Blind Squirrel

By Dave Mishkin

Noah Nicholson has a gift. He is blessed with extraordinary hand-eye coordination. This gift has helped him build a successful career as a minor-league hockey player. But Noah is damaged; his parents died in a car accident when he was twelve, and he has dealt with mental health issues ever since. It’s only after Noah loses his gift in a career-ending injury that he is able to begin the healing process.

Readers will meet indelible characters: Noah’s mother, cerebral and mentally tough; his good-natured, even-keeled father; his crusty grandmother, who has a soft spot for Boston’s sports teams; his effervescent, talented, Russian-born teammate, who becomes Noah’s mentee; an orange cat whose meow doesn’t have an ‘m’; an eleven-year-old girl who looks like Pippi Longstocking; and the pediatric dentist with a sense of humor and a crooked smile who makes her way past Noah’s defenses and captures his heart. Then, of course, there is Noah himself. Smart, selfless, and silently struggling. We cheer for Noah, but unlike the fans who come to watch him play, it is not in appreciation of his singular, one-of-a-kind gift. Instead, we cheer for Noah because he is plainly, ordinarily human.

“… Mish has crafted a touching and compelling novel as moving as one of his iconic goal calls.”
–Jon Cooper, Stanley Cup-winning head coach with Tampa Bay Lightning
“… a gripping story involving endearing protagonists, sure to entertain you and warm your heart.”
–Julien BriseBois, Stanley Cup-winning general manager with
Tampa Bay Lightning
“A terrific story that I enjoyed very much. People are going to love it.”
–Phil Esposito, Founder of Tampa Bay Lightning and member of
Hockey Hall of Fame


Meet the Author

Dave Mishkin


Dave Mishkin has been the radio play-by-play broadcaster for the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning since 2002. Before that, he spent eleven years as a broadcaster in hockey’s minor leagues. Eight of those were in Hershey, Pennsylvania, where much of this novel takes place. He is a 1991 graduate of Yale University. Blind Squirrel is his first novel.

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