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All Kirstie McLellan Day

from Shelley Youngblut of the Globe and Mail,

Back in the days of the Original Six, when an NHL star wanted his story told, he’d turn to Stan Fischler, the crusty New York sportswriter with more than 90 books to his credit. Today, however, it’s a Calgary mother of five who’s the top draft pick for co-writing hockey tell-alls.

How did you become the go-to gal for hockey autobiographies?

I don’t think of myself as a hockey writer. I write people stories, set in the world of hockey. It’s a world that has not traditionally been open to women, and peeking behind the curtains is a real thrill.

The perception that the NHL gives out is that we’re dealing with a bunch of professional athletes who are young gentlemen, choirboys. And it’s true – they are exceptional athletes. But the NHL is not full of choirboys. These are guys who live on the edge. They’ve got money, they’re got fame, they’ve got exceptional ability and they live as hard as they play on the ice. Which is not to say they don’t have strong beliefs or weren’t faithful to their families, but the boys on the bus had a hell of a good time. And that’s a time I love to hear about.

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