Undrafted: Hockey, Family, and What It Takes To Be a Pro

S. & S. Oct. 2020. 304p. ISBN 9781982146825. $25.99. SPORTS
For Kypreos, the son of Greek immigrants to Canada, playing hockey was not a foregone conclusion, but a reality that he learned he had to fight for to make happen. And fight he did, literally, as he built a solid NHL career as a tough guy or “enforcer” with four different teams, including winning a Stanley Cup with the New York Rangers in 1994. A horrific injury in 1997 ended his playing career and was part of the catalyst for study of violence and concussions in hockey. It also opened a door for Kypreos to become a sports journalist when he was hired as a hockey analyst for the new all-sports network Sportsnet. Applying the same skills of perseverance, teamwork, and not taking anything for granted that he developed as a player, he built a highly respected career as a radio and TV voice for Canadian hockey. Journalist Lefko helps Kypreos tell the lessons he has learned on and off the ice.
VERDICT This is a well-written and highly enjoyable insider look at the professional hockey world that will appeal not only to hockey fans but also to those interested in sports media topics and those who appreciate a really good memoir.
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