Hockey is for Me, by Jamal Mayers, is an illustrated children's narrative that brings to life Jamal's personal journey from youth hockey to the professional hockey ranks. A native of Canada raised in a single parent home, Jamal started hockey at a young age and faced financial and emotional hurdles that almost made him give up the game. Through perseverance and hard work, Jamal became a Stanley Cup Champion and 15-year NHL Veteran. Hockey is for Me is a fun and visually appealing story that tells how Jamal followed his passion for hockey and successfully overcame those obstacles to come out on top. It's a must-read for aspiring hockey players, kids and fans of all ages!
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Jamal is a retired NHL hockey player who grew up in Toronto, Canada. Raised in a single-parent household, Jamal and his older brother, Allan, understood firsthand the challenges of playing hockey with limited financial resources. He attributes his dedication to success and belief in himself to his mom, Doreen, and Allan, who six years his senior gave up playing hockey at age 16 so that his younger brother could play ever season. Jamal credits his stepfather, Alan Crosswell, for showing him how to become the loving and supportive father he is today.
Jamal left Toronto as a 17-year old to play college hockey at Western Michigan University, where he fulfilled his promise to his parents to graduate by earning a Bachelor of Arts in business (marketing) in 1996. Jamal went on to have a successful 17-year professional hockey career, 15 of those years with five NHL teams: St. Louis, Toronto, Calgary, San Jose, and Chicago. He capped off his playing career by winning the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2013. He currently works as an analyst for NBC Sports Chicago and is the Community Liaison for the Blackhawks, helping to promote and grow the game throughout the Chicagoland.
Jamal and his wife, Natalie, have three children: daughters Langley, 14, and Harper, 11, and son, Crew, 7.