Keith the Thief is a memoir about Hall of Fame Philadelphia Flyers coach and general manager Keith Allen. Written by his son, Blake Allen, the book is a collection of stories chronicling 90 years in the life of a Philadelphia sports legend. From Keith’s kitchen table to the back seat of the GM’s car, the book is a series of short, humorous stories that reveal secrets of a Stanley Cup architect’s brilliance through his parenting skills and idiosyncrasies, while highlighting the “Old Time Hockey” philosophy that shaped Keith’s genius in assessing talent which turned an expansion franchise into a champion in just seven years. With the acquisitions of players like Bernie Parent, Bobby Clarke, Bill Barber, Rick MacLeish, Reggie Leach, Mark Howe, and Pelle Lindbergh, he earned the nickname “Keith the Thief.” With a foreword by Ed Snider, and featuring 31 chapters of memories, insights into and reminiscences of Keith Allen the hockey man, the human being and the father, Keith the Thief also contains dozens of previously unpublished photographs from Flyers and family archives.
Buy your copy:
Keith the Thief is available through Cedar Tree Books. This window into Flyers history can be yours for $15: Click here!
Sam Carchidi of Philly.com calls the book a “must read” amongst other kind words – thanks Sam! Read the review.
John Boruk’s interview:
John Boruk at Comcast SportsNet put together a great piece on Blake, the book and his music. Watch it here.
CSN toasts Keith:
Our friends at Comcast SportsNet Philly gave a lovely toast to Keith at his passing in 2014. Read more here.