Tropic Of Hockey

Tropic Of Hockey

If ever there was a suspicion that hockey in the tropics lacked credibility, Darwin's hockey name dispelled it. Like Doggie Kuhn, King Kwong, Newsy Lalonde, hockey players in the. Taffy Had a Sweet Tooth 31.

Author: Dave Bidini

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

ISBN: 9781551996745

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 312

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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.
Categories: Sports & Recreation

Canadian Hockey Literature

Canadian Hockey Literature

22 Klein and Reif, The Death of Hockey, 6. ... For these fans, hockey is not a natural – as in self-understood – entertainment option. ... 32 Bidini, Tropic of Hockey, 196; Callaghan, 'The Game That Makes a Nation,' 51, 53.

Author: Jason Blake

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 9780802097132

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 281

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Hockey occupies a prominent place in the Canadian cultural lexicon, as evidenced by the wealth of hockey-centred stories and novels published within Canada. In this exciting new work, Jason Blake takes readers on a thematic journey through Canadian hockey literature, examining five common themes - nationhood, the hockey dream, violence, national identity, and family - as they appear in hockey fiction. Blake examines the work of such authors as Mordecai Richler, David Adams Richards, Paul Quarrington, and Richard B. Wright, arguing that a study of contemporary hockey fiction exposes a troubled relationship with the national sport. Rather than the storybook happy ending common in sports literature of previous generations, Blake finds that today's fiction portrays hockey as an often-glorified sport that in fact leads to broken lives and ironic outlooks. The first book to focus exclusively on hockey in print, Canadian Hockey Literature is an accessible work that challenges popular perceptions of a much-beloved national pastime.
Categories: Sports & Recreation

101 Letters to a Prime Minister

101 Letters to a Prime Minister

You're a big hockey fanand Tropic of Hockey: My Search for the Game in Unlikely Places by Dave Bidini is all about hockey. But I'd say it's a cut above most hockey books because it's written by someone who (a) has the game in his blood, ...

Author: Yann Martel

Publisher: Vintage Canada

ISBN: 9780307402080

Category: Political Science

Page: 480

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From the mailbox of the Prime Minister's Office to your bookshelf, a list of more than 100 books that every Canadian should read. This largely one-sided correspondence from the "loneliest book club in the world" is a compendium for bibliophiles and those who follow the Canadian political scene. Smart, subversive, signed, sealed, and now available to you...even if your address is not 80 Wellington Street.
Categories: Political Science

Now You Know Big Book of Sports

Now You Know Big Book of Sports

The first two games in the spanking new National Hockey League were played on December 19, 1917. ... The story goes that Mrs. Leeds invoked the Devil during a very • Tropic of Hockey: My Search for the Game in Unlikely Places by Dave ...

Author: Doug Lennox

Publisher: Dundurn

ISBN: 1770705872

Category: Reference

Page: 536

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Ever wonder where the figure skating terms axel, salchow, and lutz came from? Or why a curling tournament is called a "brier"? And how about a "haymaker" in boxing or a "high five" in any sport? Well, Doug Lennox, the world champion of trivia, is back to score touchdowns, hit homers, and knock in holes-in-one every time with a colossal compendium of Q&A athletics that has all anyone could possibly want to know from archery and cycling to skiing and wrestling and everything in between. What’s more, Doug goes for gold with a wealth of Winter and Summer Olympics lore and legend that will amaze and captivate armchair fans and fervent competitors alike. What do the five Olympic rings and their colours represent? Why does the winner of the Indianapolis 500 drink milk in victory lane? Who was the first player ever to perform a slam dunk in a basketball game? Why are golfers’ shortened pants called "plus-fours"? When was the Stanley Cup not awarded? Why does the letter k signify a strikeout on a baseball score sheet? Where is the world’s oldest tennis court?
Categories: Reference

Bobby Orr and Me

Bobby Orr and Me

Stephen Leacock: "Hockey captures the essence of Canadian experience in the New World. ... my hockey bag stuffed in the trunk like a dead antelope, ... from The Tropic of Hockey: My Search For The Game In Unlikely Places by Dave Bidini ...

Author: Martin Avery

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 9780557036929

Category:

Page: 359

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Martin Avery reflects on the place of hockey in the Canadian soul. Bobby Orr And Me flows from Avery's boyhood games in the Muskoka/Parry Sound region in the heart of Canada and it examines the globalization of hockey. Part memoir, part essay on national identity, part hockey history, Hockey Dreams is a meditation by a Canadian author on the essence of the game that helps define our nation.
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Now You Know Absolutely Everything

Now You Know Absolutely Everything

Underworld) penned a hockey novel under the pseudonym Cleo Birdwell? The book, published in 1980, ... Tropic of Hockey:My Search for theGame in UnlikelyPlaces by Dave Bidini (2000). • Putting a Roof on Winter: Hockey's Rise from Sport.

