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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