Celebrate the NHL Centennial with the top 100 hockey books

The NHL's 2017-18 season marks the 100th anniversary of the league. Founded on Nov. 26, 1917 in Montreal, Quebec, this league, these teams, and especially the players have had a special place in the hearts of many Canadians for the past 100 years. 

That Canadians love hockey should come as no surprise, nor should the fact that Canadians buy quite a few books about the subject as well. From memoirs of star players, to ABC books for babies, and everything in between, books about hockey can be found on the shelves of many Canadians.

Methodology: How we came up with the top 100 titles

When we started gathering the top-selling Non-Fiction adult, juvenile, and young adult titles with a primary BISAC code of Sports & Recreation / Hockey, we quickly found that many of the big hockey books were missing from the list; many had a primary BISAC code of Biography & Autobiography / Sports, which had us putting our knowledge of hockey players to the test.

In order to capture the best and most representative list we could, we decided that any Non-Fiction book with the word "Hockey" in any of its BISAC codes and/or in its keyword data would qualify for our list. Once we had the ISBNs for those titles, we ran a bestseller report in BNC SalesData (which tracks print sales in the English-language trade market) and came up with the top-selling titles from the last five years (from Dec. 31, 2012 to Dec. 31, 2017 to be exact).

If you'd like a copy for your own use, you can download the poster, print it out, and display it proudly. (If you do end up displaying it, please take a picture and send it to us!)

You can see all the titles, ranked in order of sales, in this BNC CataList catalogue. Or scroll down to see the ranked list after the poster image.

And, who doesn't love a quiz? We've made the poster into a quiz so you can check off all the titles you've read. See how you score!

  1. Orr: My Story by Bobby Orr

  2. 99: Stories of the Game by Wayne Gretzky πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ with Kirstie McLellan DayπŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

  3. Mr. Hockey: The Autobiography of Gordie Howe by Gordie Howe πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

  4. A Great Game: The Forgotten Leafs & the Rise of Professional Hockey by Stephen J. Harper πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

  5. Killer: My Life in Hockey by Doug Gilmour πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ with Dan Robson πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

  6. Shift Work by Tie Domi πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ with Jim Lang

  7. Straight up and Personal: The World According to Grapes by Don Cherry πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

  8. Bleeding Blue: Giving My All for the Game by Wendel Clark πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

  9. Don Cherry's Sports Heroes by Don Cherry πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

  10. Quinn: The Life of a Hockey Legend by Dan Robson πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

  11. Nine Lessons I Learned from My Father by Murray Howe πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

  12. 5-Minute Hockey Stories written by Meg Braithwaite πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ , illustrated by Nick Craine πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

  13. We Are Your Leafs: The Toronto Maple Leafs Book of Greats by Michael Ulmer πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

  14. Hockey Confidential by Bob McKenzie

  15. Sports Illustrated Hockey's Greatest by The Editors of Sports Illustrated

  16. Game Change: The Life and Death of Steve Montador, and the Future of Hockey by Ken Dryden πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

  17. Playing with Fire by Theo Fleury πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ with Kirstie McLellan Day πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

  18. The Game by Ken Dryden πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

  19. Calling the Shots: Ups, Downs and Rebounds – My Life in the Great Game of Hockey by Kelly Hrudey πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ with Kirstie McLellan Day πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

  20. The NHL 100 Years in Pictures and Stories by Bob Duff πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ and Ryan Dixon

  21. Offside: My Life Crossing the Line by Sean Avery πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

  22. The Battle of Alberta: The Historic Rivalry Between the Edmonton Oilers and the Calgary Flames by Mark Spector

  23. It's Our Game: Celebrating 100 Years Of Hockey Canada by Michael McKinley πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

  24. Chicken Soup for the Soul: Hooked on Hockey by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Laura Robinson

  25. Hockey Hall of Fame Book of Trivia by Don Weekes πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

  26. Hockey Hall of Fame Book of Players by Steve Cameron πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

  27. Captain: My Life and Career by Darryl Sittler

  28. Against All Odds: The Untold Story of Canada's Unlikely Hockey Heroes by P.J. Naworynski πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

  29. Cornered by Ron MacLean πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ with Kirstie McLellan Day πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

  30. The Guy on the Left: Sports Stories from the Best Seat in the House by James Duthie πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

  31. How We Did It: The Subban Plan for Success in Hockey, School and Life by Karl Subban πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ with Scott Colby πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

  32. The Mcdavid Effect: Connor McDavid and the New Hope for Hockey by Marty Klinkenberg πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

  33. The Official NHL Hockey Treasures, Centennial Edition by Dan Diamond πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ with Eric Zweig πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ and Craig Ellenport πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

  34. Tough Guy by Bob Probert with Kirstie McLellan Day πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

  35. 99: Gretzky: His Game, His Story by Al Strachan πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

  36. My First Book of Hockey: A Rookie Book by The Editors of Sports Illustrated Kids

  37. Fighting Back: The Chris Nilan Story by Chris Nilan

  38. The NHL: 100 Years of On-Ice Action and Boardroom Battles by D'Arcy Jenish πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

  39. Grant Fuhr: The Story of a Hockey Legend by Grant Fuhr πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ with Bruce Dowbiggin πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

  40. Boy on Ice: The Life and Death of Derek Boogaard by John Branch

  41. The Great Defender: My Hockey Odyssey by Larry Robinson πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ with Kevin Shea πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

  42. The Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey Club: Official Centennial Publication by Kevin Shea πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ and Jason Wilson

