Road to the NHeLL

By Paul Marner & Ghost Writer, Jude MacDonald
Foreword by Doug Gilmour (TBC)


  • Proposed format: jacketed hardcover 6” X 9” followed by a trade paperback
  • Proposed manuscript delivery date: Fall 2019
  • ~80k words with photos from personal collection
  • All rights currently available

Your too small” – “You’ll never make it kid” – “You’d better look out” – “Who do you think you are?”


These are just some of the more printable quotes that Paul Marner, Mitchell Marner’s father heard time and time again about his son, who overcame adversity and focused on what he loved to do most – just play hockey. No matter how high the obstacles, Mitch was courageously determined to focus on what he did best; be a team leader and put up impressive numbers.


The road to the NHL can be pure hell for parents, their athlete child and the entire family. For those parents who believe their child has a chance, it can cost them upwards of $25k per year to put their child through minor hockey. From scandalous coaches, to ill-tempered parents, to team mates who want to take your head off, Paul Marner tells the truth about children’s organised hockey and what every parent needs to know to survive and successfully make it as a pro.


Maple Leafs Records & Achievements

  • 2016-17 season
  • Sets Maple Leafs rookie assists record
  • 2017-18 season
  • Records five-point game to reach 100 career points
  • Maple Leafs top scorer of 2017-18 season
  • Maple Leafs top scorer of 2017-18 playoffs


Major Licencing Deals

  • Intact Insurance www
  • Beats Headphones – Apple’s first hockey player endorsement
  • Chevy Canada’s Good Deeds Cup
  • Red Bull


Mitch Marner’s Social Media:


About Jude MacDonald

Born into an East Coast hockey family with a heart of Maple Leaf blue, Jude’s deep rooted connection to the Leafs only grew from there and eventually took him into the world of internet blogging, holding the role of Head Writer for the website beginning in 2014.


MacDonald wrote stories and interviewed past and present Leafs to then go on to becoming Co-Host of the “Blue & White Tonight” podcast for two seasons with premier guests from across hockey media like Joe Bowen, Craig Button, Bob McKenzie and Paul Marner. He continues to occasionally blog for but his thirst for the game and those involved has led him to fulfillment in the world of books.


He’s written over 50 pieces on Mitch and others. There’s a piece called Welcome to the Jungle which the Maple Leafs organization shared on their media platforms which is the only time they’ve ever done that with another writer or bloggers work outside the team.


Road to the NHeLL by Paul Marner & Ghost Writer, Jude MacDonald is represented by the Kelly Consulting Agency. For more information, please contact Lloyd Kelly at or in the message box below.

Inquire about this title!