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Interview with author of The Lives of Conn Smythe

Recently, I reviewed "The Lives of Conn Smythe" for The Checking Line, a biography on the former Leafs owner by Kelly McParland, writer and editor for the National Post. I had the opportunity to ask McParland some questions regarding the book, which reveal even more facts about Smythe, which hockey fans should find intriguing. If you haven't had the chance to pick up the book, you're doing yourself a disservice as a hockey fan.

The following are Mr. McParland's answers:


How did this project materialize? What made you decide to write a biography on Smythe?

I happened to come across an autobiography he wrote with Scott Young just bef...

"The Lives of Conn Smythe" Book Launch Invite


If you're in the Toronto area this weekend, and you're into hockey and books, you might want to check out the launch for "The Lives of Conn Smyth", by National Post editor and columnist, and occasional TCL contributor Kelly McParland!

The book is the first full-length biography of the man who created and built the Toronto Maple Leafs, and the namesake to one of the most coveted individual trophies in the NHL today.

Smythe's story goes well beyond the Leafs, from his role in two World Wars, to his family and political life, and everything in between. Smythe was certainly a colorful character, and we don't just mean the navy blue tint of To...