Ken Reid talks to players who had one game, and Get to know the men who fulfilled their childhood dream From the beer league to the minor league, hockey players from coast to coast often say they’d give anything to play just one game in the NHL. This book vacillates between heartbreak and glory, dreams ending and coming true. Interviews with hockey players who have only played in one game, no more no less. Great insights and heartwarming stories from these pros!
One Night Only brings you the stories of 39 men who lived the dream — only to see it fade away almost as quickly as it arrived. Some made it all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals and skated with Gretzky. As many of them say while re-telling their tales of infamy, they may have only gotten one night in the show, but they still got one more night then any of us have!
I will say that if the book has one notable flaw, it is that there is some archetypal repetition (the young guy who got in a game early and never made it back despite playing many more years, the player whose career was cut short by injury, etc.) by the time you reach the conclusion. None of the players interviewed here seem to view their one game in the NHL as the apex of their career, or as a defining moment, but rather part of a longer journey.
There are a few who have regrets, about a move not made or a quirk of fate, but for the most part, that game is just one step on their journey through life.
As a hockey fan dating back to the '80s, I remember a decent number of these players, whether prospects who never panned out or those who became noteworthy for other contributions to the game.
While hardly a heavy read, I found the book hard to put down.
That is to be expected, given the many generations and many personalities that this book touched upon.
Through their own words, it could be either a story of joy or one tinged in sadness.
Reid, this book was written with far more gravitas.
And while it was not so serious as to make one grave while reading it, there was a sincerity in how he approached each of the stories shared. Reid also kept his touch in these tales subtle, far more subtle than in Hockey Card Stories.
Get to know the men who fulfilled their childhood dream From the beer league to the minor league, hockey players from coast to coast often say they’d give anything to play just one game in the NHL. Some made it all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals and skated with Gretzky. Many try to get to the NHL, and these are those that indeed made it.
One Night Only brings you the stories of 39 men who lived the dream — only to see it fade away almost as quickly as it arrived. You keep rooting for these guy One man's floor is another's ceiling. Their floor is our ceiling, and there is a tremendous amount of glory in that. So much to learn about the gentlemen who had their one night under the lights in an NHL arena for one night, and only one night!