Ice Time: A Tale of Fathers, Sons, and Hometown Heroes

Ice Time: A Tale of Fathers, Sons, and Hometown Heroes

by Jay Atkinson
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Ice Time: A Tale of Fathers, Sons, and Hometown Heroes by Jay Atkinson

As kids, we all had passions -- something we loved doing, experienced with our friends, dreamed about every spare moment. For Jay Atkinson, who grew up in a small Massachusetts town, it was hockey. When Bobby Orr scored the winning goal in the 1970 Stanley Cup Finals against the St. Louis Blues, Atkinson became a fan for life. In 1975, he played on the first Methuen Rangers varsity hockey team. Once and always a rink rat, Atkinson still plays hockey whenever and wherever he can.

Twenty-five years after he played for the Rangers, Atkinson returns to his high school team as a volunteer assistant. Ice Time tells the team's story as he follows the temperamental star, the fiery but troubled winger, the lovesick goalie, the rookie whose father is battling cancer, and the "old school" coach as the Rangers make a desperate charge into the state tournament. In emotionally vivid detail, Ice Time travels into the rinks, schools, and living rooms of small-town America, where friendships are forged, the rewards of loyalty and perseverance are earned, and boys and girls are transformed into young men and women. Along the way, we also meet his five-year-old son, Liam, who is just now learning the game his father loves.

Whether describing kids playing a moonlit game on a frozen swamp or the crucible of team tryouts and predawn bus rides that he endured himself, Atkinson carves out the drama of adolescence with precision and affection. He takes us onto the ice and into the heart of a town and a team as he explores the profound connection between fathers and sons, and what it means to go home again.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307434289
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 02/10/2010
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 945,818
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Jay Atkinson is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Caveman Politics. His work has appeared in the Boston Globe and Boston Herald and has been syndicated by the New York Times. He teaches writing at Salem State College and lives in Methuen, Massachusetts.

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Ice Time: A Tale of Fathers, Sons, and Hometown Heroes 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read this book the last few years at the beginning of the hockey season. Motivates me to get out there and enjoy my son playing hockey at basically the same age. Like the setting in Massachusetts even though I don't live there. I think it describes how teenage sports in America now are. I've coached kids in this age range for most of the last decade mainly in football but this is pretty much spot on to how they all act. Reminds me a lot of Friday Night Lights... kind of maybe the hockey version of it. Albeit I like it much better than that!!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Ice Time tells a touching story of recapturing youth and being a true role model. After returning back to his hometown, Jay Atkinson began to volunteer with his old hockey team at Methuen High. For author Jay Atkinson hockey was his youth, it meant everything to him and helped him grow into the man he became. At the time the book was written, Atkinson was 42 years old with a 5 year old son , he used his volunteer time with the Methuen Rangers to teach his son why hockey was so important to him. He hoped the same sport that brought value and joy when he was younger would soon be passed on in his family legacy. Prevalent themes throughout the novel are discipline, father-son relationships, and the love of the game. The only objection I was the author getting distracted in his writing and often going off on a tangent. However, I enjoyed the non-censored simple tale of Methuen hockey and although Atkinson started out volunteering was to teach the kids, he ends up learning more about himself and being a role model then he ever thought he would. Ice Time is an inspirational story about the great sport of hockey and the impact it continues to have on kids of all ages.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jay writes with a style so descriptive, that you can picture it in your head so vividly, you would think that you were watching a movie. Jay outdid himself with Caveman Politics, and did one better with Ice Time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a former high school hockey coach and retired teacher, this is a must read for coaches, teachers and parents. Times have changed in the last ten years and parents must understand their roles in todays society and cannot expect teachers and coaches to do the job that is theirs alone.