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

Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Editorial Reviews

Journal of the West

"Boyd's book is both an enjoyable reader for fans of the game and a fascinating look into sport's effect on regional culture. If you happen to be interested in both facets, you can't go wrong."—Journal of the West

— Steven L. Danver

Books in Canada
“Excellent. . . . A marvelous read.”—Books in Canada.
Calgary Sun
"Bill Boyd has chronicled the magic of this uniquely Canadian voyage of discovery."—Calgary Sun
Sports Literature Association

"Boyd's book is full of anecdotes, and they come through with color as he allows his subjects tell their stories. But he is not just a Boswell copying down the wisdom of the Johnsons of the hockey world such as Brophy and Mason. He has a subtle literary way about him, capturing general trends through a few specific instances and repetitions."—Brett Conway, Sports Literature Association

— Brett Conway

Regina Leader Post
"This is a purely enjoyable book that will put more than one smile on your face."—Regina Leader Post
Sports Literature Association - Brett Conway
"Boyd's book is full of anecdotes, and they come through with color as he allows his subjects tell their stories. But he is not just a Boswell copying down the wisdom of the Johnsons of the hockey world such as Brophy and Mason. He has a subtle literary way about him, capturing general trends through a few specific instances and repetitions."—Brett Conway, Sports Literature Association
Journal of the West - Steven L. Danver
"Boyd's book is both an enjoyable reader for fans of the game and a fascinating look into sport's effect on regional culture. If you happen to be interested in both facets, you can't go wrong."—Journal of the West
Calgary Sun

"Bill Boyd has chronicled the magic of this uniquely Canadian voyage of discovery."—Calgary Sun

Regina Leader Post

"This is a purely enjoyable book that will put more than one smile on your face."—Regina Leader Post

Books in Canada

“Excellent. . . . A marvelous read.”—Books in Canada.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803262522
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2006
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 228
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill Boyd has covered the Olympic Games and the World Hockey Championships for print and television. As a news reporter and editor, he has worked across Canada and abroad. He is the author of the best-selling Hockey Towns: Stories of Small Town Hockey in Canada.
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