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 and
That Summer in Provincetown