Jamie McKinven

Biography

Jamie McKinven, author of “So You Want Your Kid to Play Pro Hockey?” and "Tales from the Bus Leagues," is a former professional hockey player who played in the NCAA, ECHL, Central Hockey League and Europe. After hanging up the blades, McKinven spent parts of four years coaching at the Jr. A level and is currently heavily involved in skill development.

Over his career, McKinven scratched and clawed, sacrificed and laid it all on the line only to fall short of playing in the NHL, experiencing his ultimate dream. Along the way, while riding the buses, living paycheque to paycheque and spending the summers living in his grandmother’s basement, he discovered a great deal about life, love and the value of following through on a dream. Jamie McKinven was a star as well as a healthy scratch. He won a championship and finished dead last. Scored an overtime winner and cost his team a game, and through it all, experienced a lifetime of memories that spanned two continents, seven countries and eight leagues.

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Videos

Confidence Building Tips for Athletes
Mental Toughness Trainer interview with Jamie McKinven, former professional hockey player and author of "So You Want Your Kid to Play Pro Hockey".

Visualization Tips for Athletes
Mental Toughness Trainer interview with former professional and NCAA hockey player Jamie McKinven, author of "So You Want Your Kid to Play Pro Hockey".

Strategies for Dealing with Tough Coaches
Mental Toughness Trainer interview with former professional hockey player Jamie McKinven, author of "So You Want Your Kid to Play Pro Hockey".

The Importance of Setting Goals
Mental Toughness Trainer interview with Jamie McKinven, former professional hockey player and author of "So You Want Your Kid to Play Pro Hockey".

Books

The Hunter's Burden
Price: Free! Words: 11,400. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2017. Categories: Plays » Canadian
The Hunter's Burden, a two act play written by Jamie McKinven, follows the Birmingham Brahmas, a minor league hockey team starving for relevance in the midst of an economic downturn. An endless string of pranks, cantankerous trainers and eccentric goalies highlight this hilarious tale as the Brahmas walk a fine line between budding potential and swift demise in the dog-eat-dog world of pro sports.
Tales from the Bus Leagues
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 88,300. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Hockey
A collection of hilarious short stories from a former minor leaguer about life running the roads and playing for peanuts, with the small glimmer of hope of someday suiting up in the NHL. From shaking hands with Gary Player on the first tee at the Masters, to off-seasons living in his grandmother’s basement, Jamie McKinven talks freely about life as a struggling pro.
So You Want Your Kid to Play Pro Hockey?
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 69,200. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Hockey, Nonfiction » Biography » Sports biography
Less than 0.001% of all kids that start playing hockey will play a single game in the NHL. Those lucky enough to come close will experience a world filled with incredible highs and perilous lows. "So You Want Your Kid to Play Pro Hockey" takes the reader on a journey through the various levels of hockey to learn about the cultural intricacies of hockey and all its moving parts.

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