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Prime Minister Harper’s Hockey Book

I have been hearing for a while that Harper’s book on hockey is quite good

The prime minister is a member of the Society for International Hockey Research. He helped the group erect a memorial to James Creighton, one of the fathers of the game, and has invited several historians to 24 Sussex Drive to discuss his book and show off his collection of sweaters and hockey books.

The book was first mentioned publicly in 2005, when a friend told the Globe and Mail it was a hobby Harper became more serious about over time.

In 2006, Harper told CBC that he had hoped to finish it by then, but found it hard to put in the time. He described the research as “an escape from the pressures of the job.”

In 2010, a friend told a hockey researcher that Harper had completed a manuscript, but that he was unhappy with parts of it. He had personally hired (and personally paid) a full-time researcher — Greg Stoicoiu of Calgary. He has made several visits himself to the Hockey Hall of Fame Resource Centre in Toronto to dig through its collection.

In 2011, Harper said the book would be published in 2012 after eight years of working on it for 15 minutes a day.

It sounds like a cool project and until I read Stephen Maher’s article on it, I had no idea that there was a Society for International Hockey Research.  I hope the publishing of the book coincides with a political lull to allow him to hit the sports talk shows.  As good as the book is, I would love to hear the Prime Minister sit down with Bob McCown and the Prime Time Sports team for an hour and talk hockey.

Jim Kelley’s last column

Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Jim Kelley’s last column on Sportsnet, filed just hours before he died of pancreatic cancer.  Here is an archive of his columns.  Kelley has long been one of my favorite hockey columnists and was a mainstay on Prime Time Sports with Bob McCownThe Buffalo News has a nice tribute to the writer and to the man.