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They Called Me Chocolate Rocket

In the ultra-competitive junior hockey leagues in the early 1960s, a young man could tolerate nearly anything that helped him stand out from the hordes of other prospects, so John Paris, Jr. did just that. The African-Canadian from Nova Scotia dazzled and dominated on the ice — often facing racism on and off the ice. It took courage.

They Called Me Chocolate Rocket is the story of Johns life from his childhood in the Currys Corner section of Windsor, Nova Scotia, where he was rated one of the top junior prospects in Eastern Canada and scouted by the legendary Scotty Bowman, to his eventual decision to coach, beginning with the Montreal-area minor systems and on to the pro ranks with the IHLs Atlanta Knights.

Although John has an impressive resume, it is the stories of the complex life that he has lived — persevering in a hockey world where blacks were rare — that propel the book. From John being befriended by Rocket Richard as a junior, to being brought back from near-death in a Montreal hospital at age 25, to getting a street lesson in Atlanta when caught in a gang fight, and more.

Now living in Dallas, Texas with his wife and young daughter, John is actively involved in hockey as a coach and principal instructor for top-level prospects, and works in prestigious U.S. junior development camps.

John Paris Jr.

JOHN PARIS, JR. is hockey's first black professional coach; ROBERT ASHE is an experienced, award-winning journalist. Born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia, he began his journalism career in 1978 and has worked as a sportswriter, editor, photographer, crime reporter and feature writer for several daily and weekly newspapers. Robert has written three books, Just Enough Fog to Keep it Cool, Even the Babe Came to Play and Halifax Champion: Black Power in Gloves. He holds a master of journalism from Carleton University in Ottawa. He worked as a communication specialist and senior advisor in the federal government for 27 years. He currently lives in Ottawa, Ontario.

Robert Ashe

JOHN PARIS, JR. is hockey's first black professional coach; ROBERT ASHE is an experienced, award-winning journalist. Born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia, he began his journalism career in 1978 and has worked as a sportswriter, editor, photographer, crime reporter and feature writer for several daily and weekly newspapers. Robert has written three books, Just Enough Fog to Keep it Cool, Even the Babe Came to Play and Halifax Champion: Black Power in Gloves. He holds a master of journalism from Carleton University in Ottawa. He worked as a communication specialist and senior advisor in the federal government for 27 years. He currently lives in Ottawa, Ontario.

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A brief introduction to himself and six facts about him to keep in mind through the rest of the book ; 4 $0.40

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Describes his childhood, growing up in windsor Nova Scotia in the 1940s and 1950s ; 17 $1.70

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describes his passion for hockey and experiencing with hockey growing up including racism he faced. Outlines how he was scouted by Scotty Bowman for the Montreal Jr. Canadians tryouts in 1963 ; 12 $1.20

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His years playing with the Maisonneuve Braves, his nickname "the chocolate rocket", the development of an illness, encounters with Maurice Richard ; 16 $1.60

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His transfer to the Sorel Black Hawks, racist encounters, increasing health difficulties ; 13 $1.30

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His time in Knoxville ; 16 $1.60

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His illness leads to a break from Hockey and finding a job, his diagnosis with Hodgkin lymphoma and his transition into coaching ; 23 $2.30

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details about coaching in the major junior leagues ; 20 $2.00

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His time as a part-time scout, his relationship with the St Louis Blues ; 16 $1.60

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His time with the Atlanta Knights and the Turner Cup Win ; 22 $2.20

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Meeting Whitney Houston, some career crossroads, further experiences with the knights ; 18 $1.80

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His time with the Macon Whoopee, promotion of Hockey in the American South ; 15 $1.50

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A situation arrises involving the police in Huntsville, more experience coaching and what other things a coach is to his players ; 17 $1.70

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Looking for a new coaching experience that would further his career. The ligue Nord-Americaine de hockey and violent hockey, going to cambellton and his work with Marc-André ; 16 $1.60

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Rocky Mountain RoughRiders Hockey Club, red flags about a fellow coach involved with pedophilia ; 14 $1.40

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Shares thoughts on some of the best people in Hockey that he has interacted with and final reflections on coaching ; 16 $1.60