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The Best Seat in the House

Stories from the NHL - Inside the Room, on the Ice…and on the Bench
Written by: Jamie McLennan, Ian Mendes
Narrated by: Todd Ellis
Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A back-up goalie's hilarious behind-the-mask look at life in the NHLJamie McLennan spent 20 years playing professional hockey. Sort of. As the backup for such legendary goalies as Grant Fuhr, Ron Hextall, Roberto Luongo, and Miikka Kiprusoff, he saw everything - except much playing time. In The Best Seat in the House, McLennan looks back on his unique career, from breaking into the NHL, to working with the legends, to life on the road and in the league, offering listeners an unprecedented glimpse into life inside the locker room.

Filled with tales of camaraderie and crazy antics, the book covers 20 years on and off the ice - including McLennan's disastrous meeting with Gene Simmons, accidentally calling Lady Gaga a troll to her face, charging an opposing team's mascot on the orders of legendary coach Billy Smith, and even how he hid a hotdog in his gear for an in-game snack.

  • A collection of hilarious, strange, and sometimes unbelievable stories about hockey, the NHL, and celebrity from throughout the career of NHL backup goalie Jamie McLennan
  • A deeply personal account of life on and off the ice, packed with hilarious personal anecdotes
  • Co-written with Sportsnet's Ian Mendes
  • The Best Seat in the House is an irreverent look at the life of a professional hockey player, on the ice, on the bench, and in the dressing room, that is sure to delight hockey fans everywhere.

©2012 Jamie McLennan and Ian Mendes (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Not the right voice for the story

I did enjoy this book but I think I would have enjoyed it more had the narrator sounded like he was more of a fan of the sport than just someone reading the words. There were a few instances where the narrator mispronounced the names of the players mentioned. You would think that making sure names are pronounced correctly would be a major part of narration.

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  • Maryann Baran
  • Buffalo, NY
  • 2019-05-09

Wish Jamie had narrated this!

Been wanting to read this one for awhile. I loved Jamie when he played for Florida. Nice to hear his story...only wish he had narrated himself!!

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  • Greg W Wutzke
  • Westchester, Illinois
  • 2016-08-17

Observation from the crease &the end of the bench

Noodles does a great job of sharing the locker room & NHL player life with the listener. His message goes beyond the sport and surfaces the characters he shared this life with. Grant Fuhr & the gumball is priceless.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2015-06-30

Not actually what I was expecting...

As a hockey fan (spelled "fanatic"), I was expecting more behind the scenes hockey anecdotes. More "insider trading information". What I got was a cute (?) story about Jamie's hijinx. Not a bad book...just not a great book.

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