Updated: Sep 7, 2020
Memoir of a Hockey Nobody is the unlikely true story of an average Canadian kid who grew up playing street hockey. Although he didn't learn how to skate until his late teens, he took a shot at entering the world of professional ice hockey with, shall we say, haphazard results.
This is an "against all odds" tale of one man's journey from Vancouver, to all over Western Canada, California, The Yukon, and Alaska. Seemingly blocked at every turn, from managers who believed that someone who came from such humble beginnings couldn't be any good, to coaches who would rather see big names with bigger reputations. It's a story of tragedy, triumph and determination. A roller coaster ride with hilarious anecdotes of all the characters he met along the way.
This is a tale for those who dare to live their dream!
“Just one final note about my senior hockey career. I’ve never been a big believer in statistics. I like the quote from Bobby Bragan, who was a baseball player in the early 20th century. I’m paraphrasing but I believe he said, “The problem with statistics is, if you have one foot on fire and the other in a bucket of ice, according to the statisticians, you should be perfectly comfortable”. In the 4 seasons that I played for the Rebels, I won the Best Goalie trophy every year. 11 other goalies came and went during that time, some specifically to take my spot. I also won the league trophy for Best Goals Against Average every year. In 35 years of playing competitive hockey, I won a lot of trophies. The danger of winning that many is that you can start to think that you’re better than you are, (I call it “The Red Light Lonnie Syndrome”). I only kept one trophy from all those years and my wife is under strict instructions to show it to me if my head starts to get too big. I assumed that when the league bought the trophy that year, they sent it out to be engraved in a shop that didn’t employ sports fans. When I won the Best Goals Against award and it was presented to me, I read the inscription and it read:
“Best Average Goalie” “Jerry Hack”
How apt is that?”
SHARE YOUR 9 FAVOURITE BOOKS OF ALL TIME
The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William Shirer.
I am a history buff with a special interest in World War 2. I have read this book 4 times. It is filled with all sorts of fascinating stories and footnotes. I plan on reading it again.
The Stand by Stephen King.
I have also read this book 4 times. It was one of those books where the characters just come to life, and you care about what happens to them. To me, it is as close to the perfect story as you can come.
The Winds of War by Herman Wouk.
As I stated earlier, I am a history buff so historical novels really appeal to me. This novel covers events leading up to the start of World War 2 in Europe and has great characters and plotlines that coincide with history.
War and Remembrance by Herman Wouk.
Same as above except that this sequel to The Winds of War covers from the start of World War 2 to the end of the war. Has many of the same characters as well as a few new ones.
Blown for Good by Marc Headley.
Non-fiction book by someone who was a member of the Church of Scientology and their Sea Organization. If anyone wants to read about how evil a church can be, they need to read this book.
Dolan’s Cadillac by Stephen King.
Not a book, but a novella in the compilation of short stories entitled Nightmares and Dreamscapes. I love revenge stories. Have always fantasized about getting revenge on my perceived enemies. This tale is the best revenge story I have ever come across.
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie.
A master of the murder mystery. Ms. Christie really knows how to set a tone. I already knew the ending from seeing the movie before reading the book, yet I still found myself wondering about the outcome.
11/22/63 by Stephen King.
I know I’m heavy on the master of horror, but I’ve read more of his books than any other author. This novel delves into what would happen if you could go back in time and change history. It’s frightening to think how the world would be so different if one event didn’t happen.
I’m not sure of the title but I believe it was called American Gothic and I can’t remember the author’s name.
I’m putting this one on the list because it’s like one of those movies that are so bad, they’re good. I read it when I was in high school. It was a murder mystery about a Hollywood producer who was accused of killing his wife. After being charged with the crime he sets out to find the “real killer”. It was a little goofy but not a bad story. The real crime was the ending, and I’m going to spoil it for you. At the very end, the producer remembers that he forgot that he did kill his wife. Ugh. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so hard.
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I was born and raised in Burnaby, British Columbia. My sisters and I were raised by hard-working blue collar parents. We were and are a tight knit family. I grew up loving sports but hockey most of all. In fact, it was my passion. I read about it, watched it and played it. I was an average student and a good athlete. I could play most sports without looking out of place. But I was born to be a goalie. I graduated from high school in 1979 and a year later began my journey playing ice hockey. 40 years later, I am happily married with a 12 year old daughter and loving life more than ever.