Some last-minute Christmas gift suggestions for the NHL fan in your life.
For the bookworm: “The Devil and Bobby Hull” by Gare Joyce. A “warts-and-all” look at the life of Bobby Hull, pro hockey’s first million dollar player, who is now considered the forgotten superstar of the modern game.
Hull’s jumping to the WHA in 1972 led to pro players earning their true worth, but came at the cost of his reputation as a great all-round player, his place in NHL and Chicago Blackhawks history, and his stormy marriage. A must-read about one of the greatest players in NHL history.
Other notable books: “Fighting the Good Fight” by Adam Proteau; “Cornered” by Ron MacLean with Kirstie McLellan Day.
For the video fan: “NHL 24/7 Penguins/Capitals: Road to the NHL Winter Classic.” A fascinating, entertaining look at the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals as they prepare for their eventual clash at the 2012 Winter Classic.
Not only is it an illuminating look at life in the NHL, but is also of historical value, as then-Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau attempts to adjust his club to a more defensive-minded system, perhaps putting himself on the path to his eventual demise with the team, while Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby suffers a career-threatening concussion.
Other notable videos: NHL 2011 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins. Contains the Bruins victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Final, plus their four victories over the Vancouver Canucks which clinches their first Stanley Cup championship in 39 years. All games shown in the entirety from the NBC telecasts.
NHL Top Ten Rivalries: Examines in detail some of the NHL’s greatest rivalries, including the Rangers and Islanders, the Battle of Alberta, The Battle of Quebec, the Battle of Pennsylvania, and more.
For the video gamer: EA Sports NHL 2012. Includes the Legends In NHL 12 feature, which allows gamers to select Hall of Famers like Gretzky, Lemieux, Howe, and Roy, and incorporate them into any team.
For your hockey friend in Winnipeg: For the Jets fan in your life, load up on the new Jets merchandise at NHL.com to commemorate the return of the NHL to Winnipeg.
For the Rangers or Flyers fan: Help them commemorate the upcoming 2012 Winter Classic between the Rangers and Flyers with the custom jerseys for the event, available at NHL.com.