In my wonderful experience of following hockey (and my second favorite team, the Vancouver Canucks), I've had the priviledge to collaborate with author Lisa Ovens on several projects. This die-hard Canucks fan has travelled from her home in Vancouver across North America to research the game she so loves, with a special focus on the booming demographic that is the female NHL fan.
Her new book, For the Love of Empty Net Goals, debuts right in time for the holidays and makes a perfect gift for the female hockey fan on your list. Lisa documents her passion for the puck and the adventures that ensue with a refreshing wit and from a fresh female perspective. One of the coolest features of her latest book is a special supplement dedicated to women in hockey - which includes a timeline listing fun facts from women in the hockey media and blogosphere (including Yours Truly along with my pal DC Sports Chick from On Frozen Blog); the league's marketing efforts towards the female fan, the launch of the very first NHL female fan club (the Washington Capitals' Club Scarlet) and much more!
One of my favorite passages from the book sums up my view of the game just perfectly and comes from the authors' beloved late mom:
Lisa's Mom: As we get older, the numbers and stats are easier to forget. It's the feeling of joy from the game that lasts a lifetime. And I just love that.'
Stop on over to the Hockey & High Heels Web site to read an excerpt and order your copy just in time for the holidays!