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Safety Stars: Players who fought to make the hard-hitting game of professional hockey safer

Safety Stars: Players who fought to make the hard-hitting game of professional hockey safer

by Sue Irwin

Professional hockey is a fast game, and a dangerous one. Skates slice like razors; a hard-shot puck can take out an eye; and the ice surface is as hard as rock, especially when skulls are slammed against it. Innovations in equipment make the game faster and more exciting — and have to be countered by measures that keep it safe for players.

From hockey heroes like Jacques Plante, Mario Lemieux, and Sidney Crosby, to an avid 11-year-old player on a mission, there have been players who have campaigned to make hockey a safer game. They have done this often in the face of denials and opposition from league managers, sports writers, fans, and sometimes other players, too. But they’ve persisted and made the game safer for players of all ages.

This book tells the story of hockey’s safety stars, the opposition they faced, and how they persisted and ultimately succeeded in their campaigns.


Ages: 12 and up
ISBN: 978-1-4594-0846-3
Price: $9.95
Published by: James Lorimer & Company

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