  43. Hockey Canada's Learn All about Hockey: Color and Activity written by Al Huberts πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ , illustrated by Frank Bailey πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

  44. J.R.: The Fast, Crazy Life of Hockey’s Most Outspoken and Most Colourful Personality by Jeremy Roenick with Kevin Allen πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

  45. The Riverton Rifle: My Storyβ€”Straight Shooting on Hockey and on Life by Reggie Leach πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

  46. Coach: The Pat Burns Story by Rosie DiManno πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

  47. Leave No Doubt: A Credo for Chasing Your Dreams by Mike Babcock πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ with Rick Larsen

  48. Tales of a First-Round Nothing: My Life as an NHL Footnote by Terry Ryan πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

  49. 100 Things Maple Leafs Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die by Michael Leonetti πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ and Paul Patskou πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

  50. Hockey ABC by Christopher Jordan πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

  51. The Ultimate Book of Hockey Trivia for Kids by Eric Zweig πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

  52. Road to the NHL: The Incredible Stories of 25 Maritimers Making It to the Show by Philip Croucher πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

  53. Hockey: Then to WOW! by The Editors of Sports Illustrated Kids

  54. Keon and Me: My Search For The Lost Soul Of The Leafs by Dave Bidini πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

  55. Who Is Wayne Gretzky? by Gail Herman

  56. The Hockey News: the Big Book of Hockey Fun by The Hockey News

  57. The Hockey News: Hockey's Greatest Photos by The Hockey News

  58. Hockey Now! by Mike Leonetti πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

  59. The Toughest I Ever Faced: Hockey Hall of Fame Players Remember Rivals, Teammates and Heroes by Steve Milton πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

  60. 100 Things Canadiens Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die by Pat Hickey

  61. The Illustrated History of Hockey: NHL Years: Collector's Edition by Jason Kay πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

  62. Hockey Hall of Fame Unstoppable by Steve Milton πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ and Mike Ryan

  63. Hockey Card Stories: True Tales from Your Favourite Players by Ken Reid πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

  64. Hockey Night in Canada: 60 Seasons by Michael McKinley πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

  65. Face Off: Top 10 Lists of Everything in Hockey by The Editors of Sports Illustrated Kids

  66. Hockey 123 by Christopher Jordan πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

  67. Scholastic Early Learners: Touch and Feel Hockey by Scholastic Canada Ltd

  68. 100 Years, 100 Moments: A Centennial of NHL Hockey by Scott Morrison πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

  69. Laugh Out Loud Canadian Jokes written by Erin O'Connor πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ , Howard Hershkowitz πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ , Kara Woodburn πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ , and Stella Partheniou Grasso πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ , illustrated by Bill Dickson πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

  70. Selling the Dream by Ken Campbell πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ with Jim Parcels πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

  71. Hockey Night Fever: Mullets, Mayhem and the Game's Coming of Age in the 1970s by Stephen Cole πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

  72. Hockey Superstars 2016-2017 by Paul Romanuk πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

  73. One Night Only: Conversations with the NHL’s One-Game Wonders by Ken Reid πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

  74. The Toronto Maple Leafs, Ultimate Book of Facts, Stats, and Stories by Andrew Podnieks πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

  75. Hockey's Greatest Stars: Legends and Young Lions by Chris McDonell πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

  76. We Are the Goalies: The Top Netminders of the NHL by Christopher Jordan πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

  77. Searching for Bobby Orr by Stephen Brunt πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

  78. The Day I (Almost) Killed Two Gretzkys: ...And Other Off-the-Wall Stories About Sports...and Life by James Duthie

  79. A Century of NHL Memories: Rare Photos from the Hockey Hall of Fame by Phil Pritchard πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ with Jim Hynes πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

  80. Stanley Cup: 120 Years of Hockey Supremacy by Eric Zweig πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

  81. We Are the Goal Scorers: The Top Point Leaders of the NHL by Christopher Jordan πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

  82. National Hockey League Official Guide and Record Book 2016 by National Hockey League

  83. Ultimate Collection of Pro Hockey Records 2015 by Shane Frederick

  84. Hockey Superstars 2015-2016 by Paul Romanuk πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

  85. Hockey Superstars 2017-2018 by Paul Romanuk πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

  86. Hockey Hall of Fame Heroes: Scorers, Goalies and Defensemen by Eric Zweig πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

  87. Gordie Howe's Son by Mark Howe with Jay Greenberg πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

  88. Ultimate Guide to Pro Hockey Teams 2015 by Shane Frederick

  89. Don't Call Me Goon: Hockey's Greatest Enforcers, Gunslingers, and Bad Boys by Greg Oliver πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ and Richard Kamchen πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

  90. 100 Things Jets Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die by Jon Waldman πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

  91. 100 Things Oilers Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die by Joanne Ireland

  92. National Hockey League Official Guide and Record Book 2017 by National Hockey League

  93. 101 Hockey Jokes written by Kara Woodburn πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ , illustrated by Bill Dickson πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

  94. Between the Pipes: A Revealing Look at Hockey’s Legendary Goalies by Randi Druzin πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

  95. Hockey Hall of Fame Book of Goalies: Profiles, Memorabilia, Essays and Stats by Steve Cameron πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

  96. Super Scorers by Eric Zweig πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

  97. Fast Ice: Superstars of the New NHL by Andrew Podnieks πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

  98. The Red Kelly Story by Leonard β€œRed” Kelly πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

  99. My Last Fight: The True Story of a Hockey Rock Star by Darren McCarty

  100. Great Goalies by Eric Zweig πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

What's your favourite hockey book?