Author - Sheldon Kannegiesser “The Hockey Player Poet”

Author - Sheldon Kannegiesser
“The Hockey Player Poet”

What readers are saying

When I heard your book was poetry, I said, “no thanks—real hockey players don't write poetry!” But then a friend gave me your ‘Hock and McKey’ poem to read about the roots of ice hockey, and I laughed so hard it made my sides ache! I would never have believed I could have so much fun reading this stuff! I went out immediately and bought several copies of your book for friends who love it!

Dave M., Ontario, Canada

As a woman who's never had an interest in sports and knows absolutely nothing about hockey, it's hard to believe I could enjoy this book so much! It made me laugh out loud and it made me cry (especially your poem “Donuts!” about Tim Horton). I love the rhyme and rhythm of these poems—it's addictive and what's more, you've turned me into a hockey fan!

Leslie B., Santa Barbara, California

I'm a long-time hockey fan and have to admit I've always enjoyed the fights. The way you describe them so vividly and colorfully in your poems ‘The Irish Rebellion,’ and ‘The Mighty Hutch,’ made me feel like I was in the middle of the action. Knowing these fights were actual events is the best part and puts this book over the top!

Robert G., Ventura, California

There are no words I can use to describe the ‘Series of '72’ except that it's absolutely brilliant! Reliving the events of that Series in rhyme was amazing! The colorful and descriptive language is gripping and could only have been written by someone with an intimate, inside knowledge of the game, and a rare gift for the written word.

Jerry L., Ontario, Canada

Booking Sheldon for a Speaking Engagement

Combine sincerity, purpose, faith and wisdom delivered with passion, energy, enthusiasm and humor, then top it off with a penchant for the poetic, and you are in for an evening you'll not soon forget. One careful read between the lines of Shelly's recent book, Warriors of Winter, hints at a depth of thinking and experience bordering on the philosophical. Shelly's talks are uplifting, inspirational, thought-provoking and life-changing. Shelly firmly believes that “you can't give it …until you've lived it!” His experiences in life are a book in and of itself, hallmarked by triumphs and defeats equal to several lifetimes. Quoting Sheldon, he believes that “the true measure of a man is not seen in what he has accomplished, but what has been accomplished in him.”

The following quotes from two of Shelly's books currently in the works provide a taste of what you’ll experience firsthand at his speaking engagements:

On the words:

“You can't”: “The ugliest and most debilitating words that can ever be cast your way are, “You Can't!” They also just happen to be the most powerfully motivating words in the English language for those who are confident in themselves and their mission!” © Sheldon Kannegiesser

On Enthusiasm: “Enthusiasm is the single most powerful force you can unleash on the world. Its energy attracts, persuades, and lends courage to all those it touches.” © Sheldon Kannegiesser

On Work: “Work is to man as fuel is to fire. Embrace it with zeal, as it is the source of all prosperity, the seed of self-respect, and the gateway to personal accomplishment.” © Sheldon Kannegiesser

On Time: “Time is the arena of your performance. It is the divine measure and test of your daily service. You cannot halt its silent march, nor lengthen its days; therefore, play well within its walls, knowing your performance of this day, like a trophy, will be displayed in the halls of eternity.” © Sheldon Kannegiesser

On Failure: “Embrace your failure… wrestle with it… learn from it… make adjustments… then press on confident in the knowledge that your resolve to win is your greatest victory!” © Sheldon Kannegiesser

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