Regina writer releases book on Sask. hockey

One of Regina's most respected sports journalists has released a new book, one that celebrates Saskatchewan hockey stories.

Fire on Ice: Why Saskatchewan Rules the NHL by Darrell Davis

One of Regina's most respected sports journalists has released a new book, one that celebrates Saskatchewan hockey stories.

The book, called Fire on Ice: Why Saskatchewan Rules the NHL, is the latest publication by writer Darrell Davis. 

Prominent Saskatchewan hockey players in the NHL

Jordan Eberle, Edmonton Oilers

Patrick Marleau, San Jose Sharks

Brenden Morrow, St. Louis Blues

Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks

Scott Hartnell, Philadelphia Flyers

Chris Kunitz, Pittsburgh Penguins

Jarret Stoll, Los Angeles Kings

Brooks Laich, Washington Capitals

Tyler Bozak, Toronto Maple Leafs

Travis Moen, Montreal Canadiens

Luke Schenn, Philadelphia Flyers

Brayden Schenn, Philadelphia Flyers

Jaden Schwartz, St. Louis Blues

Cam Ward, Carolina Hurricanes

Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals

Josh Harding, Minnesota Wild

It's no shocker that Davis has written a book about Saskatchewan hockey stars. His dad, Lorne Davis, won a Stanley Cup with the Montreal Canadiens, and was a scout with the St. Louis Blues and the Edmonton Oilers.

"A publisher from Nova Scotia suggested I write a book about it, so I took him up on his offer," Davis said. "So voila, here it is two years later." 

Saskatchewan spawns hockey stars

In his book, Davis looks at why Saskatchewan produces more NHL players per capita than any other place in the world.

"I think it has a lot to do with the work ethic and the community support," Davis said.

His book is a collection of stories about players from the province, including NHL great Tiger Williams.

Williams said Saskatchewan players are successful because they never forget where they come from, or the people who have helped along the way.

"They're lucky enough to make it to the National Hockey League and they remember those people and they play every shift thinking about those people," Williams said. "That's the difference between the Saskatchewan boys and the rest of the country."

"They've got the love for the game in them right away," Davis said. "But they see all that support and they feel like they are reciprocating all the time"

Fire on Ice: Why Saskatchewan Rules the NHL is now available in bookstores.

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