My book publishing career was a natural extension from my history articles that I had researched, written, and published for various newspapers, and magazines. The topics that I have covered span a broad range of subjects from sports history, to Georgian Bay history, to sports card collecting and much more.
Journey Through Owen Sound’s Hockey History (2021) is a trip through Owen Sound’s rich hockey heritage. The journey begins in 1888 and continues to 2021. Along the way, significant events such as the creation of the Greys; two Memorial Cup victories; the building of the new arena; the Allan Cup championship; and the Platers/Attack franchise are all detailed.
Journey Through Owen Sound’s Hockey History also celebrates the careers of players who have brought recognition, not only for themselves, but also their hockey hometown. There are more than 50 biographical sketches of these local hockey heroes. They include, but are not limited to, Hockey Hall of Fame legend Harry Lumley, “Butch” Keeling, Ted Graham, Benny Grant, Pat McReavy, Tommy Burlington, Jack Lynch, Dan Snyder, Kirk Maltby, Curtis Sanford, and Jordan Binnington.
For more information about Owen Sound's hockey history, check out my latest hockey book, Journey Through Owen Sound's Hockey History.
Journey the Bruce Peninsula Past & Present (2022) provides the reader with three travel routes from the base of the Bruce Peninsula to Tobermory at the northern tip of the peninsula. As the reader travels along a route they are provided with interesting stories about the history of the locations that they are passing through.
Journey the Bruce Peninsula Past & Present gives readers a glimpse into the history of places such as Driftwood Crossing, Canada's Daytona Beach (also known as Sauble Beach), Wiarton Willie's hometown, Lion's Head, and of course, Tobermory.
These routes take you to secluded places like Isaac Lake as well as locations with eerie names such as "Ghost" Lake.
And there are some wonderful parks along the way such as Black Creek Provincial Park and of course Bruce Peninsula National Park and Fathom Five National Marine Park.
Journey the Bruce Peninsula Past & Present makes a great travel companion as you travel this unique part of Canada's Great Lakes region.
Lionel is also a member of several Halls of Fame in many different sports. He was honoured as Canada’s Athlete of the First Half Century of the twentieth century.
Charlie led the NHL in goal scoring on several occasions and was member of the famous “Kid Line” (with Joe Primeau and “Busher” Jackson) which skated with the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1930s.
Roy Conacher, the third Conacher to be inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame, led the NHL in scoring in his rookie season with the Boston Bruins. After serving in the Second World War, Roy skated with Boston, Detroit and Chicago, where he captured another scoring title.
Other members of Hockey’s Royal Family represented in this book include Roy’s twin brother Bert, who by all accounts would have made the NHL as a star defenseman had it not been for an eye injury which left him blind in one eye.
Lionel’s son Brian, who skated on Toronto’s last Stanley Cup championship team, Charlie’s son Pete who skated with Chicago, New York and Toronto, and their cousin Murray Henderson who toiled on theBoston Bruins blueline are the other featured in Hockey's Royal Family: The Conachers.
A brief history of the Native
Peoples of the area is the focus of the first chapter. Owen Sound: The Port
City then details the growth of the small clearing in the Bruce Peninsula
wilderness to a bustling Great Lakes shipping and fishing port. Topics such as
Owen Sound’s reputation as the “Corkscrew Town”, the smallest community in the
world to host a United States Trade Consulate; and many other interesting
people, events and stories.
Shooting for the Moon: The Bill Beagan Story (2011) details the improbable life of a high school dropout who rose to the very heights of the hockey world.
Sixteen-year-old Bill Beagan left school
and his home in Parry Sound Ontario to join the Canadian Army apprentice
program in the mid-1950s.
By the mid-1960s he had received his high school diploma, served on a Middle East peace-keeping detail, and been stationed in the American Mid-West with the Canadian military contingent of NORAD.
While still in the Armed Forces, Beagan refereed American college hockey. He was noticed by NHL referee scouting and with the expansion of the NHL Bill became an NHL linesman. He worked the lines in the tragic game which saw Bill Masterton become the only player to ever die on the ice in an NHL game.
After a season on the ice with the NHL, Clarence Campbell, the league president recommended Beagan for the position of Commissioner of the IHL. During the next three decades, Bill served as the commissioner of four different hockey leagues and also co-owned a minor league hockey team.
Shooting For The Moon: The Bill Beagan Story is a great book for anyone who wants to learn about the power of positive thinking, and how to create a career in the world of hockey.
My first book publishing effort was entitled The Hockey Scrapbook: Hockey Memories of the Bruce County & Owen Sound Regions. I researched and wrote it for the Bruce County Museum & Archives, who published it in conjunction with a major exhibit, called Hockey Dreams at that heritage facility in 1997.
The Hockey Scrapbook: Hockey Memories of
the Bruce County & Owen Sound Regions has a brief section outlining
interesting moments in Bruce County's hockey history. There are many interesting stories about early women’s hockey, rivalries, and unique events.
The rest of the book contains short biographies of local hockey stars including Hockey Hall of Fame stars “Cyclone” Taylor and legendary goalie, Harry Lumley; the hero of the 1972 Canada – Russia series, Paul Henderson; former Pittsburgh Penguins goaltending star, Les Binkley; former NHL player and now owner of the Owen Sound Attack, Paul MacDermid; and many other NHL and minor league players.
The Hockey Scrapbook is out of print now but can be found on the Amazon website.
Great Centremen: Stars of Hockey’s Golden Age published by Altitude Publishing (2006) features biographical sketches of several Hall of Fame centremen whose career ended in the early 1970s.
Featured centremen in this book include Detroit Red Wing legends Sid Abel, and my favourite hockey player Alex Delvecchio; Montreal Canadiens superstars Henri Richard and hockey’s all-time gentlemen Jean Beliveau. Toronto Maple Leafs are well-represented in this book with stories about “Teeder” Kennedy, Syl Apps, and Max Bentley. Boston Bruins legends Milt Schmidt and “Cooney” Weiland; as well as Frank Boucher and the incomparable “Cyclone” Taylor.
East Coast NHLers:
Formac (2011) provides biographical sketches of several hockey players from Canada’s Maritime Provinces. Among the players featured are Sidney Crosby, Brad Richards, Boston’s super pest Brad Marchand, Alex Faulkner, the first Newfoundlander to play in the NHL; and Hall of Fame defenseman Al McInnis.
One of my favorite chapters details the
life of Willie O’Ree the pioneering legend who broke the NHL's colour barrier and in 2018 became an honoured member of the Hockey
Hall of Fame.