Prime minister authors hockey book

TORONTO -- Stephen Harper says he had to "settle" for being prime minister instead of playing professional hockey.

In his youth, Canada's prime minister played for the Leaside Lions, a Toronto team. He tells the Toronto television station City he scored only three goals in three years and wasn't "the great player people remember."

Harper has written a hockey book titled "A Great Game: The Forgotten Leafs & The Rise of Professional Hockey." He says he started it nine years ago as a way to escape the pressures of politics.

While he wouldn't rule out another book, Harper has picked up another hobby for now: music. He performed a seven-song set Sunday night at a Toronto fundraiser in his honor.

He tells the morning talk show Breakfast Television that meeting deadlines "in the last year or so was a bit of pressure on top of the job, so I'm spending my spare time now doing a bit of music instead."