By Adam Proteau
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Michael Peca is a cut above the run-of-the-mill hockey player. The New York Islanders captain has a voracious appetite for reading, which is a rarity among NHLers, especially when you consider he reads things other than the NHLPA's guide to conformity through clichés.
"My teammates Adrian Aucoin and Dave Scatchard are big readers, but most of the other guys I've played with over the years prefer magazines," said Peca, a Toronto native who now makes his off-season home in Buffalo.
"But I just love how books make you exercise your imagination. And now that I have a son who is learning to read, it's even more of a thrill to see his eyes light up when he's bringing the stories to life in his head. It's one of the many great parts of being a dad."
In no particular order, here are the top 10 books in Peca's collection, with an explanation from Peca on why each one made the cut:
1. "Bag of Bones," by Stephen King
2. "Bringing Up Boys," by James Dobson
I read it a long time ago, but I remember how well the book mixed humor with more serious themes. 4. "Championship No Limit & Pot Limit Hold 'Em," by Tom McEvoy and T.J. Cloutier
I've been learning about poker for five or six years now and I visit the casinos on either side of the Canadian border to get a little practice in when I can. This reference book gives you a good grounding in the basics.
This book was significant to me in my final year of junior hockey. As far as motivators go, it's the real deal. 6. "Goodnight Moon," by Margaret Wise Brown
Just a classic children's book. Both my son Trevor and my daughter Emily enjoy it.
7. "Pat The Bunny," by Dorothy Kunhardt
8. Anything by Dr. Seuss
9. "Nightmares and Dreamscapes," by Stephen King
10. "The Holy Bible"
Adam Proteau is a writer for the The Hockey News and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.