The author of The Moccasin Goalie is William Roy Brownridge. He was born in Rosetown, Saskatchewan in 1932. He was the youngest of five children.
Bill was born with Spina Bifida and club feet. Spina Bifida is a birth defect where parts of the spinal cord and nerves do not develop properly.
When he was still a boy his health conditions got worse. Doctors had to amputate one of his legs. He was not able to move around very well and had to sit for long periods of time. He began to pass the time by drawing and painting. Through his art he began to see that he could become more independent.
Mr. Brownridge always loved hockey. He loved hockey because it was a lot of fun. But there are many other qualities to the game that he believes are even more important. Hockey taught Mr. Brownridge about the problems of bullying and cheating. He also learned about courage, determination, patience and discipline. He learned about selflessness and how to be a team player.
Learn more about the author William Roy Brownridge and see his
artwork at www.heartofhockey.com.