Tropic of Hockey: My Search for the Game in Unlikely Places by Dave Bidini

Tropic of Hockey: My Search for the Game in Unlikely Places

byDave Bidini

Paperback | September 18, 2001

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One hot afternoon in 1998, Dave Bidini – who loves hockey, watches it, plays it, and breathes it – found the Stanley Cup final so tedious to watch that at one point he clicked channels to Martha Stewart – and never switched back. This made him wonder where in the world the game might exist free of the complications of professional sport. He set out to find the tropic of hockey.

His quest took him to a rink on the seventh storey of a mall in Hong Kong – a rink encircled by a dragon-headed roller coaster – and to the gritty city of Harbin in northern China, where a version of hockey has been played for 600 years; to Dubai in the desert of the United Emirates, where hockey is brand new and incredulous Bedouin drop by the Al Ain rink to touch the ice; and to Transylvania, where the game is a war between Romanians and ethnic Hungarians, who were introduced to hockey by a 1929 newsreel of Canadians chasing the puck.

Bidini’s encounters with odd-sized rinks and players of wildly different talents and experiences have inspired him to interweave his stories of hockey in unlikely places with funny and eyebrow-raising stories about places and players back in Canada. As a bonus, readers are also treated to some striking observations about the game, its fans, and the testosterone, the profanity, and the moments of grace that enrich it.

About The Author

Author and musician Dave Bidini is the only person to have been nominated for a Gemini, Genie and Juno as well CBC's Canada Reads. A founding member of Rheostatics, he has written 10 books, including On a Cold Road, Tropic of Hockey, Around the World in 57 1/2 Gigs, and Home and Away. He has made two Gemini Award-nominated documentarie...

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Title:Tropic of Hockey: My Search for the Game in Unlikely PlacesFormat:PaperbackPublished:September 18, 2001Publisher:McClelland & StewartLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0771014589

ISBN - 13:9780771014581

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Canadians like to think of hockey as a national phenomenon, but Tropic of Hockey shows that the game has put down roots in some of the most unlikely places in the world. Dave Bidini, author of the acclaimed On a Cold Road, is a lifelong hockey fan, but one day finds himself turning off the TV with the Stanley Cup finals in disgust. He is horrified at the current state of the sport. Still a believer in the spirit of the game, he sets out on a world expedition to discover unlikely places where hockey exists in its purest form. From China to Transylvania, the scenes he witnesses convince him that the genuine, idiosyncratic and proudly local spirit of hockey is alive and well.

Editorial Reviews

“One of the best books on the game this country has seen since Ken Dryden’s The Game…conversational, compelling, funny and raw. Not to mention literate and studied.”
National Post

“This year’s best hockey book”
Globe and Mail

“By travelling the world…Bidini renews his faith in this Canadian game. And with it, ours.”

“…stands above the bookshelf in terms of page-turning imagination.”
Toronto Star