Terry was born in Ingersoll, near London, Ontario, Canada, and studied journalism at Mohawk College in Hamilton, before landing his first job as a sportswriter at a suburban newspaper in Dundas, Ontario, in 1973.
One of his earliest memories, however, is of stacking freshly printed newspapers in the pressroom at his father’s weekly newspaper in Tilbury, Ontario, near Windsor. He estimates he was no older than six or seven at the time.
He eventually returned to the family business, purchasing his father’s two newspapers in Tilbury and Belle River, and launching a third in nearby Tecumseh. He was also a founding partner in a very successful shoppers’ paper in Chatham. His newspapers were sold in 1994, and the following year he moved his family to western Canada.
He is the recipient of several national and provincial awards for his writing, twice winning best editorial in Canada and best column in Ontario from the national and provincial community newspaper associations.
You can read some of Terry's columns, current and past, on his blog, The McConnell Essays.
After his arrival in Edmonton in 1995, Terry McConnell became one of the city’s most widely read journalists.
His columns, published in the Edmonton Journal six times a week, reached an audience of up to a quarter of a million people. One of his columns, Telescope, was also picked up by Florida’s Sarasota Herald-Tribune, and continues to be available on that paper's website.
He also maintains the Telescope and Venting columns he created for The Journal at http://venting.ca
In 2009, Terry co-authored I'd Trade Him Again: On Gretzky, Politics and the Pursuit of the Perfect Deal, in co-operation with former Edmonton Oilers owner and entrepreneur Peter Pocklington and fellow journalist J'lyn Nye.
Terry and his family live in Riverdale, one of Edmonton’s historic river valley neighbourhoods, not far from the city centre. He is the proud father of five children, and grandfather of four. A retired hockey goalie, he remains an avid curler in the winter and enjoys gardening and camping in the summer.
Where to find Terry McConnell online
Where to buy in print
The Puck Talks Here: The amazing life & turbulent times of Peter Pocklington
by Terry McConnell
Approx. 94,700 words.
Published on April 27, 2012.
Peter Pocklington has been a public figure in Canada for more than 30 years and, in that time, volumes have been written and reported about him.
So when we chose to make him the topic for this book, we asked ourselves: what is there about Peter Pocklington that has not been written, not been reported? The answer was striking in its simplicity: it was Peter Pocklington’s point of view.
I'd Trade Him Again: Wayne Gretzky & Peter Pocklington
by Terry McConnell
Approx. 26,490 words.
Published on March 15, 2012.
THE TRADE! 25 years later, in the annals of professional hockey, no incident has resulted in such furor, such angst among Canadians as did the decision by team owner Peter Pocklington to trade Edmonton Oiler Wayne Gretzky to the Los Angeles Kings. Pocklington's biographers focus on the relationship between the two men, today and during the heady heydays of the five-time Stanley Cup champion team.
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