Memoir of a Minor League Hockey Enforcer, 2d ed.


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About the Book

Directionless yet driven by a fervent desire to make something of himself, Doug “The Thug” Smith took his only marketable job skill—amateur boxing—and followed an unlikely career path to become a hockey enforcer, a.k.a. “goon.” Entrusted with aggressively protecting his teammates from tough guys on the opposing team, he punched, elbowed and cross-checked his way up the ranks of minor league hockey to win a championship ring and the respect of his community. His entertaining underdog story is the subject of the cult-classic motion picture Goon (2011) and its sequel Goon: Last of the Enforcers (2017).

About the Author(s)

Doug Smith has worked as a police officer in Massachusetts for more than two decades and as an assistant coach for the three-time state-champion Hanover High School hockey team. He lives in Halifax, Massachusetts.

Adam Frattasio is an adult education teacher and author of Steroid Man: Confessions of a Powerlifter from the Golden Age of Enhancement (McFarland, 2016). His first book, GOON: The True Story of an Unlikely Journey into Minor League Hockey, was adapted into the motion picture GOON and a sequel, GOON: Last of the Enforcers.

Bibliographic Details

Doug Smith and Adam Frattasio

Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 240
Bibliographic Info: 35 photos, notes, index
Copyright Date: 2018
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7168-0
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3031-1
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Preface 1
From the Coauthor 5
1. Reborn in the Boys’ Club 9
2. My First Training Camp 28
3. A Second Life 42
4. Road Trip 63
5. Popular Loyalty? 74
6. A Third Chance with Johnstown 88
7. My Second Training Camp 101
8. Delivering with the Mailman 110
9. Sunk in Seniors 137
10. Hit in the Bigtime 149
11. Rent-A-Goon 161
12. One More Shot at the Animal 175
13. More Than a Goon 186
14. GOON: The Movies 204
Chapter Notes 223
Index 225

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “Smith was an enforcer, the kind of swaggering tough guy hockey teams bring on the ice to protect their star players and strike fear into the hearts of their opponents.” – Grantland
  • “Gives details of every hockey fight he ever got into…loved reading about Smith’s experiences as the wide-eyed average guy, playing in front of large crowds and tussling with some of the toughest men from the 1990s.” – Puck Junk

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