Jody Anderson has been a proud Minnesota hockey mom for the past 19 years. Her new book – “Hockey Moms Aren’t Crazy! … Well, Maybe Just a Little Bit” – is now on shelves, and she will host a book signing at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at Scout & Morgan Books in Cambridge.
Her hockey mom story started when her youngest son, Jeremy, was in the second grade. He came home, barreling off the bus, with a blue slip of paper in his hand, saying, “Mom, I’m going to be a hockey player – sign this. It’s free.”
Anderson later found out it wasn’t free, but she took on the role as a hockey mom for her son and daughter and would start telling hockey stories to people at work. That’s when a publisher approached her to write a book.
Anderson started with the idea of gathering local hockey mom stories.
“So often as a mom, you don’t hear all the positive. ‘Oh, you forgot my gloves.’ Or ‘oh, you didn’t bring me this,’” Anderson said. “Well as it progressed, I was finding out that (the kids) really, really appreciated their mom.”
Anderson later expanded her search by reaching out to Olympians, referees and professional players via Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. That’s how she got her favorite story, with Olympic hockey player Mike Eruzione.
She sent him a message on Twitter at around 11 p.m. one night, saying that she would love to hear a story about his mom. He tweeted Anderson back within seconds, Anderson said. She left a voice mail the next day but didn’t expect to hear from him. A few days later, Anderson received a call from an unknown number on her way to the eye doctor. She picked up, and it was Eruzione.
The book also has other hilarious and heartfelt stories from women’s hockey Olympian Natalie Darwitz, hockey official Dave Druk and more. The hardest part for Anderson was not getting some of the interviews with the North Stars that she really wanted.
She hopes the book changes the negative stereotype of the typical hockey mom. Eventually, Anderson wants to write a book about the hockey-soccer mom rivalry or a hockey story from the perspective of a middle school boy.
Though both her hockey-playing children aren’t in teams for the sport, Anderson still loves going to Wild games with her husband and four kids.
“If I disappear, find me at a hockey arena,” Anderson said.
The book received attention from the National Hockey League, the Minnesota Wild and Fox Sports North Network.
The Minnesota Wild are hosting a book party for her during their Nov. 27 game. Discounted tickets are available by visiting BigPondBooks.com and clicking on the “Wild Game/Book Party Tickets” link. That will take you to a Ticketmaster page. There, enter the code “wild” to get tickets for only $30 to $60. Those prices include an autographed copy of Anderson’s book, which you can pick up in the Suite Hospitality Room at a meet-and-greet prior to the game.
Anderson will also hold a book signing at 11 a.m. Dec. 7 at Wolcyn Tree Farms & Nursery in Cambridge, 4542 Highway 95 NW.
Scout and Morgan Books is located at 114 Buchanan St. N. and can be reached at 763-689-2474.