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Volume VII Number 1 . . . . September 8, 2000
Chasing the Dream: A Player's Guide.
Burnstown, ON: General Store Publishing House, 1999.
217 pp., pbk., $19.95.
Grades 9 and up / Ages 14 and up.
Review by Betsy Fraser.
Chasing the Dream is intended for a fairly specific audience and is meant to inform, enlighten
and guide young hockey players who are interested in playing professionally. It also provides
realistic information about all aspects of the game for those young men and their parents. The
book outlines all possible career paths for young hockey players, who are now being approached
at 13 or 14 years of age by scouts and agents. The book's main focus book is Major Junior
hockey and the three divisions (Western, Ontario and Quebec) which together make up the
Canadian Hockey League, or the CHL.
All sections of the book, dealing with everything from agents to training camps to educational
packages offered by the various parts of the CHL, are highlighted by interviews with real players,
coaches and trainers. These parts give the book a welcoming feel of authenticity and will no doubt
encourage young players. Utilizing a sensible and realistic approach, the book's expository parts
present the possibilities for a Major Junior hockey player. The book covers injuries, surfeits of
players, riding the bench, problems with billeting and other frustrations. The first part of the book
deals with all the questions that arise on the way to becoming a member of a CHL team. The
second part deals with staying on a team and what happens after Major Junior. The book finishes
with summaries of all CHL teams.
This book would be a welcome addition to any library that deals with serious young athletes and
their parents. The players' stories, which are presented in a straightforward, non-condescending
way, impart a great deal of factual information that will help players' families in making
decisions that will undoubtedly affect their futures. Non-players of the game who are interested in
the CHL will find an abundance of information in this handy volume.
Betsy Fraser is a librarian with Calgary Public Library.
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