holder who had handled the heroic/tragic case of the flight that crashed in Pennsylvania on Sept. 11, 2001.
McMillan, a history buff, got to know some of the families and decided to write the definitive story of the heroes aboard that jet that day. It’s powerful.