If you're reading my website there is a very likely chance you like hockey history and hockey books. So with that in mind, here are five hockey websites you need to know about.
1. Forever 1940 - Given their disastrous season, you're probably not looking for a New York Islanders blog here in the playoff stretch drive. But Eric Hornick's blog Forever 1940 is one of the most unique blogs you will ever see. Why? Hornick is the Islanders home statistician. His Stat Tricks are fascinating reads.
2. Hockey In Print - You know I have a thing for hockey books. So I don't know how I did not know about the online project Hockey In Print. HIP is a work in progress, but they are trying to create the definitive hockey bibliography resource anywhere.
Looking for a book on the Minnesota North Stars? Or the name of that Douglas Hunter gem you just can't remember? Over time you will find it here. Magazine and journal articles are also part of the database.
Curiously, they do not offer readers the easiest opportunity to acquire any of the titles. They list some general resources where to find the books, but no one-click options where available.
3. AndrewPodnieks.com - Speaking of books, there is no more prolific (or thorough) hockey author than Andrew Podnieks nowadays. He's got some interesting stuff besides the expected book promotions, including a tribute to women's hockey players and some unique photos.
4. Lost Hockey - James Milks looks back to a now-foreign era of hockey, the 1920s and 1930s, at his website, Lost Hockey. He has profiles on players you likely have never heard of, a large obituary collection that covers many decades, and an eclectic collection of interesting articles.
There is some amazing photography on this well designed site, too
5. Hockey Players On The Railway - The first NHL road trip by air was in 1935, it did not become common practice until the mid 1960s. Back in the Original Six days the preferred mode of travel was train.
Canada's history is heavily intertwined with both hockey and the railroad. With that in mind, Hockey Players On The Railway looks back to a more innocent and hard-working time of life and people in railroad towns, and the game on ice that they were so passionate about.