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    Distributor: Jaguar Book Group Availability: Not yet available, will be POD Excluding:Sep 08, 2020 On Sale Date:Sep 29, 2020 Carton Quantity:1 $34.95 CAD
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The Role I Played
Canada's Greatest Olympic Hockey Team
By (author): Sami Jo Small
9781770415652 Hardcover, Dust jacket English General Trade SPORTS & RECREATION / Olympics & Paralympics Sep 29, 2020
$34.95 CAD
Active 6 x 9 x 1.08 in 344 pages 75 75 photographs, colour ECW Press

“Glimpses of her childhood and life outside of hockey come into view, but the main focus is the roller-coaster ride of striving to compete at the sport’s top level.” — Library Journal

“Sami Jo has an energetic personality that shines through with every story in this book.” — Jennifer Botterill, four-time Olympian

Two-time Olympic gold medalist offers insider access, writing with unflinching honesty about the triumphs of her greatest games and the anguish of difficult times with the Canadian National Women’s Hockey Team

Men’s hockey in Canada may hog the limelight, but interest in women’s hockey has never been higher. The Role I Played is a memoir of Sami Jo Small’s ten years with Canada’s National Women’s Hockey Team. Beginning with her experience as a rookie at the first-ever women’s Olympic hockey tournament in Nagano in 1998 and culminating with Canada’s third straight Olympic gold medal in Vancouver in 2010, the veteran goaltender gives the reader behind-the-scenes insight into one of the most successful teams in sports history.

This book honours the individuals who sacrificed so much of their lives to represent Canada on a world stage and celebrates their individual contributions to the team’s glory. While bringing the personalities of her teammates to life, Small takes the reader into the dressing rooms and onto the ice for an up-close glimpse into the ups and downs of athletes pursuing a sport’s highest achievement.

Short Description


Sami Jo Small spent 10 years on Canada’s National Women’s Hockey Team. As a veteran goaltender, she gives the reader behind-the-scenes insight into one of the most successful teams in women’s sports history.


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  • Sami Jo Small played on Team Canada with Hockey Hall of Famers, Hayley Wickenheiser and Cassie Campbell, and went up against US superstar and Hall of Famer Cammi Granato.

  • Small has the highest designation in North America for professional speaking (Certified Speaking Professional) and gives up to 50 presentations a year.

  • After winning silver in the women’s hockey debut at the Olympic Winter Games in 1998, Canada ran off a record-setting 24-game winning streak at the Games from 2002 to 2018. Sami Jo Small was a part of this historic and inspiring sports story until the 2010 Olympics.

  • 16.4 million people tuned in to the 2018 Women’s Olympic Hockey final.

  • Sami Jo Small was a founder and vice-chair of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League, the highest-level women’s hockey league in North America, and holds the record for most wins, most single-season shutouts and most career shutouts. She also served as the GM of the Toronto Furies.


Audience



  • Fans of Canadian Olympic sports narrative

  • People who work with youth hockey

  • WNHL fans, and hockey fans in general

  • Holiday gift buyers

Sami Jo Small is a three-time Canadian Olympic ice hockey goalie (two golds and one silver) and a five-time World Champion. A graduate of Stanford University in mechanical engineering, she now works as a Certified Speaking Professional, delivering messages on how to build successful teams as well as successful teammates. From Winnipeg, Manitoba, she now lives in Mississauga, Ontario.

The Role I Played is a bold and deeply personal testament to the game’s importance, giving fans the good, the bad, and the ugly of competition, while also providing a thorough document of women’s hockey in this country. But more than anything, it highlights the intense emotion, uncertainty, and self-sacrifice inherent to a life of athletic pursuit.” — Quill & Quire

“Glimpses of her childhood and life outside of hockey come into view, but the main focus is the roller-coaster ride of striving to compete at the sport’s top level.” — Library Journal

“While many hockey fans will recognize the contributions to the women’s game by American and Canadian stars such as Cammi Granato, Katie King, Haley Wickenheiser and Danielle Goyette, the contributions of players like Sami Jo Small should be recognized as well and this book will bring a lot of information and enjoyment to hockey fans everywhere.” — The Guy Who Reviews Sports Books blog

The Role I Played is important as both a history book and an autobiography, but more than this Small’s book is simply a great book and a great read. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in hockey, women's hockey, the Olympics, women athletes, or just a good autobiography.” — Hockey in Society blog

“Overall, The Role I Played was a quick read for me as I was immersed in Small’s storytelling from the first page right through the epilogue.” — Hockey Blog in Canada

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