stan + spockH is for Hawk: Stan Mikita was leading the NHL in scoring in the winter of 1964 when his wife, Jill, gave birth to the couple’s first child, a daughter named Meg. A week later he was on duty in the nursery, consulting (for a photographer’s benefit, at least) Dr. Benjamin Spock’s Baby and Child Care, originally published in 1946. “It’s important for fathers to talk about all of their feelings,” the good doctor writes on page 18 of the book’s ninth edition, born in 2012. “When they do, they often find that the negative emotions (fear, jealousy) shift aside, allowing the positive ones (excitement, connection) to come forward.”

books that hockey players read: stan mikita and dr. spock