All Roads Lead to Hockey: Reports from Northern Canada to the Mexican Border

All Roads Lead to Hockey: Reports from Northern Canada to the Mexican Border

All Roads Lead to Hockey: Reports from Northern Canada to the Mexican Border

All Roads Lead to Hockey: Reports from Northern Canada to the Mexican Border

Synopsis

All Roads Lead to Hockey reflects Bill Boyd's lengthy odyssey across the North American continent in search of hockey's roots. From Barrie, Ontario, where he reflects on one of the best junior hockey teams, all the way to Laredo, Texas, where he investigates a thriving Hispanic hockey program, Boyd vividly portrays a transnational pastime. (Texas, it turns out, has more professional hockey teams than any other U. S. state or Canadian province.) All Roads Lead to Hockey features interviews with fans, current players, retired champions, and coaches, including hockey legend Jim Brophy. Through their words, Boyd captures hockey's timeless magic.

Excerpt

SEVERAL YEARS AGO I was struck by a late-middle-age wanderlust coupled with a bewildering curiosity about hockey beyond what was being reported in the large Canadian newspapers and carried on national TV broadcasts. So, crossing the continent in fits and starts, I visited towns where I knew that hockey was or had been important, where it was still a community game and a family could afford to go to the rink without having to mortgage their home. I talked with players and coaches and old players and old coaches and fans, from Glace Bay, the once robust mining center on Cape Breton Island where hockey had been a state religion second only to Roman Catholicism, to Powell River. That’s the mill town on the British Columbia coast whose isolation should have made hockey against the outside world a nonstarter, but whose determination and dedication saw that it didn’t. And in places I went to where hockey was no longer played as it once was, there were still the stories about it that will last as long as hockey is played anywhere.

For this second book I went to fewer places, but spent more time in each of them. I began with a colorful piece of history— . . .

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.