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ECW Press Fall 2022 Trade

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Conflicted Scars
An Average Player’s Journey to the NHL
By (author): Justin Davis Foreword by: Brian Kilrea
Justin Davis ,

Foreword by :

Brian Kilrea


ECW Press - Toronto



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Paperback , Trade


General Trade
Oct 18, 2022
$22.95 CAD


9in x 6 x 0.48 in

Page Count:

208 pages
ECW Press
SPORTS & RECREATION / Winter Sports / Hockey
Biography: sport|Sociology: sport and leisure|Ice hockey|Parenting: advice and issues
  • Short Description
Our minor hockey system is rife with problems. But most hockey books don’t represent the real story of the journey from novice to pro. Justin Davis has won at every level and provides the real scoop only a true hockey insider can.

An indispensable guide to parents of hockey hopefuls

At a time of great change in hockey, Justin Davis exposes the dark underbelly of the journey from the minors to the big leagues

Hockey culture: it’s a commonly used phrase inside the game, glorifying sacrifice, toughness, loyalty, and a sense of identity. Justin Davis viewed this culture as something he was lucky enough to experience. After all, he’d won a Memorial Cup after leading the tournament in scoring, and he’d been drafted by the Washington Capitals. “In my mind,” he says, “I was the normal one.” Unfortunately, after stepping outside the game, he began to recognize the racism, sexual abuse and bullying that was so deeply ingrained in the sport. And then, as his own children grew into teenagers, the curtain was pulled back, the memories came rushing forward, and he was horrified: “Why was I naked in a bus bathroom for four hours with seven teammates? What happened to my brain, and why can’t I remember the simplest things? How did I end up living in a basement where the strangers upstairs were clearly engaged in domestic abuse?”

As it navigates the sport’s darkest corridors, Conflicted Scars shares the story of the common Canadian player and offers a guide for parents who need to know how and why a typical teenager with NHL dreams, from a small town, now lives anxiously, introvertedly, and battling emotional detachment.

Sales and Market Bullets

  • CONFRONTING A DIFFICULT TRUTH: The book started out as a private memoir for his kids, but soon Justin Davis realized that leaving home at 16, living in strangers’ homes, suffering injuries and depression, and participating in decades of hazing rituals wasn’t right. Soon, the memoir turned into a guide for parents with kids in hockey and an investigation of hockey’s struggles with diversity, sexual abuse, and systemic bullying.

  • NEWS TOPIC: After former Chicago Blackhawks player Kyle Beach came forward with sexual assault allegations and their mishandling, there has been a call for more transparency and changes to hockey culture.

  • INVOLVED MARKETING PLAN: Planned outreach to regional rinks, sports podcasts and influencers, parenting media outlets, sports radio, and youth hockey outlets.

  • MANY ARE LOOKING FOR CHANGES IN THE SPORT: In June 2020, current and former members of the NHL created the Hockey Diversity Alliance to “eradicate racism and intolerance in hockey,” and in February 2021, Scotiabank announced a partnership with the HDA to further their collective mission.


  • People involved in youth hockey leagues

  • Readers of books like Home Ice by Angie Abdou (ECW Press, 2018), How We Did It by Karl Subban and Scott Colby (Penguin Random House, 2018), and Game Misconduct by Evan F. Moore and Jashvina Shah (Triumph Books, 2021)

  • Hockey parents

A married father of three from Guelph, ON, Justin Davis led the 1999 Memorial Cup in scoring and went on to Western University, where he was part of the 2002 University Cup–winning team. After a two-year stint playing professionally in Germany, Justin retired from hockey and is currently a player mentor and chapel leader with the OHL’s Guelph Storm.

“[A] very powerful, raw memoir calling into question many aspects of a hockey culture that glorifies sacrifice, toughness, and loyalty.” — Library Journal

“This is a deeply introspective, brutally honest memoir and a stark exposé of a part of hockey that remained hidden for far too long.” — Booklist

“I loved playing in the OHL, the second-best league in the world, and I have loved my life in the NHL. Justin’s book should be on the shelf of every hockey parent. He has some amazing stories … and every former player will vouch for them. Canada loves hockey, and rightly so, but we have to make sure the kids come first. I am glad my friend wrote this book.” — Joe Thornton, 22-year NHL veteran and Hart Memorial and Art Ross Trophy winner

“Justin Davis shows us that hockey is a lot like life. It can be glorious. It can be painful. You can fall in love one moment and be heartbroken the next. This book is a must-read for anyone who ever dreamed of playing in the NHL, or perhaps more importantly, for any parent who is dreaming that their child could be ‘The Next One.’” — Ken Reid, Sportsnet Central Host and best-selling author of Hockey Card Stories

“Justin Davis blows the doors off all your assumptions about Junior hockey. He courageously reevaluates the toxic culture he was part of and what was considered to be normal rites of passage and team-bonding by everyone involved in the sport. Conflicted Scars is essential reading for all hockey fans and an important contribution in exposing the dark underbelly of the game that has been kept secret for far too long.” — Allan Walsh, Player Agent

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