BLACK ICE: THE VAL JAMES STORY

$16.95 U.S./$19.95 CDN, ECW Press, 224 pgs, 6" x 9,” pa­per­back

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Black Ice: The Val James Story, co-au­thored by John Gal­lagher, fol­lows the un­likely jour­ney of a share­crop­per’s son, trans­planted from Florida to New York, who didn’t learn to skate un­til he was al­most 13. Yet, James went on to be­come a feared en­forcer in the AHL and the first U.S.-born black NHLer. While racism shaped James’ ca­reer in some ways – his pugilis­tic tal­ents were honed while re­tal­i­at­ing to the racist taunts spewed by his op­po­nents – and may have in­hib­ited it in oth­ers, much of his story is funny and up­beat. Black Ice ul­ti­mately is the proud tale of a man who en­joyed al­most ev­ery mo­ment of his ca­reer. The 2017 edi­tion is re­vised with a new af­ter­word, with James re­flect­ing on the per­sonal demons he re­dis­cov­ered when writ­ing this book, along with the pos­i­tive im­pact it made.

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