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Stories about Our National Passion
Revised and Expanded Edition
Andrew Caddell and Dave Stubbs
“I have always maintained that you cannot understand a country until you understand the game it plays most passionately. This, then, is more than a book about hockey—it is about the very soul of Canada.” —Roy MacGregor, author of Home Team
“You can feel the cold and hear the cut of skates on a backyard rink—these stories about one family’s love of the game will resonate with anyone who’s worshipped a hockey hero or played the game at any level.” —Roger Smith, former CTV News reporter
“[The authors] have a clear gift for spinning yarns and capturing the experience of playing hockey in Canada; readers will feel as though they themselves were thrust into the cold that penetrates goalies’ legs as they stand guard, helpless against the wind coming in off the St. Lawrence River.” —The Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph
Hockey is not only Canada’s national pastime but its enduring passion. In this collection of fourteen real-life stories, authors Andrew Caddell and Dave Stubbs explore the many different sides of the game. In “The Girl” you’ll meet a young woman who helped pave the way for the stars of today’s women’s game, while in “The Gentleman” a spinster aunt’s lifelong wish comes true when she meets Habs superstar Jean Béliveau. “The Rink” details the uniquely Canadian fascination with creating the perfect backyard skating surface, while in “The Nation” Andrew Caddell ponders the age-old question: Can a lifelong Canadiens fan embrace Leafs nation? Ten other stories add nuance and depth to this compelling look at our national game.
About the Authors: ANDREW CADDELL has worked as a reporter and broadcaster as well as for the federal government and the UN. He plays old-timers’ hockey twice a week, and is a sometime goaltender. DAVE STUBBS, for many years a columnist and sportswriter with the Montreal Gazette, now writes an online column and serves as historian-in-residence for NHL.com.