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OPEN ICE

In this new collection of exquisitely crafted essays, veteran sports writer Jack Falla writes about hockey as he has seen and experienced it over the past fifty years. Reflections on the game, its personalities and arenas, and twenty-five years of commitment to creating his backyard rink are woven into family memories and other fond remembrances.

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OPEN ICE

In this new collection of exquisitely crafted essays, veteran sports writer Jack Falla writes about hockey as he has seen and experienced it over the past fifty years. Reflections on the game, its personalities and arenas, and twenty-five years of commitment to creating his backyard rink are woven into family memories and other fond remembrances.

A heartwarming and amusing collection, Open Ice is sure to touch every hockey fan and all those who have grown up loving the game.

Praise for Jack Falla's Previous Collection of Essays, Home Ice

"literary hot chocolate that will warm your heart."
—The New York Times

"While Home Ice may be a book about hockey and the charm of backyard rinks, it is more than that, too. It is a book about relationships—between fathers and sons, husbands and wives—and how the game can bridge the gaps that commonly occur between generations in a family... It's a treasure and one that readers will be happy they searched out. Possibly the best hockey book since Ken Dryden's The Game."
—The Globe & Mail

"A gentle and powerful book."
Dave Bidini, Author of Tropic of Hockey and The Best Game You Can Name

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Praise for Jack Falla’s Previous Collection of Essays, Home Ice

“literary hot chocolate that will warm your heart.”

The New York Times

“While Home Ice may be a book about hockey and the charm of backyard rinks, it is more than that, too. It is a book about relationships—between fathers and sons, husbands and wives—and how the game can bridge the gaps that commonly occur between generations in a family... It’s a treasure and one that readers will be happy they searched out. Possibly the best hockey book since Ken Dryden’s The Game.”

The Globe & Mail

“Hockey’s foremost writer poses the essential question: ‘Have you ever been unhappy skating?’ That question could be answered with another question: ‘Have you ever been unhappy reading Jack Falla?’ Never. If Falla and his fellow rink-makers belong to the ‘lunatic fringe,’ then count me in. Never has lunacy been so much fun to read about.”

The Hockey News

“What a wonderful shock to open a book and for a fantastical moment think that the writer had you in mind when he created it... I read Home Ice and saw my life come alive on the page...”

Bostonia Magazine

“... a collection of essays that are a mix of the celestial (the poignant family moments) and the terrestrial (the how-to grunt work of actual rink building.)”

Boston Globe

“Falla’s rink (and this book) enlivens the darkness and cold and pays homage to the New England cultural heritage.”

Christian Science Monitor

“A gentle and powerful book.”

Dave Bidini, Author of Tropic of Hockey and The Best Game You Can Name

Praise for Jack Falla’s Hockey Novel, Saved

“Sportswriter Falla knows a lot about hockey, and this novel is a hilarious look at how players, coaches and owners get through a grueling season in their quest for the trophy…. Falla’s graphic portrayal of a violent sport (and its colorful players) and his insider’s view of how hockey is played, coached and officiated is exciting, surefire entertainment.”

From the Publishers Weekly Starred Review

“Falla covered the NHL for Sports Illustrated for many years, and he clearly understands the league, its players, and its idiosyncracies. He also loves hockey. The flashbacks of kids playing on natural ice during frozen New England winters are heartfelt and genuine. Most novels with a sports backdrop seem forced; seldom do the authors get the ‘sports’ part right. To borrow a hockey term, Falla records a hat trick: he scores on character, plot, and setting. This reads as realistically as if it were a memoir.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470153055
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/29/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack Falla is the author of five books, most notably Home Ice, a collection of essays and memoirs that the New York Times' Robert Lipsyte called “literary hot chocolate that will warm your heart.”
Jack covered the National Hockey League for Sports Illustrated in the 1980s. During that time he combined with SI photographer Heinz Kluetmeier to produce the book Sports Illustrated Hockey.
Jack and his wife Barbara live in Natick, Massachusetts, where, since 1983, they have built a skating rink—the Bacon Street Omni—in their backyard.
He teaches sports journalism at his alma mater, Boston University.
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Table of Contents

Preface.

A Death in Montreal.

Short Sifting in Fantasy Land.

Skating the Rideau Canal.

New Skates.

Passing the Torch.

"Excuse me, Mr. Delvecchio..."

Back to the Barns.

Requiem for the Cucumber.

Much of What I know about Life I Learned Tending Goal.

The Rink Rat.

Unknockable.

Searching for Hobey Baker.

Goodbye to the Backyard Rink?

Acknowledgments.

About the Author.

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    Posted October 5, 2012

    The gathering area

    This is where cats gather to share tongues and get freash kill. The clearing is below the highrock and all the dens circle around it.

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    I was reluctant to read this book for the author is a Boston native and I have always lacked access to a backyard rink. But Falla comes highly recommended from the only hockey writer on ESPN who knows hockey (Buccigross), so I caved and I'm glad I did. Falla may not be the best writer in the world, but his story-telling style sucks you in. I think even the casual hockey fan would appreciate and enjoy this book. If the rest of his books are like this, I will enjoy those too.

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