I recently received some great news: My book Hockey Trailblazers has been nominated for the B.C. Young Readers’ Choice 2012-2013 Red Cedar Award! I had a wonderful editor, Diane Kerner (editors always make you look better!) and am very honoured to be nominated amongst some wonderful authors and books.
This book is about five people who became the “first” in hockey:
- Willie O’Ree, who challenged racial barriers as the first black player in the NHL
- George Armstrong, the first aboriginal player to make it big in the NHL (he played 11 seasons as the captain of the Maple Leafs)
- Bobby Clarke, the first player with diabetes to play in the NHL (knowing his reputation as a tough guy, it’s laughable to think he was dismissed as “too fragile” to play in the NHL)
- Manon Rhéaume, the first woman to dress for an NHL team
- Larry Kwong, the first Chinese-Canadian in the league
As I was researching their stories, I couldn’t help but think that all these people are such fantastic examples of why you should NEVER give up on your dream, no matter how many times you’re told you “can’t” do something.
Dream big. Make it happen.