Open Ice : Reflections and Confessions of a Hockey Lifer

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-08-25
  • Publisher: Wiley

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Praise for Jack Falla's Previous Collection of Essays, Home Ice"literary hot chocolate that will warm your heart."The New York Times"While Home Ice may be a book about hockey and the charm of backyard rinks, it is more than that, too. It is a book about relationships-between fathers and sons, husbands and wives-and how the game can bridge the gaps that commonly occur between generations in a family... It's a treasure and one that readers will be happy they searched out. Possibly the best hockey book since Ken Dryden's The Game."The Globe & Mail"A gentle and powerful book."Dave Bidini, Author of Tropic of Hockey and The Best Game You Can NameOpen IceIn this new collection of exquisitely crafted essays, veteran sports writer Jack Falla writes about hockey as he has seen and experienced it over the past fifty years. Reflections on the game, its personalities and arenas, and twenty-five years of commitment to creating his backyard rink are woven into family memories and other fond remembrances.A heartwarming and amusing collection, Open Ice is sure to touch every hockey fan and all those who have grown up loving the game.

Author Biography

Jack Falla is the author of five books, most notably Home Ice, a collection of essays and memoirs that the New York Times’ Robert Lipsyte called “literary hot chocolate that will warm your heart.”

Jack covered the National Hockey League for Sports Illustrated in the 1980s. During that time he combined with SI photographer Heinz Kluetmeier to produce the book Sports Illustrated Hockey.

Jack and his wife Barbara live in Natick, Massachusetts, where, since 1983, they have built a skating rink—the Bacon Street Omni—in their backyard.

He teaches sports journalism at his alma mater, Boston University.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
A Death in Montrealp. 1
Short Shifting in Fantasy Landp. 29
Skating the Rideau Canalp. 41
New Skatesp. 61
Passing the Torchp. 75
"Excuse me, Mr. Delvecchio..."p. 93
Back to the Barnsp. 107
Requiem for the Cucumberp. 131
Much of What I Know about Life I Learned Tending Goalp. 151
The Rink Ratp. 163
Unknockablep. 179
Searching for Hobey Bakerp. 195
Goodbye to the Backyard Rink?p. 221
Acknowledgmentsp. 235
About the Authorp. 240
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