1. The Game by Ken Dryden
Originally published in 2005, The Game is often acclaimed as the best hockey book ever written. I read it several years ago and while I can see the appeal in it, I’m not sure I would call it “the best every written.” Nonetheless, it’s a great book written by a man who played for the NHL’s Montreal Canadiens from 1970 until 1979. Dryden reflects on his life in hockey and what life as an NHLer was like, also offering glimpses at some other big names in the NHL during his career. He’s also written several other books and is now a Canadian politician and lawyer.