Great hockey reads: The Best Game You Can Name by Dave Bidini

"Whether I'm in a concert hall or a rink, I've always found the moments before the play easy. I'm at my best with neither a puck nor a set of rules is involved, skating with my hair swept back like Guy Lafleur in flight, spin bent in a Gretzkyian swoop, tongue and mouth agape ala Theo Fleury, eyebrows pointed with a mischief to match Esa Tikkanen's."

Dave Bidini in The Best Game You Can Name

Musician and writer Dave Bidini is best known for being a founding member of the uber-influential indie rock band Rheostatics. But his passion for music may be rivaled by his unbridled love for the game of hockey, a sport he plays regularly and thinks deeply about. Bidini has written several books about hockey, including last year's Keon and Me. But our favourite Bidini hockey book is The Best Game You Can Name, in which our intrepid hockey philosopher intersperses stories about playing in his own rock star-filled rec league with chats with former players, including Pat Hickey and Rick Vaive, about what the game means to them. Bidini coaxes out interesting and often humorous anecdotes about the highs and lows of playing the game for a living -- first goals, worst injuries, best team pranks.

In the clip below, Dave Bidini discusses his life after Rheostatics.

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