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Our Library at The Hockey Museum is without question the largest hockey library in the world, with over 1000 titles. Our earliest book is dated 1810 but the vast majority of the collection dates from 1900 to the present day. We are still discovering previously published titles from around the world and there are also new publications appearing. Our library wishes to obtain copies of any books about hockey and also books on people who have played our great game. If you know of any books or pamphlets that include a reference to hockey please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Book Reviews: An Introduction

Our Library at The Hockey Museum is without question the largest hockey library in the world, with over 1000 titles. Our earliest book is dated 1810 but the vast majority of the collection dates from 1900 to the present day. We are still discovering previously published titles from around the...

Book Review 7: "The Great Britain Hockey Story" by Bill Colwill

Book Review 7: "The Great Britain Hockey Story" by Bill Colwill

As hockey fans, seldom do we gain access to a compendium of our national team’s fortunes covering half a century. This book, cleverly crafted by one of hockey’s most respected and enduring journalists, Bill Colwill, offers the reader a tremendous insight into the history of the Great Britain men and...

Book Review 6: "On The Origin Of Hockey" by Carl Gidén, Patrick Houda and Jean-Patrice Martel

Book Review 6: "On The Origin Of Hockey" by Carl Gidén, Patrick Houda and Jean-Patrice Martel

This work by three members of The Society for International Research reflects years of patient study into the great game we generically refer to as hockey. Academic it certainly is, but do not let that phase you at all, because On The Origin Of Hockey possesses a multitude of gems...

Book Review 5: "From Tears To Cheers" by Phil Thomas

Book Review 5: "From Tears To Cheers" by Phil Thomas

Published by lulu.com, 2012. A British female hockey player's journey to compete in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, and the London 2012 Olympic Games … The dilemma of writing what is essentially a biography about one's own daughter is how to present the book successfully in more than just a...

Book Review 4: "1309 Days Later" by John Pennington

Book Review 4: "1309 Days Later" by John Pennington

Published by Amazon, 2012.   John Pennington's account of the plight of a never ending losing team may resonate with small sports and hockey clubs up and down the land, its rendition of a three year period when Grantham, a backwater hockey club in the east of England, experienced three...

Book Review 3: "Ernest Bracebridge" or "Schoolboy Day" by WHG Kingston

Book Review 3: "Ernest Bracebridge" or "Schoolboy Day" by WHG Kingston

Published by Gall & Inglis, 1860.   A surprising number of hockey books are published every year and sometimes it takes The Hockey Museum (THM) a while to become aware of them as hockey is not mentioned in the title. In the case of biographies and autobiographies it can take...

Book Review 2: "The Hockey Dynamic: Examining The Forces That Shaped The Modern Game" by Gavin Featherstone

Book Review 2: "The Hockey Dynamic: Examining The Forces That Shaped The Modern Game" by Gavin Featherstone

The Hockey Dynamic is a thoroughly good read which will appeal to all hockey lovers, but will also be of great interest to general sports fans. Gavin writes in a style where his enthusiasm for hockey shines through honestly and clearly. His years of experience across the world lend authority to...

Book Review 1: "How Have I Cheated Death? A Short And Merry Life With Cystic Fibrosis" by Tim Wotton

Book Review 1: "How Have I Cheated Death? A Short And Merry Life With Cystic Fibrosis" by Tim Wotton

Most people take playing hockey and a long life for granted. For one English hockey player, these things have never been taken for granted but hockey has proved to be his saviour …   Tim Wotton has spent his whole life battling the hereditary illness cystic fibrosis (CF) and recently...

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