That’s right hockey fans, D-Day is fast approaching. This Sunday is the first home game and 2011-2012 season opener of the new Winnipeg Jets! For someone who has always been a Habs fan, and is also glad for Winnipeg to have their Jets back, this Sunday promises to be a grand day indeed. Thanks to the combined efforts of library staff and local organizations such as Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, the University of Manitoba, and the Western Canadian Pictorial Index (to name but a few), we have an incredible display on the main floor of the Millennium library filled with artifacts and information about hockey history in our province. Take the time to see it next time you drop by!
For those who want to familiarize themselves with the history of the Jets, or just want to read about hockey, there is plenty to choose from at the library.
A new book telling the story of the Jets’ return, Back in the Bigs by Randy Turner, has just been published and is on its way to the library shelves–you can already put your name on the request list. While waiting for the updated history, the most recent book published about the Winnipeg Jets is Scott Taylor’s The Winnipeg Jets: A Celebration of Professional Hockey in Winnipeg. This is a gorgeously laid-out historical retrospective of the team, from its debut in the World Hockey Association with Bobby Hull to its years in the NHL and (now-temporary) departure to Phoenix.
Now, if you are really REALLY into the Jets, feast your eyes on this little rarity from the Local History collection: The Jets are Cookin’, 81-82: family recipes. On the menu: Fergie’s Favorite Casserole, Impossible Cheeseburger Pie, Mayonnaise Cake, and The Dale Hawerchuk Monster Cookies for desert. What better way to celebrate the return of team than to cook a former team members’ old-time favourite, am I right? The team’s 1976 souvenir yearbook is also available for consultation in the Millennium Library’s Local History Room.
I confess that I have never read any hockey fiction besides Roch Carrier’s The Hockey Sweater (still a classic), but there are plenty of titles that deal with hockey for all ages. A recent one is even a mystery novel: The Penalty Killing by Michael McKinley, which tells the story of a former hockey star trying to clear his name while solving a series of murders. While I have not read it yet, the reviews have been positive and the author has also written several other books (both fiction and non-fiction) about hockey and hockey history.
On a different note, new audio interviews have been added to the “Voices of the North End” section of the library website. The Winnipeggers in these interviews recall their memories of living in the North End neighborhood where they grew up and made their lives. Go and check it out!