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  • Paperback Edition
    • 978-1-03-919497-7
    • 6.0 x 9.0 inches
    • Black & White interior
    • 300 pages
  • Hardcover Edition
    • 978-1-03-919498-4
    • 6.0 x 9.0 inches
    • Black & White interior
    • 300 pages
  • Keywords
    • sports fiction,
    • hockey fiction,
    • hockey mystery fiction,
    • Canadian hockey fiction,
    • contemporary literature,
    • contemporary Canadian fiction,
    • contemporary Canadian literature

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My Last Goal
Murder Corruption Money Laundering and a Wife what possibly could go Gone Wrong
by Allan Ripley

Playing sports is about fairness, teamwork, striving your best to score goals, triumphing over adversity and, ultimately, winning the championship. But for the professional game of hockey in Canada, there is more at stake than putting the puck in the back of the net to beat the other teams. The hallowed sport has a dark underbelly, with nefarious activities taking place both off and on the ice, as vividly described in the novel, My Last Goal. The book’s subtitle (Murder, Corruption, Money Laundering, and a Wife—What Possibly Could Go Gone Wrong) hints at the intricacies that come when the pure thrill of the game becomes complicated by criminal acts. Covering two decades, from the 1950s to the 1970s, the book centers on the story of young hockey player Larry and his unconventional relationship with Coach Bill, a former scout and pro player. He’s also one of the “original six” hockey players entangled in influencing which NHL team gets the glory of bragging rights and bringing the Stanley Cup home. As Larry grows and hones his skills, the double life Bill is leading begins to unravel, threatening to take away everything he has strived for in the name of the game.

Allan Ripley photo

This fictional book I have written is about life in and around hockey. But it can easily be any sport. Life in hockey starts off with kids playing under the street lights in any hometown, where dreams are born and goals are scored. In this book I tell of many tales of what I have seen and heard about hockey. The game is not only played on the ice for sixty minutes, but also played in offices and in back rooms of smoky bars. This story is about the double life of make believe fans. Be careful of what you read you may know someone in this book.


Allan Ripley
Diane Johnstone

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