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The Kid Who Missed the Bus


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Matt McCoy started playing ice hockey at seven and left home at fifteen to pursue a professional hockey career. After playing in the juniors in Canada, he then quit to get his BA. When the desire for hockey again arose, he donned his skates and played professional hockey overseas for three years. Matt is now retired and happily married with two children, living in British Columbia.


"NHL hockey fans get to watch the best hockey players in the world who've made it to the best hockey league in the world. The Kid Who Missed The Bus reminds us that they are the exception, not the rule. But what an adventure it can be just trying to get there. The story of Danny Boy Doyle is an entertaining read as it follows the successes, the failures and the shenanigans of this BC boy who can escape the realities of real life as long as he keeps playing hockey throughout North America and beyond. And it tells of the colourful characters he meets along the way. Not necessarily the path you'd map out for your kid to take but this story of a lifelong minor leaguer who lives by his own set of rules makes for a thoroughly enjoyable read." --Christine Simpson, reporter and broadcaster, Sportsnet
"Ultimately this book is not so much about hockey, but the growth of a very interesting main character from a youth, to a cocky young hockey player, to a guy who makes a few mistakes along the way to the man he is today." --Hockey Book Reviews
"Hockey is a passionate game which requires unstinting passion and sacrifice on the part of its on ice 'warriors' to achieve success. The Kid Who Missed the Bus provides the reader with a true behind the scenes look at what it takes to be one of the very few who ever become a pro at any level let alone reaching the pinnacle of being an NHLer. Although most of these 'kids' never achieve that goal, their stories are nonetheless fascinating and colorful, and the culture they live and play in their quest is beautifully and honestly elucidated in this tome in a way that will both educate and entertain its readers. After reading this book you will never look at hockey in the same way again - and you will also gain an eye opening new understanding and appreciation of what it takes for the men who play it for us as pros to get there. Hockey fan or not, won't be able to put this book down." --Bruce "Scoop" Cooper, hockey broadcaster, author, producer
"It's really tough for me to find the time these days to sit down and read a book, with a new business that requires a lot of attention and 3 young kids that require even more, I barely have any time to do much else. When Matt McCoy sent his book The Kid Who Missed the Bus to me and asked me to read it, I was unsure if I would find the time to squeeze it in. The book took me by surprise and from the first night I started into it, I couldn't put it down. It only took me a few days to read it cover to cover, my wife Katie commented, 'You never read anymore, that must be a good one.' I grew up in Cranbrook B.C., a vibrant Hockey community just like Matt's home town, and to be able to read first hand his experiences made me reflect on many situations in my own career that I had nearly forgotten about. I think that no matter where you grew up in Canada and how far you made it in the game of Hockey, there is a common bond that all competitive Hockey players share, on and off the ice. This book brings to light why we played the game and the passion we all have for it. My career took me from Cranbrook Minor Hockey to Tier 2 Junior (where I played with Matt), and from U.S. College Hockey to the AHL, NHL and eventually to Europe where I finished my career. I always wondered what form a book would take if I ever decided to write one so I was excited to have the chance to read about Matt's journey and see how closely related the Hockey World really is. I would recommend this book to anyone that likes real life stories and wants some insight into what a kid trying to make it goes through along the way. This book is very cleverly written and a real joy to read. I have to say that Matt is the Real McCoy and has come a long way from the young, inexperienced kid that I played with over 20 years ago." --Corey Spring, retired hockey player, Tampa Bay Lightning

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