Join us on Thursday, May 11th at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM at The Dubliner Cafe in St. Paul to celebrate the paperback release of "Hockey Strong" by Todd Smith! Local author, journalist, and musician Jim Walsh will also read and discuss his books "Bar Yarns and Manic-Depressive Mixtapes" and "Gold Experience." Raise a glass to hockey, music, and books with us!
For the casual enthusiast and hockey fanatic alike comes "Hockey Strong," a collection of essays and photographs celebrating the grit and dedication of National Hockey League players to withstand injury and hardship to play the sport they love. Veteran hockey writer Todd Smith deftly captures the inside stories of superstars old and new, and provides a unique exploration of the long, dangerous, and often arduous journey of an NHL player. Packed with in-depth player interviews, exclusive photographs, and iconic moments, it’s a beautifully designed celebration of one of the toughest sports in the world, and the hearts of the athletes who play it.
About Todd Smith:
Todd Smith is a contributing writer for the Minnesota Wild of the NHL Network. His hockey stories have been published in Minnesota Hockey, USA Hockey, and Let’s Play Hockey. Smith studied very little at the University of Montana before becoming a Twin Cities publishing veteran and his work has appeared in The Rake Magazine, Minnesota Monthly, and Twin Cities METRO Magazine where he penned the wildly popular Spazz Dad print column and blog. Smith played high school hockey in the great state of Minnesota and his playing style was once described as, “surly and terrible.”
About Jim Walsh:
Jim Walsh is a Minneapolis-based writer, journalist, columnist, and songwriter and the author of The Replacements: All Over but the Shouting: An Oral History and, with Dennis Pernu, The Replacements: Waxed-Up Hair and Painted Shoes: The Photographic History. His recent book Bar Yarns and Manic-Depressive Mixtapes: Jim Walsh on Music from Minneapolis to the Outer Limits is published by Minnesota. The former music editor at City Pages and pop music columnist at the St. Paul Pioneer Press, he has published in Rolling Stone, SPIN, Village Voice, LA Weekly, Melody Maker, Billboard, Utne Reader, and has been a recipient of the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University.