Terry Sawchuk verses earn win for N.L. poet

A Newfoundland and Labrador poet has won a $25,000 prize for his book based on the tumultuous life of NHL goaltender Terry Sawchuk.

A Newfoundland and Labrador poet has won a $25,000 prize for his book based on the tumultuous life of NHL goaltender Terry Sawchuk.

Randall Maggs took home the Kobzar Literary Award for Night Work: The Sawchuk Poems.

His poems delve into Sawchuk's personal and public lives. Sawchuk, born in Winnipeg, battled depression during the 21 years he played professional hockey, beginning in 1949.

Sawchuk died at 40 of internal injures he suffered in a fight with a hockey player he shared a rented house with.

Maggs, who is the artistic director of Newfoundland's March Hare Festival and a professor of literature at Memorial University of Newfoundland, in Corner Brook, also won the 2008 Winterset Award and the 2009 E.J. Pratt Poetry Prize for his Sawchuk poems.

He accepted the 2010 Kobzar Award at a gala ceremony attended by over 270 guests at the Palais Royale ballroom in Toronto on March 4.