The book on Christmas hockey reads

The Brad Park Story, by Thom Sears and Brad Park.

The Brad Park Story, by Thom Sears and Brad Park.

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:36 AM ET

TORONTO - Lance Hornby is not reviewing Magic Of The 2012-13 Lockout on this year’s Sun Media Christmas hockey book list. Not when authors Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr have been on Santa’s naughty list. But in this dark NHL season, a talented lineup of writers have been working like elves to fill the void. This has to be the largest batch of hockey books Hornby can remember in one Yuletide:

HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA: 60 SEASONS

Michael McKinley

Penguin, 318 pages, $39.00

Conveys everything that makes Saturday special, with plenty of classic photos and great bio and sidebars on Gallivan to Grapes. You can almost hear the old HNIC theme as you turn the pages.

THE BEST SEAT IN THE HOUSE

Jamie McLennan and Ian Mendes

Wiley, 238 pages, $24.95

McLennan has a different spin on things, well, because he’s a goalie, but who also survived a brush with death from meningitis at the peak of his career.


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