Tales of A First-round Nothing

Tales of A First-round Nothing

My Life as An NHL Footnote

Book - 2014
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Terry Ryan was poised to take the hockey world by storm when he was selected eighth overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1995 NHL draft, their highest draft pick in a decade. Expected to go on to become a hockey star, Ryan played a total of eight NHL games for the Canadiens, scoring no goals and no assists: not exactly the career he, or anyone else, was expecting.

Though Terry's NHL career wasn't long, he experienced a lot and has no shortage of hilarious and fascinating revelations about life in pro hockey on and off the ice. In Tales of a First-Round Nothing , he recounts the time he was dared to drink 24 beers in eight hours, partying with rock stars, and everything in between. Ryan tells it like it is, detailing his rocky relationship with Michel Therrien, head coach of the Canadiens, and explaining what life is like for a man who was unprepared to have his career over so soon.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : ECW Press, 2014.
ISBN: 9781770411395
Branch Call Number: 796.962 RYA
Characteristics: 228 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 23 cm.

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Dec 21, 2014

One of my biggest complaints about hockey books is that they are horribly written. Terry Ryan may not have been a great hockey player, but he is a good writer and has some funny stories to tell. Ryan kept notes and wrote down his stories from playing Junior hockey in the WHL, to being drafted in the first round, playing a few games in the NHL and then ending his career in some lower-tier professional leagues. Most of the stories are about trouble he got into but it profiles a career that he enjoyed and doesn't regret. I recommend this book for a quick light-hearted behind the scenes story of trying to make it to the NHL.

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