The Goal by Andrew CaddellThe Goal by Andrew Caddell

The Goal

byAndrew Caddell, Dave Stubbs, Caddell Philip

Paperback | December 4, 2015

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"The Goal" is a book about Canada's national sport, hockey, but it goes beyond that. This is not a book of instructions or biographical notes by hockey stars.  This is a book for and by the fans of the sport. The stories are about real people who love to play and watch the game, but they are also allegories about life itself. About trials and tribulation, about determination, kindness, inspiration, excellence, community, fellowship and fairness. In a world in which so-called "old-fashioned values" are seen as just that, this book reminds us there are still bedrock beliefs that knit us in a tiny strand across the enormous country that is Canada.


Andrew Caddell has been a reporter and broad-caster in Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary, St. John's and Geneva, Switzerland and has been published in several Canadian newspapers. He has also worked for the UN in Europe and Asia and for the Government of Canada. He lives in Ottawa and Kamouraska, Quebec. He plays old-timers' hockey twice a wee...
Title:The GoalFormat:PaperbackDimensions:172 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.4 inPublished:December 4, 2015Publisher:Andrew Caddell The GoalLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1928049435

ISBN - 13:9781928049432


Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Collection of Short Stories on Hockey The Goal: Stories about our National Passion is a wonderfully engaging collection of real-life short stories about hockey. The stories written by Andrew Caddell (Ottawa), Dave Stubbs (sports features columnist for the Montreal Gazette) and the late Philip Caddell (Montreal) really bring out the best in human nature with a lot of humour and insight. Most of the stories take place in Montreal, but there are a couple in Kamouraska (Quebec) and Ottawa as well. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, which is a delight for readers of all ages.
Date published: 2015-12-24

Table of Contents

The Goal by Andrew Caddell 1The Playoff by Andrew Caddell 17The Game by Dave Stubbs 29The Black Horse by Philip Caddell 45The Coin by Dave Stubbs 61The Gentleman by Andrew Caddell 69The Voice by Andrew Caddell 87The Kid by Dave Stubbs109La Patinoire by Andrew Caddell115The Rink by Andrew Caddell131

Editorial Reviews

PRAISE FOR THE GOAL"There's a sweet wistfulness to many of the stories in The Goal. They hearken back to a simpler time, when people played shinny on backyard rinks. In The Rink, Caddell describes the first backyard rink he built, as a boy, in the winter of 1963-complete with bumps and hills-and the rinks he built years later for his children Jack and Emily. The backyard skating rink is "not gold, but silver," he writes. "It can't be held in your hand, yet its memory will remain in your heart for many years. There are days you might curse it and others you will worship it."Susan Schwartz, Features Editor, The Montreal Gazette"Sports aficionados, Andrew Caddell, Dave Stubbs and the late Philip Caddell, have crafted a delightful collection of short stories on Canada's national sport. The ten stories in The Goal are, according to the authors, all true. That may well be, but the skillful prose of these writers intimates at times a tinge of nostalgic skating around the real events, putting The Goal on par with the best of Canadian hockey story-telling, both fiction and non-fiction."The Ottawa Review of Books"The stories in the book range from the 1935 Stanley Cup to the present day. This is a great read. I had trouble putting it down and completed it in one sitting. I loved Andrew Caddell's anecdotes about growing up in Montreal West and playing on the outdoor rinks, the feeling about being in his first championship game and recalling the bond he formed with teammates like Dugie Ross more than 50 years ago."Mike Cohen, The Surburban, Montreal"This is very much a fan's-eye view of hockey, testifying to the sport's deep roots in the national psyche and capturing with great warmth how a love of the game is born and how it gets passed from one generation to the next."Ian McGillis, Literary Features Columnist, The Montreal Gazette"The stories are timeless and are as enjoyable to today's hockey fan just as they were to the hockey fans of the period about which the stories were written. In Andrew's stories we see his personal love of the game through "The Goal" and "The Playoff", the tradition of the back yard/community outdoor hockey rink in so many Canadian towns/cities in "La Patinoire" and "The Rink" and his respect for two true legends of the game in Canada; the late Danny Gallivan in "The Voice" and the late Jean Beliveau in "The Gentleman."John Poulter, More Than A Fan sports website"I have always said that you cannot truly understand a country until you understand the sport it plays most passionately. This, then, is more than a book about hockey-it is about the very soul of Canada."Roy MacGregor, Globe and Mail Columnist and bestselling author of Home Team: Fathers, Sons and Hockey (shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award)"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 has worshipped a hockey hero or played the game at any level."Roger Smith, former CTV News correspondent"As a young immigrant from Vietnam, I would watch the Canadian boys take to the ice every winter. Their energy. passion and teamwork inspired me to believe that Canada was a country where everyone could be part of the "team." Reading The Goal brought back that time for me. Every new immigrant child should read this collection of very enjoyable stories."Caroline Vu, author of Palawan Story andThat Summer in Provincetown