Book Review: The Metro Prystai Story

It’s a special ability to capture historical moments. Some are able to entrap these times in photographs and film. Others, like Frank Block, are able to tell stories. They use words – description – to recreate something that happened years prior.

Others – like myself – learn to appreciate the stories we are told. We learn and grow from the histories that are encapsulated in these moments that are recreated.

In Block’s book, The Metro Prystai Story, a life and career are relived. While many might not be familiar with Prystai and his 10 years in the NHL, Block’s retelling of his story does exactly what historical works are supposed to do. It teaches his readers about the man that was Dmytro “Metro” Prystai.  Read more of this post

Warriors on the Ice: Hockey’s Toughest Talk

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Brian D’Ambrosio writes about the role of the tough guy and fighting in hockey. (Courtesy of Brian D’Ambrosio)

Fighting in hockey – and the role of the ‘tough guy’ – have been brought into question year after year. This season, even more rules were implemented to help protect players from long-term symptoms accompanying injuries from playing this role in hockey.

In Warriors on the Ice: Hockey’s Toughest Talk, author Brian D’Ambrosio, talks to 30 of the games former tough guys. Each reveal their true feelings about the role they played during their career – their injuries, their best and worst memories, and where they are now career-wise and in terms of mental and physical health.

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Book Review: Between The Pipes by Randi Druzin

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Between the Pipes, a book by Randi Druzin focusing on 12 legendary NHL goalies.

It’s a book that focuses on 12 legendary National Hockey League goalies – their careers on the ice and their lives away from the game. It opens up their lives showing their quirks, their hobbies, and how their life may have affected their hockey life.  Read more of this post

Inside the murder… of many

Helter Skelter

Solving the Tate-LaBianca murders was all about the unnoticed evidence. // Photo by Andrew Forbes

Each page turns with an eerie ripple – one word, one sentence, one quote stands out at me.

Pregnant. Murder. Piggy. Manson.

It is arguably one of the most infamous acts of brutality – of barbarism – ever committed in the United States. Sending chills down the spins of people – even today – the story of the Tate-LaBianca murder is one captured in the pages of Helter Skelter written by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry.  Read more of this post

A Stolen Life (2011)

If you’ve read the book, then you know what story I’m talking about.  If you haven’t then you’ve certainly heard about it on the news in the past.

It’s a story that has been evolving for over two decades.  A tale about a girl who disappeared and returned home after 18 years of captivity.

This is the story of Jaycee Lee Dugard told in her own words. Read more of this post

Somewhere Inside (2010)

In an eye-opening story, Laura and Lisa Ling deliver a heart-wrenching portrayal of a family trying to stay afloat when one of their own is a world away – trapped, scared, held captive in a shadowed country.

It’s a tale that only a select few could ever tell.  That readers may never understand but one that creates a unity between two distinctly different worlds and cultures. Read more of this post

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