Journeyman: The Story of NHL Right Winger Jamie Leach

Anna Rosner




Best for middle grade readers 10+ years

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Journeyman is a first-person biography of Ojibwe right winger Jamie Leach, son of the legendary NHL superstar Reggie Leach. Follow the fascinating hockey trajectory from his childhood years watching his father play for the Philadelphia Flyers, to Jamie’s first goal in the NHL.

Journeyman touches on Jamie’s summers on Lake Winnipeg, the World Junior Hockey Championships, his life in the minor leagues, and his eventual draft into the NHL as a Pittsburgh Penguin. Discover how some of hockey’s biggest stars such as Bobby Clarke, Jaromir Jagr, and Mario Lemieux influenced Jamie’s life.

Written in close consultation with Jamie and his mother, readers will learn about the struggles Jamie conquered, including his father’s alcoholism and his own overwhelming self-doubt. A story of determination, heartbreak and perseverance.

Featured on 49th Shelf – Most Anticipated: Our Fall 2020 Books for Young Readers Preview

Featured on the Toronto Star – Book about former NHLer Jamie Leach launched at online event

A 2021 Best Books for Kids and Teens selection!

A McNally Robinson Bestseller!

Praise for Journeyman

Recommended for hockey fans and nonfans alike.” – Kirkus Reviews

This straightforward, inspiring account goes down easy and should appeal to most kids, especially skaters looking for role models.” – Booklist

Jamie is a true journeyman: dedicated and relentless in achieving his goals, and a proud yet humble teammate. I’m sure you’ll enjoy his story, path, and insight.” – Bryan Trottier, former player for the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins

Foreword by Reggie Leach

A portion of the author’s proceeds will be donated to Books with Wings: A First Nations Literacy Project


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About the Author

Anna Rosner

Anna Rosner teaches French at Glendon, the bilingual campus of York University, writes children’s stories, and is the published author of short-story fiction and numerous scholarly articles. Dedicated to promoting her love for words, Anna has taught language and literacy to children and adults ages five to seventy-five. Anna is the Director of Books with Wings, which provides brand new, quality picture books for Indigenous children who reside in isolated Canadian communities. Journeyman is her first book.