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In Detroit, and probably in other big hockey towns, it feels sacrilegious to weed something with Gordie Howe on the cover. (For non-hockey people, please refer to this Wikipedia link for a brief bio on Mr. Hockey.)

This book is hockey instruction rather than a biography. For safety equipment alone, this book is weed-worthy. The pros didn’t wear helmets back then and the NHL didn’t require them until the late 1970s. Of course there are no mentions of girls playing either. Let’s just say it is a product of the times.

This is one of those times where we could make a great case for keeping an old book like this for a modern audience. Gordie Howe fans would appreciate this book, and I could see even a place in a public library for an item like this that holds great sentimental value to a community. It does have to leave the juvenile nonfiction collection for more current materials geared to that audience. The rest of us can enjoy this as a relic from a time when the NHL was just the original six and guys didn’t wear helmets.




pads and helmets


Howe, Abel, Lindsay

falling into the boards



  1. Former hockey player now librarian here! Go Bruins!

    Yeah that is a total weed. I doubt anyone would touch that book with its filthy cover. That cover is gross. It looks like it lived in the bottom of a locker for the last few years 🙂

  2. Librarian and Maple Leafs fan here. I love the helmet instructions! Made me chuckle. I once weeded a fantastic book from my library collection called Exercise for Women and Girls (from the 1950s). It was glorious but totally useless to my students. Needless to say, it went from work to home and sits happily in my own book collection now. I fear that hockey book would suffer the same fate if I’d come across it! hehe

  3. As a Detroiter, I am ashamed – ASHAMED! – that the borderline holy face of Mr. Hockey has been defaced in any manner. If this were in my library, it would go home now and rest gently in an acid-free box next to the cards of my favorite hockey player of all time, The Professor, Igor Larionov.

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