Author: Doug Lennox

Publisher: Dundurn

ISBN: 9781459724785

Category: Reference

Page: 4588

View: 196

This bundle presents Doug Lennox’s popular trivia book series in its entirety. These books will provide years and years of fun, with countless questions to be asked and tons of knowledge to be learned. The books cover general trivia but also such topics as sports (baseball, hockey, football, golf, soccer, among others), Christmas and the Bible, disasters and harsh weather, royal figures, crime and criminology, important people in Canada’s history, and so much more! Along the way we find out the answers to such questions as: Why do the British drive on the left and North Americans on the right? What football team was named after a Burt Reynolds character? Who started the first forensics laboratory? Which member of the British royal family competed at the Olympics? Lennox’s exhaustive series is fun for all ages. Includes Now You Know Now You Know More Now You Know Almost Everything Now You Know, Volume 4 Now You Know Big Book of Answers Now You Know Christmas Now You Know Big Book of Answers 2 Now You Know Golf Now You Know Hockey Now You Know Soccer Now You Know Football Now You Know Big Book of Sports Now You Know Baseball Now You Know Crime Scenes Now You Know Extreme Weather Now You Know Disasters Now You Know Pirates Now You Know Royalty Now You Know Canada’s Heroes Now You Know The Bible
Categories: Reference

The Fastest Game in the World

The Fastest Game in the World

The Tropic of Hockey: My Search for the Game in Unlikely Places. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 2000. Billings, Andrew C., James Angelini, and Paul J. MacArthur. Olympic Television: Broadcasting the Biggest Show on Earth.

Author: Bruce Berglund

Publisher: University of California Press

ISBN: 9780520303737

Category: History

Page: 341

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Played on frozen ponds in cold northern lands, hockey seemed an especially unlikely game to gain a global following. But from its beginnings in the nineteenth century, the sport has drawn from different cultures and crossed boundaries––between Canada and the United States, across the Atlantic, and among different regions of Europe. It has been a political flashpoint within countries and internationally. And it has given rise to far-reaching cultural changes and firmly held traditions. The Fastest Game in the World is a global history of a global sport, drawing upon research conducted around the world in a variety of languages. From Canadian prairies to Swiss mountain resorts, Soviet housing blocks to American suburbs, Bruce Berglund takes readers on an international tour, seamlessly weaving in hockey’s local, national, and international trends. Written in a lively style with wide-ranging breadth and attention to telling detail, The Fastest Game in the World will thrill both the lifelong fan and anyone who is curious about how games intertwine with politics, economics, and culture.
Categories: History

Culture the State Nationalisms

Culture   the State  Nationalisms

As Dave Bidini's Tropic of Hockey shows, in the case of hockey the local and global have come together in ways that might well astonish the hockey traditionalist. Bidini's quest for the game “in unlikely places” was inspired by a sense ...

Author: Gabrielle Eva Marie Zezulka-Mailloux

Publisher: CRC Studio

ISBN: 9781551951492

Category: Culture

Page: 269

View: 713

Categories: Culture

Now You Know Giant Sports Trivia Bundle

Now You Know     Giant Sports Trivia Bundle

Tropic of Hockey:My Searchforthe Game inUnlikely Places byDave Bidini (2000). • Putting a Roof on Winter: Hockey's Rise from Sport to Spectacle by Michael McKinley(2000). Short Shelf ofFine HockeyFiction Boxing has Fat City (Leonard ...

Author: Doug Lennox

Publisher: Dundurn

ISBN: 9781459724754

Category: Reference

Page: 1320

View: 525

Presenting five books in the popular and exhaustive trivia series. This one’s for the sports buff in the family! Doug Lennox, the world champion of trivia, is back to score touchdowns, hit homers, win the golden boot, and knock in holes-in-one every time with a colossal compendium of Q&A athletics that has all anyone could possibly want to know from archery and cycling to skiing and wrestling and everything in between. Why does the winner of the Indianapolis 500 drink milk in victory lane? Who was the first player ever to perform a slam dunk in a basketball game? Why are golfers’ shortened pants called "plus-fours"? When was the Stanley Cup not awarded? Why does the letter k signify a strikeout on a baseball score sheet? Where is the world’s oldest tennis court? What’s more, Doug goes for gold with a wealth of Winter and Summer Olympics lore and legend that will amaze and captivate armchair fans and fervent competitors alike. Includes Now You Know Golf Now You Know Hockey Now You Know Soccer Now You Know Football Now You Know Baseball
Categories: Reference

Global Sports

Global Sports

Tropic of Hockey: My Search For the Game in Unlikely Places (Toronto, Canada:The Lyons Press, 2004). Basically, Bidini authored a humorous and cultural exposition of people and how they play the game in such nations as the Philippines ...

Author: Frank P. Jozsa

Publisher: World Scientific

ISBN: 9789812835703

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 332

View: 312

This interesting book discusses the emergence and development of five extremely popular team sports OCo baseball, basketball, football-soccer, ice hockey and cricket OCo since the 1800s in 15 different countries. It addresses some of the most provocative, recent and unique economic and business issues associated with team sports in the various nations. For example, to what extent has each of these spectator sports prospered as industries, and will they expand into other regions of the world during the early to mid-2000s? This book answers these questions, and compares the performances of each country''s amateur, semiprofessional and/or professional sports leagues and their respective teams by providing detailed statistics and other relevant historical information."
Categories: Sports & Recreation