So, the good folks over at Kobo, the electronic reader are doing some good this holiday season, with us, the hockey fans in mind. They are auctioning off one of the tres cool devices pre-loaded with excellent hockey holiday reading and signed by the authors. Better yet, all the proceeds are going to a charity near and dear to all of our hearts:
“This Onyx Kobo WiFi eReader comes preloaded with four of the season’s newest hockey eBooks from five Wiley authors. The decorative Kobo packaging has been signed by Damien Cox, Gare Joyce, Bob McKenzie, James Duthie and Jonathon Jackson.
“The Preloaded eBooks are:
The Day I (Almost) Killed Two Gretzkys?: And Other Off-The-Wall Stories About Sports…And Life
By James Duthie
One of the most talented stars in sports broadcasting today, James Duthie is the host of TSN’s extensive NHL coverage, including the award-winning NHL on TSN. Recognized across the country for his outstanding work, Duthie’s entertaining and sharp-witted style has made him a fan favourite.
Hockey Dad: True Confessions Of A (Crazy) Hockey Parent
By Bob McKenzie
Known as TSN’s “Hockey Insider,” Canada’s Bob McKenzie is synonymous with the sport and one of its most respected analysts. In Hockey Dad, McKenzie describes firsthand the joys and heartbreak of raising two sons, with entirely diverging athletic futures. He details their separate paths, describing Michael, a 22-year-old playing NCAA hockey on scholarship, and Shawn, now 19, whose competitive minor hockey life was cut short at age 14 because of multiple concussions. Their deeply personal stories, and the trials and tribulations of a father creating futures for them, offer readers a compelling look into the world and culture of minor hockey.
The Making Of Slap Shot: Behind The Scenes Of The Greatest Hockey Movie Ever Made
By Jonathon Jackson
In The Making of Slap Shot, veteran sports writer Jonathon Jackson lets fans relive how the film was made, and brings to light surprising facts; for instance, Al Pacino was a willing first choice for the role of Reggie Dunlop; and almost every scene—even the absurd and unbelievable ones—depicts a real-life event. Based on interviews with more than 50 cast members, production staff, and anyone of note involved in the film’s creation, The Making of Slap Shot brings to life the magic behind the creation of memorable scenes and characters, especially the beloved Hanson brothers and player-coach Reggie Dunlop.
The Ovechkin Project: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Hockey’s Most Dangerous Player
By Damien Cox and Gare Joyce
Damien Cox, Toronto Star hockey columnist, loves to stir up trouble while chuckling at the foibles of the sporting world. He’ll start with the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs, an organization he’s been snooping around for almost two decades, but is happy to stick his nose into a few other games and places where athletes reside.
Gare Joyce is a writer on the masthead of ESPN The Magazine. He is also a regular contributor to Christian Science Monitor, Canadian Geographic, Maclean’s, and The Walrus. Joyce has won three National Magazine Awards and is the author of three previous books, Sidney Crosby: Taking the Game by Storm, The Only Ticket Off the Island: Baseball in the Dominican Republic and When the Lights Went Out.”
Here’s the best part:
“100% of the proceeds from this auction will be donated to Prostate Cancer (www.prostatecancer.ca.) in Memory of Pat Burns.”
Now, you can bid on this excellent item here. It would make a truly great holiday gift to the hockey lover in your life and all for a great cause.
At the same time, the fine folks have given yours truly a reader to give away! Here’s all you need to do for a chance to win. Help me pick the 2010 Toronto Sports Media Mainstream Media Member of The Year. Submit your entry in comment form, the winner goes to the best written, most creative comment. The deadline will be 5pm next Tuesday so I can get you the Kobo device in time for the holidays.
Enter and bid away!