Kevin Shea has written a masterpiece of Canadian cultural mythology exploring the hockey legend Bill Barilko and his mysterious disappearance after scoring the Stanley Cup winner against the Habs in 1951. This is not just a hockey book. Shea writes about Barilko’s early life, influences and career track. He shines a light on “The Porcupine” – the area in and around Timmins where Barilko and several other NHL greats came to maturity. The exhaustive attention to details of Barilko’s untimely death make this a gripping read. Shea had unparalleled access to Barilko’s sister, Anne Klisanich who shared observations and memories of her brother Bill. Her love of her brother and the game of hockey come through very clearly in Shea’s book. He combines the right amount of tension with lots of rich detail to make for a rewarding and inspiring read for any Canadian book-lover. Several outstanding photographs illustrate the book – many from Anne Klisanich’s own private archive of the scrapbooks she kept of her brother’s life. If you find The Tragically Hip’s song “Fifty Mission Cap” running through your head – you aren’t alone. Shea also explored the connections between Bailko’s life and popular culture today. In this updated release, there is further information as to the condition of the crash site which was found again in 2005. I’m going to recommend this one for my Book Club!  (from