It’s the middle of the summer and you’re a hockey fan jonesing for some puck talk to get you through to the fall. Unless you’re an NHL development camp obsessive, it’s not going to be easy. But there is a way to immerse your mind in hockey at this time of year. It’s through an ancient, time-honored method called “book-learnin’”. There’s never any shortage of quality hockey books worth reading, but here’s a short list of a few that ought to be at or near the top of your list:
– The Game, by Ken Dryden. Still the hockey book by which all other hockey books should be judged, Dryden’s masterpiece makes clear that the Hall of Fame goalie was an even better writer than he was an athlete. It teems with incredibly insightful hockey observations and exquisite use of the language, and is an absolute must-read for any fan. Read more
In mid-March, Boston Bruins netminder Tuukka Rask worked with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to delight nine-year-old Maddie Santotuosso, a Boston-area girl fighting a rare tissue cancer, when he visited her at a local sporting goods store and helped her pick out brand new goaltender equipment. The youngster and huge Bruins fan was thrilled to meet one of her idols. (Her story begins at the 9:40 mark of this video.)
However, Rask’s act of kindness didn’t end there. Read more
If Shayne Putzlocher has his way, the movie about the Swift Current Broncos’ rise from tragedy to triumph will be ready by 2016, the 30-year anniversary of the bus accident that killed four players.
Putzlocher is the owner of production company Trilight Entertainment. He received news yesterday that he’s been approved for financing by Telefilm Canada and the Alberta Media Fund for the first stage of film creation. That involves the writing of the first draft of the book Sudden Death, written by Kamloops Daily News sports editor Gregg Drinnan in conjunction with Leesa Culp and Bob Wilkie.
Wilkie was a member of the 1986 Broncos team and was still with the squad two seasons later when it rallied to win the Memorial Cup. Culp witnessed the accident that killed four Broncos players – Trent Kresse, Scott Kruger, Brent Ruff and Chris Mantyka – and was the first on the scene to assist victims.
Hockey parents get a bad rap for boorish behavior, but there’s no questioning their dedication. They’ll drive thousands of clicks every winter to transport their kids to games and tournaments in faraway communities.
Some of the schlepping is done through brutal wintry conditions. At times, we make questionable decisions, proceeding when we should probably postpone, or getting behind the wheel when we’re tired. Maybe we haven’t checked the air pressure in our tires recently, which can be critical for safety on ice and snow.
These are choices we’ve made and we’re accountable for any dire consequences.
But what happens when we entrust our children’s well being during extracurricular transportation to the school system? How assured should we feel that appropriate standards are in place and they’re being regulated and monitored?