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Joe Pelletier - Freelance Hockey Writer

Joe Pelletier is a Hockey Researcher/Freelance Writer based in Terrace, British Columbia. Pelletier specializes in NHL and international hockey history projects. He can be contacted by email at, or on Facebook/GreatestHockeyLegends or on Twitter @HockeyLegends

Here are some highlights of his work:

Four Published Books
  • The World Cup of Hockey (Warwick, 2002) (co-authored with Patrick Houda)
  • The World Cup of Hockey: Second Edition (Warwick, 2004) 
  • The Legends of Team Canada (Warwick, 2004)
  • Pucks On The 'Net (2011) 
Also listed as a contributor to both editions of Total Hockey: The Official Encyclopedia of the NHL.

Three Major Website Projects
  • Greatest Hockey - Leading hockey history website featuring former player biographies, news and features.
  • 1972 Summit - The internet's original website dedicated to the 1972 Summit Series
  • Hockey Book - Reviews of most new releases of hockey related books and other media. Established relationships with most major publishers and authors, working to help promote their projects
Freelance Writing - Since 1998 I have contributed countless articles in both traditional and new media, including:
  • The Hockey News (both in print and online)
  • Hockey Canada
  • USA Hockey
  • Hockey Hall of Fame
  • Sports
  • Classic Auctions
  • Buffalo Sabres
  • Columbus Blue Jackets
  • New York Islanders
  • Calgary Flames
  • Hockey Digest
  • Canadian Hockey Magazine
  • Black Press
  • Society for International Hockey Research
  • Paul Henderson Jersey Tour
  • Maple Street Press
  • Lindy's Sports
  • Magazines/websites in Sweden, Finland, Czech Republic and Slovakia
Freelance projects
  • Research/fact checking consultant with several major book projects from various publishers
  • Research/fact checking consultant for projects by Sports Illustrated, TSN, CBC, CTV, CTV NewsNet and two movies about 1972 Summit Series
Radio Guest
  • Frequent radio/podcasts appearances, including across various CBC stations in BC about the Vancouver Canucks

Here's some testimonials from some of hockey's biggest writing names

"Amongst hockey historians Joe Pelletier takes a back seat to no one. His unparalleled ability to unearth a bountiful of great stories has helped illuminate the continuing story of our country's national obsession - the great sport of hockey. Speaking for his countless followers, I can testify that this book is not only as entertaining as it is informative, but is also as enlightening as it educational. In other words, it is the best of the best of Joe Pelletier - researcher, historian, writer and one of the most unique voices in the world of hockey literature."

Todd Denault – author of Jacques Plante: The Man Who Changed The Face of Hockey and The Greatest Game


"Joe, this is PHENOMENAL! I loved every bit of it. You've got something quite exceptional here. Think you've got a winner. I'll take download #1!"

Kevin Shea - editor of publications for the Hockey Hall of Fame, and author of several hockey books including Barilko: Without A Trace, Over The Boards: The Ron Ellis Story, and Lord Stanley: The Man Behind The Cup.


"Joe, just finished the eBook - outstanding. You have a great handle on how to weave stories and make them interesting. Take a bow, bud!"

Jeff Marek, host of Roger's SportsNet's HockeyCentral



Hey Joe, just wanted to say I dig the site and your commitment to and love for hockey.
jack said…

I have thoroughly enjoyed viewing your site for the past several hours specifically the Boston Bruins. There is, however,an oversight by not including one of the greatest Bruins player of the 1950's, Bronco Horvath.If you have the time to research and add his biography to the mix it would be most appreciated.

Keep up the great work.
Sincerely,an old time Bruins fan,
Jack Flannery
zymoetz said…
Hi Joe.

I think your site is amazing! I am so proud it's based here in Terrace also. Very professional and informative too! It would nice to see a picture of the mystery operator of these sites too, if it isn't being too persuasive. You deserve it, haha...take a bow! Great job, keep up the awesome work!

Wolfleadr said…

This is a marvelous website, and keep up the great work. Perhaps I just haven't looked around enough yet, but is there a place where I can submit hockey players for your consideration?

Sam Magee said…
Hey Joe,

Growing up my dad told us we were related to Buddy O'connor.I guess I'm looking for more information. My grandfather was Henry(Harry) Thomas Magee and I'm told they were first cousins. I'm wondering if you have any further info on his familly.

Thanks :)
Anonymous said…
Hey, great site. Do you know where I can get a copy of Wayne Frye's, How Hockey Saved A Jew from the Holocaust: The Rudi Ball Story? Found it in the Amazon Kindle Store, but want a hard copy.
Juris said…

Ralf Adamowski was captured by the Germans in 1939 and imprisoned in an "officer's camp" (OFLAG) IN POLAND, not Germany.

I knew Tad much later in his life (from late 1960's) as a family friend.
Anonymous said…
Thank you for your post about Gordie Drillon. He was my Great-Uncle. My. Grandmother, Violet Drillon, atteneded the ceremony honoring him into the Canadian Hockey Hall of fame in his place. Funny how I never knew he lived a colorful life off the ice!

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