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Books are an option during the COVID-19 pandemic (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)

Looking for more ways to satisfy your hockey appetite while the NHL remains paused? Hungry for more New York Rangers?

We all miss the New York Rangers and NHL hockey. The networks are trying to fill the void by serving replays of classic (and not so classic) games. Websites like Blue Line Station are revisiting Blueshirts history. But if you desire a broader look at the game, why not grab a book?

There are thousands of books about hockey and dozens about the Rangers. Here are just a few that we recommend devouring until we get hockey back. We’ll start with a book most consider to be best ever written about the game.

The GameKen Dryden

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Revised a few times since its original copyright in 1983, this is the Stanley Cup of hockey books. Dryden, a Cornell University graduate and winner of six NHL championship rings,  provides a compelling look to what it was like playing in hockey-mad Montreal and for tyrannical coach Scotty Bowman.

The book’s most recent edition was published in 2013, and covers the NHL’s growth and his transition from Hall of Fame goaltender to the Canadian Parliament and officer of the Order of Canada. You can order a new or used copy, as well as the audio version here.

Our next must-read is a condensed version of the century-old NHL that will have you reaching for tissues as you read — that’s how much and how hard you’ll be laughing.


The Down Goes Brown History of the NHL – Sean McIndoe

A humorous, informative and sarcastic review of the league. Don’t just take our word. Check out veteran hockey writer Greg Wyshynski’s shout out, as found on the book’s back cover: “This is the book that Sean McIndoe was born to write, if only because the history of the NHL requires heavy doses of skepticism and sarcasm to prevent nausea. …(McIndoe is) like the guy at the pub giving you a master class in hockey history, except he’s funnier and smarter than your drunk (rear) will ever be.” The book is available here in several formats, including audio and Kindle.

Next are two books every New York Rangers fan should read (or read again; they’re just that good).

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