The game has inspired dozens of photo collections, coffee table books and other illustrated, large-format anthologies for fans to browse through and collect. Here are the best gift books about hockey currently available.
A priceless gallery. Nat and Lou Turofsky spent almost three decades photographing the NHL's Original Six teams, building a visual history of the league from the late 1920s to the mid-1950s. The Turofsky's must have had a remarkable feel for the game, given how their images convey action and capture precise detail. The book is expertly annotated by hockey writer Andrew Podnieks.
The perfect companion to the Turofsky book. North America's leading photographer of hockey from 1967 to 1976, Lewis Portnoy chronicled the dawning of the NHL's contemporary era as the league expanded and a new generation of stars emerged.
This one gets the nod over other historical books about hockey thanks to essays from some of the game's top writers, including Red Fisher, Al Strachan and Eric Duhatschek. Plenty of pictures too, of course.
Looks beyond the NHL to include amateur and international teams as well as the first women's hockey dynasty. This book also goes for a broader range of photographs, such as a startling image of Gordie Howe, out cold on the blood-spattered ice during the 1950 Stanley Cup playoffs.
Recounting some of the game's most famous stories, anecdotes and memorable moments, this is the perfect book for anyone just beginning to explore hockey history. But the photos alone make it a valuable keepsake for any fan of the game.
Over 300 great photographs chosen from the Hall of Fame's vast archives. They form a reasonable pictorial history, including sections on women's hockey and international, semipro and amateur play.
Another wide-ranging collection, but this book includes many of hockey's more familiar and iconic images, such as the famous portrait of Bobby Orr flying through the air after scoring the 1970 Stanley Cup winning goal.