Dit Reviews Roll In!

Two of Hockey’s most prominent book reviewers have both gven DIT, Dit Clapper and the Rise of the Boston Bruins positive reviews.

In his latest Hockey Book Reviews.com Joe Pelletier states:

“Not only is this text the leading biographical look at one of hockey’s all time greats in Dit Clapper, but is is also an in depth look at hockey history from this era. Boston Bruin fans in particular will appreciate this text, but any hockey fan searching for a better understanding of the NHL’s early years will want to read this book.”


In TheHockeyWriters.com Bob Mand writes:

“The book excels in delivering frequent and detailed passages relating to  specific events in Clappers life: HIs career threatening calf injury in January 1942, his remarkable altercation with then-referee (and eventual NHL President) Clarence Campbell in March of 1937 and many more.”

Please note that Dit is available at Amazon.com or at book stores in Cambellford, Peterborough, Cobourg and Port Hope, Ontario.



Presentation at the Society for International Hockey Research

Stewart Richardson will be one of the speakers at the Society for International Hockey Research Annual Meeting in Orillia on October 20th. There will be a meet and greet on Friday night and then a day of research presentations at the Leacock Museum on Saturday.

Stewart will bediscussing the process of writing the book and will also talk about Dit Clapper Day in Hastings. This SIHR event will provide an opportunity to officially announce the book launch.

From this coming Monday (October 8th) “Dit: Dit Clapper and the Rise of the Boston Bruins” should be available on Amazon.ca, through a listing added by Hastings Used Books.

Stewarts book is currently available on amazon.com at this location


Street Naming Ceremony and Dinner Honouring Dit

Dit Clapper

Hall of Fame Bruin, Dit Clapper


Dit Clapper is going to get the recognition he deserves this August, in his home town of Hastings, Ontario.

First, at 4:00 pm, August 11th, 2012 he will have a street named after him. The current Water Street, which runs along the south shore of the Trent River and also past the site of the Clapper home will be renamed Dit Clapper Drive.

The naming ceremony will be highlighted by the unveiling of the street sign and there will be a short presentation just outside of the Hastings Village Marina.

Later in the evening, at 5:30 pm, the doors to the Civic Center will be opened and there will be a celebratory dinner starting at 6:30. Speakers will include Greg Theberge, Dit’s grandson and Stewart Richardson, author of the soon to be released “Dit Clapper and the Rise of the Boston Bruins.” There will be some early film footage shown, and lots of photographs of Dit both on and off the ice. The Hastings Historical Society is organizing the dinner and is still in discussion with additional speakers. There may be some surprises to come. It looks like a dozen members of Dits family will be in attendance to enjoy the honour.

A raffle will be held and among the top prizes is a donated, collectors edition of “Full 60 to History: The Inside Story of the 2011 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins.” This book is one of a limited edition of only 500 copies, was available last year for pre-order for $479.99 and includes:

  • Autographs from contributing writer and players: Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara, Peter Chiarelli, Andrew Ference, Cam Neely, Mark Recchi, Tim Thomas and Shawn Thornton.
  • Piece of game-used net from all home games of the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs
  • Replica engraving of the Stanley Cup
  • A piece of the Championship flag flown over the Berkeley Building during the Bruins Rolling Rally Championship Parade
  • Commemorative Opening Night ticket
  • Limited edition presentation box and leather book cover

Additional items in the raffle will be a replica Dit Clapper jersey, copies of Stewart’s book on Dit Clapper and other items yet to be announced.

There are only going to be 100 seats available for the dinner. Invitations have gone out to various sports personalities including local Boston Bruin alumni. A guaranteed good time is assured and this may well be one of the most memorable dinners to be held in Hastings, or Trent Hills in years.

For ongoing information, check back here, the Hastings Historical Society Dit Clapper Celebration page or the Dit Clapper Facebook page.

Writing the Book

Since 2009,we have been conducting research and interviews with Dit’s family, friends, former teammates and those he coached. In addition to a pile of notes we have amassed a volume of information, photographs and archival video footage. Not everything would fit into the book, because most people aren’t interested in buying a four hundred page volume about a hockey legend form the 1920′ – 1940′s. But it would be a crime to keep this stuff hidden away. so we will be using this website to let the light of day shine on some of it.

Before we get onto that, we do want to let you know a little bit about ourselves. Maybe you are wondering what kind of people have the temerity to write biographies of towering sports celebrities. Well, Stewart lives in Cobourg, Ontario. He is a member of the Hastings Historical Society (Dit’s home town) where he is often called upon to present papers on local historical issues. Stewart is also an avid hockey fan as well as a member of the Society for International Hockey Research (SIHR). He co-authored a book about pallets (Pallets – A North American Perspective) with Rick LeBlanc, based on hard won knowledge gained running his consulting company. He also regularly writes trade association newsletters.

Rick LeBlanc lives in White Rock, British Columbia. Rick is a professional writer and blogger, who currently works on a contract basis for the New York Time’s About.com division, as well as being the editor of two industry trade periodicals. He, along with Stewart Richardson, co-authored Pallets – A North American Perspective. He is also a member of the Society for International Hockey Research.

Both of us are avid hockey fans. So what qualifies us to write the Dit Clapper story? I guess it comes down to a real and abiding love of the game, and a driving need to see the story come out. For a player who dominated his era for a full twenty years, there is actually very little information available about Dit. And no books based on original material. There was a book published in 2011, but as stated in the books description, it “primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online.”

Having come from the small town of Hastings, Dit’s home for most of his life, Stewart knew of this local hero and wanted to see the story told, properly and accurately. I guess that’s reason enough to start this project. A man like Dit, greatly loved by friends, family and fans and hugely respected by peers and everyone he came into contact with, deserves to have his story told. I hope we are equal to the task.