The Country and the Game: 30,000 Miles of Hockey Stories (Hardcover)

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A joyful, beautifully written tribute to Canada's most salient features--hockey and geography.

In the waning days of the pandemic, sportswriter Ronnie Shuker stuffed his skates, sticks, and backpack into his faithful automobile, Gumpy, named for legendary goaltender Gump Worsley, and set off on a 30,000-mile, coast-to-coast-to-coast investigation of the many ways hockey touches the lives of Canadians.

From St. John's, home of hockey's most colorful father-son combo, to a frigid barn in Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories, and the world's largest hockey stick in Duncan, British Columbia, Shuker goes in search of people and places where Canada and hockey intersect on the road. Along the way, he hits famous sites of hockey lore, from the cradle of the game in Windsor, Nova Scotia, to Brantford, Ontario, where streets, highways, schools, and much else bear the name Gretzky, to Vancouver, site of the infamous 1994 and 2011 Canuck riots. But he also finds the game in unlikely places--crash sites, greenhouses, houseboats, memorials, backyard halls of fame, even a Hutterite colony--where a seemingly endless and always engaging cast of characters, including pros, semi-pros, beer-league veterans, family and fans, share unforgettable stories of how pucks have dented their lives.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781990823879
ISBN-10: 1990823874
Publisher: Sutherland House Books
Publication Date: October 8th, 2024
Pages: 200
Language: English