Review of Doug Gilmour’s Killer

Review of Doug Gilmour’s Killer
As a little kid, first bitten by the hockey bug, I had a pet rabbit. I named it after my favourite player, Doug Gilmour. When the opportunity to give his memoir, Killer, a review, I jumped at it. I’ve been waiting for Dougie to put out a hockey book for some time, and the result (with an assist from Dan Robson) did not disappoint. As far as hockey books go, this one’s a fun, insightful read. Sure, it might not be in the same league as Ken Dryden’s The Game, but few (if any) hockey memoirs are. Gilmour made a stop in Winnipeg a few weeks after the book was released, to sign copies at...
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The Herald turns 100

The Herald turns 100
This year The Herald, the community newspaper I write for, celebrated its 100th anniversary. Over the course of the year, I poked my head into the archives to explore what stories the paper was reporting on over the decades. In the process, I put together a little history of the paper, and was lucky enough to track down Beverly Berzuk, who was practically raised in the McLean Printers shop. This week, The Herald ran its 100th anniversary edition, which included the feature and some other supplementary historical information and images. Pretty cool? I also had the opportunity to pen a little column....
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Take me out to the ball game

Take me out to the ball game
As a kid, I was a big baseball fan. Little League ball was as far as I ever went as a mediocre player (at best), but as a pre-teen, I loved the game. In the years since Little League, I’ve spent a lot of time away from baseball. Slowly but surely, though, I’ve found my way back, with a little help from W. P. Kinsella, Paul Quarrington and pick-up ball down at McKittrick Park. Recently, I’ve gotten a chance to review some new baseball books for the Free Press, and cover some junior ball for The Herald, too. Appropriately enough, Tim (Rock) Raines’ autobiography, Rock Solid, lead...
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High school hockey season wraps up

High school hockey season wraps up
It was a wild ride while it lasted, folks. But all good things must come to an end, eh? The 2016-17 high school hockey season came to a close here this past week in beautiful Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. While I jumped into the swing of things a couple weeks late, it was fun touching base with each of the northeastern school teams over the course of the season. It’s pretty cool how many kids and coaches give so much of their time to the sport, while still keeping the game fun and enjoyable and playing at a fairly competitive level. I’m already looking forward to covering the season again...
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Two recent book reviews – Winnipeg Free Press

Two recent book reviews – Winnipeg Free Press
I’m a little late posting these links here, but over the winter so far I’ve had a couple opportunities to review books related to the hockey world for the Free Press. The first, back in December, was the new memoir from legendary broadcaster Bob Cole, the voice of hockey for a generation or more. The second, more recently, was recently retired tough-guy-turned-All-Star-MVP John Scott‘s look back on his career. Both worth a look if you’re into that sorta thing, though I wouldn’t say that either are...
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Back on the high school hockey beat

Back on the high school hockey beat
Been enjoying catching up on the high school hockey scene over here in northeast Winnipeg since I got back on the beat in November. It’s always interesting talking with coaches and the kids playing at this level. They’re serious about hockey, but still playing it for the love of the game rather than a drive to make it to the Big Show. The players and coaches talk honestly about what they’re doing right, and where they can improve. All these kids are balancing their school, hockey, and regular life schedules and all seem genuinely excited about lacing up for each game. I’m...
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