The Best Seat in the House by Jamie McLennan
Stories from the NHL--Inside the Room, on the Iceand on the Bench

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A back-up, journeyman goaltender tells some stories about his hockey life. It's quick reading and has some laughs, although it's not too well organized. The book is for a good cause and relatively harmless, so fans might want to zip through it.
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A back-up goalie's hilarious behind-the-mask look at life in the NHL

Jamie McLennan spent twenty years playing professional hockey. Sort of. As the backup for such legendary goalies as Grant Fuhr, Ron Hextall, Roberto Luongo, and Miikka Kiprusoff, he saw everything—except much playing time. In The Best Seat in the House, McLennan looks back on his unique career, from breaking into the NHL, to working with the legends, to life on the road and in the league, offering readers an unprecedented glimpse into life inside the locker room.

Filled with tales of camaraderie and crazy antics, the book covers 20 years on and off the ice—including McLennan's disastrous meeting with Gene Simmons, accidentally calling Lady Gaga a troll to her face, charging an opposing team's mascot on the orders of legendary coach Billy Smith, and even how he hid a hotdog in his gear for an in-game snack.

A collection of hilarious, strange, and sometimes unbelievable stories about hockey, the NHL, and celebrity from throughout the career of NHL backup goalie Jamie McLennanA deeply personal account of life on and off the ice, packed with hilarious personal anecdotesCo-written with Sportsnet's Ian Mendes

The Best Seat in the House is an irreverent look at the life of a professional hockey player, on the ice, on the bench, and in the dressing room, that is sure to delight hockey fans everywhere.

 

About Jamie McLennan

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Jamie McLennan—known to many as "Noodles"—is an Edmonton-born former NHL goaltender. Jamie spent 17 years playing professional hockey, 11 of those in the NHL, playing in 245 games and dressing for over 550 games with the New York Islanders, St. Louis Blues, Minnesota Wild, Florida Panthers and Calgary Flames organizations. Later in his career, he had a short stint in Russia and Asia before retiring and working for the Flames again as part of their coaching and player development staff. Jamie is currently an analyst for TSN and the NHL Network and sometimes writes a column in The Hockey News.Ian Mendes has spent more than a decade as a television reporter for Sportsnet, covering the NHL and other major sporting events for the network. A graduate of Carleton University's journalism program, he is also a regular contributor to the Ottawa Citizen and Today's Parent.
 
Published September 17, 2012 by Wiley. 256 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Budd Bailey on Jan 12 2016

A back-up, journeyman goaltender tells some stories about his hockey life. It's quick reading and has some laughs, although it's not too well organized. The book is for a good cause and relatively harmless, so fans might want to zip through it.

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