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Justin Abdelkader authors his own children’s book

Shoot for the Goal
Shoot for the Goal: The Justin Abdelkader Story is a children's book written by Justin Abdelkader of the Detroit Red Wings.

Justin Abdelkader has turned his life story into a children’s book.

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The Michigan native and Red Wings forward shared the news of his book titled “Shoot For The Goal: The Justin Abdelkader Story” from his Instagram account.

The story follows a young hockey player from Michigan who grows up dreaming of playing for the Red Wings and goes over the steps he took to make that dream a reality.

Here’s what Abdelkader had to say on Instagram about the book:

“Excited to finally share the project I have been working on, a children’s book about a boy from the west side of Michigan who had dreams of playing for the Detroit Red Wings. It has been so much fun reflecting on my childhood and all the obstacles that brought me to where I am today. This book is so special to me not only because it goes through my journey as a hockey player/student, but because I get to further my passion for children and reading through Abby’s All Stars by giving them one more book to read! 📚Follow along for details on how to get your copy and signings I’ll be doing for “Shoot For The Goal” as well. Hope you guys enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it!”

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Excited to finally share the project I have been working on, a children’s book about a boy from the west side of Michigan who had dreams of playing for the Detroit Red Wings. It has been so much fun reflecting on my childhood & all the obstacles that brought me to where I am today. This book is so special to me not only because it goes through my journey as a hockey player/student, but because I get to further my passion for children & reading through Abby’s All Stars by giving them one more book to read! 📚Follow along for details on how to get your copy & signings I’ll be doing for “Shoot For The Goal” as well. Hope you guys enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it!

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Justin Abdelkader spoke with ABC 7 WXYZ’s Justin Rose about his motivation for writing the book.

“I just thought with my story, being from Michigan, always being a Red Wing fan, I thought that it was unique and I wanted to tell it,” Abdelkader said.

“It was fun to put this book together. Really it’s things that I dealt with throughout my career and getting to the NHL. So I thought it would be good to share and I know all kids have goals and dreams to do different things and there’s going to be obstacles and things that get in your way,” Abdelkader added.

You can watch the entire clip in the tweet embedded below:

The proceeds from “Shoot for the goal” are being tied into Abdelkader’s reading program, Abby’s All-Stars.

Physical copies of the book are available at the Red Wings team store outside of Little Caesars Arena or Hockeytown Authentics in Troy. You can also purchase a digital copy from Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

 

 

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