The Next Ones by Michael Traikos (79)

I picked up this book on the new book section of my local library.  I have always been fascinated about who will be the next great hockey players. My husband is a hockey buff. So, now I can talk to him about these possible greats coming up the hockey pipe-line, so to speak.

The NHL is a young man’s league right now. Connor McDavid, a possible GREAT in the future, was twenty years old when he won the scoring title and MVP in 2017.

Auston Matthews was still a nineteen-year-old rookie when he tied for second in the Rocket Richard Trophy Racy with forth goals!  By the end of the NHL’s hundredth season, eight of the top thirty scorers–including four of the top ten–were twenty-three years old or younger.

Who are these fresh players, you ask?  Well, this new generation of hockey superstars grew up differently than their predecessors and they weren’t all skating on frozen ponds like Bobby Orr.

Connor McDavid strapped on roller blades and decked around paint cans in his parents two-car garage.

Auston Matthews learned to play hockey on a tiny three-on-three rink in the desert.

Patrik Laine shot pucks at pop cans, William Nylander’s Dad’s NHL buddies dropped him off at tryouts, and Johnny Gaudreau chased Skittles candies around the ice.

As you can see each person’s story is very different. What the players share are passion and perseverance–almost to the point of obsession. I just can’t believe how dedicated you would have to be to become great as these men did!

Michasel Traikos travelled around the world from Helsinki to Thunder Bay interviewing rising NHL stars and their families, teammates, coaches, scouts, and friends. The result is a first-hand look at how each young star became the player he is today–and what he might become in the future.

I loved this informative read, and will be passing it on to my husband who hasn’t seen this book yet….


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