Join us in the store on Friday, April 6th between 10am and noon to meet author Bruce Haas! He'll be signing copies of his new book, Great Game! D1 College Hockey: People, Places, Perspectives. Stop by on your way to or from the Frozen Four at Xcel!
About the book:
Players explode onto the ice, legs pumping fast from the rush of adrenaline. The student section, awash in school colors, is screaming as one while the band blares out the fight song. Fans young and old are on their feet clapping to the music, while the PA announcer strains to get in a few last words before the game starts. Emotions run high. The earsplitting noise reverberates back down from the ceiling, making the crowd of three thousand seem like fifty thousand. The referee glides slowly in to drop the puck, and as it hits the ice, bodies ram together, sticks clash, and players, coaches, and fans become one in the spectacle that is college hockey. Scenes like this occur on campuses all over the country from October to March as the game provides one of the most unique and enjoyable experiences in all of sport.
ruce Haas has captured the passion men’s Division 1 college hockey incites through interviews with former players, coaches, officials, and fans. He presents their perspectives on everything from team camaraderie and leadership to how officials approach calling a game. Coaches talk about their role in developing young men, former players discuss what it’s like to win the NCAA tournament, and fans provide stories and insights on why they love the game so much. Great Game! gives readers a variety of perspectives in a way few sports books have done before.
About the author:
Bruce Haas grew up in the Boston area. He has been a hockey player and fan since the late 1950s. His passion for college hockey started as a player for Colby College and has grown over the years. He follows Hockey East closely and annually attends the Beanpot and the Frozen Four tournaments, finding time to travel around the Northeast to enjoy other college games. It was meeting and talking with Frozen Four fans that got him interested in writing this book.
Bruce has been a youth hockey coach for more than forty years and enjoys teaching all ages, most recently in Learn to Play programs for girls and hockey moms. After a career in banking, he spent six years working in the nonprofit sector until retiring in 2015. He lives in Hingham, Massachusetts, with his wife, Lin. They enjoy traveling, kayaking, and getting together with their adult daughters