Melissa Walsh

The Rookie Hockey Mom: How to Play the Game's Toughest Position (author & publisher)

Powerplay Communications | 2012 | Rookie Hockey Mom website

Promotional Description of my book The Rookie Hockey Mom: How to Play the Game's Toughest Position:

Get Hockey Mom Tough. Be Hockey Mom Smart.

The mother of four hockey players and a recreational player herself, author Melissa Walsh takes new hockey moms by the glove through every aspect of the youth hockey journey.

There are over a million hockey moms, and far too many have jumped in without a clue about how much time the sport requires, how much it costs, and how it is played. Here, in a book for that intrepid bunch, veteran hockey mom of four Melissa Walsh, who also coaches and plays hockey, takes mothers by the glove through every aspect of the youth hockey journey.

Moms who think icing is for cakes and boards are for college will be saved a lot of embarrassing moments around the rink as Walsh educates them on the rules, terminology, and officiating signals of a sport that is new to many parents. Chapters also cover purchasing and caring for equipment, tips on safety, development levels and guidelines, and advice for working with coaches and other hockey parents. There’s great insight into connecting with child hockey players, managing a team, choosing a league, and fueling young skaters with good nutrition.

Salted with quotes from hockey players and moms who’ve been there and loaded with the wisdom that only a real hockey mom can offer, The Rookie Hockey Mom is a must for hockey-crazy families and the women who drive them everywhere.

Originally published in 2005 by Lyons Press. Ebook edition published by Powerplay Publications in 2011 and updated in 2012. Revised print edition published by Powerplay Communications in 2012.