This month Brick Books is releasing Night Work: The Sawchuk Poems by Randall Maggs, a collection of poems that draws the reader inside the complex personality of Sawchuk, and follows him through the triumphs and failures of his twenty-year NHL career.
The Corner Brook launch will take place at the Newfoundland and Labrador Hockey Hall of Fame, Pepsi Centre, third floor, on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 7:30 for 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served and a cash bar will be available.
The night will include a presentation/reading by Dr. Maggs, as well as a short movie by Newfoundland filmmaker Justin Simms (also related to hockey). Corner Brook residents may be interested in several poems which relate to a Boston Bruins exhibition tour that brought Sawchuck to the city. In fact, some Corner Brook players are mentioned in a couple of the poems.
From Brick Books: Night Work: The Sawchuk Poems recounts the life, in and out of hockey, of Terry Sawchuk, premier goalie in the era of the original-six NHL. Like many other goalies, Sawchuk was "a guy from a different planet," but he was more different than other goalies. Maggs probes his upbringing in a household of Ukrainian immigrant parents, a "faraway father" and a mother who was the "only one in the world who scared him," forming a dark and unpredictable character that would be perpetually at odds with his highly public athletic life. No wonder he lost his way. The book draws a reader inside the complex personality of Sawchuk, and follows him through the triumphs and failures of his twenty-year NHL career. Night Work: The Sawchuk Poems is illustrated with photographs mirroring the text, depicting key moments in the career of Terry Sawchuk, his exploits and his agony.
For more information, contact Don Bradshaw at (709) 639-1766.