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As the editor of Backhand Shelf, I receive a good number of hockey books to review. I try to get to them all, and most certainly, I try to share the good ones I come across. Today I returned back from Thanksgiving to find Liam Maguire’s “Next Goal Wins! – The ultimate NHL historian’s one-of-a-kind collection of hockey trivia” on my desk, and man, is it a beauty. I got lost in it for hours.

Chapters include “Defunct team trivia,” “Stanley Cup ancecdotes,” “Firsts and lasts,” “Best of the best” and a handful of others. The following five questions (and answers) are from his 50-part section “My top questions” at the end of the book.

You can buy the book for under $20 here if you’re into the history of hockey. It’s a pretty cool read. You can also check out his website here, and follow him on Twitter here.


Before you read the questions, feel free to see if you can answer any on your own. These are all excerpts directly from the book, and were largely new to me. Be warned: I chose a few Gretzky-centric ones.

How many goaltenders did Wayne Gretzky score against in his NHL career? Read the rest of this entry »

Editor’s note: If you’re not someone who follows Down Goes Brown on Twitter and reads his blog regularly, you’re badly missing out. He contributes to Grantland and National Post, and recently compiled a book called The Best of Down Goes Brown: Greatest Hits and Brand New Classics-to-Be from Hockey’s Most Hilarious Blog, which is chalk full of original content, all of which is predictably fantastic.

DGB was kind enough to pass along one of those original posts for us to check out below. You can purchase his book on Amazon here for under 12 bucks. It’s well worth it.


Host: Hello, everyone, and welcome to tonight’s broadcast of every post-game call-in show ever. I’m your host, the lowest ranking employee of this station. I will now read the phone number too quickly for anyone to write down because I’m hoping against hope that we have no callers tonight. Let’s go to the phones! Read the rest of this entry »