Angela James: The First Superstar of Women’s Hockey is a book written by two of Angela’s co-workers at Seneca College Tom Bartsiokas and Corey Long and published by the Women’s Press Weekly.
It was published in August 2012 and is the fifth book in the publishers’ Women Who Rock series.
It is the first by authors Bartsiokas and Long.
James was the most dominate female player in women’s hockey from the early 1980s to 1999-2000 winning four world championships with Team Canada in 1990, 1992, 1997, and 1997.
She was the first woman to be inducted into the Hall and the second black player to receive the honor after Grant Fuhr who was inducted in 2003. She is also the first openly gay player to receive such honors.
This fantastic book is very well written and describes the life and hockey career of Angela James, a native of Toronto, ON who has been dubbed the Wayne Gretzky of women’s hockey and is the sports first female superstar. It chronicles her unlikely rise in hockey as Angela grew up in near poverty in Flemingdon Park and learned her trade on borrowed skates struggling like most girls of that era to play on boys teams and escaped that to attend and play at Seneca College where she was also a member of the softball team; the Canadian National Team; and the National Women’s Hockey League’s North York/Beatrice Aeros, the Toronto Red Wings, and the Newtonbrook Panthers. The book also describes the devastation of being cut from the 1998 Olympic team that may have been the result her not being properly diagnosed with Graves Disease at the time to her ascendancy to the pinnacle of hockey which was her induction into the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame in 2008 and the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2010. There is also the aftermath as Angela has been teaching at Seneca College since she retired in 2000 and also has three children with her partner Ange MacDonald.
Angela James: The First Superstar of Women’s Hockey also includes one of the best statistical reports of a female hockey players’ career that I have seen yet.
The book is a must read authorized biography for any hockey fan; and it also features one on one interviews with some of the biggest names in women’s hockey: fellow IIHF and HHOF member and former US women’s captain Cammi Granato, Hayley Wickenheiser, Hockey Night in Canada commentator and former teammate and friend Cassie Campbell-Pascall, Hockey Canada President Bob Nicholson, and former Team Canada Head Coach Melody Davidson.