Best for middle grade readers 10+ years
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.
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