Tropic Of Hockey
Enlarge View

Tropic Of Hockey
My Search for the Game in Unlikely Places
Written by Dave BidiniDave Bidini Author Alert
Category: Travel - Adventure; Sports & Recreation; Sports & Recreation - Hockey
Format: Trade Paperback, 312 pages
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
ISBN: 978-0-7710-1458-1 (0-7710-1458-9)

Pub Date: September 18, 2001
Price: $22.99

Add this item to your cart

Tropic Of Hockey
Written by Dave Bidini

Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780771014581
Our Price: $22.99
   Quantity: 1 

Also available as an eBook.
About this Book

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.

up Back to top | e-mail or print this page
Review Quotes

“One of the best books on the game this country has seen since Ken Dryden’s The Game…conversational, compelling, funny and raw. Not to mention literate and studied.”
National Post

“This year’s best hockey book”
Globe and Mail

“By travelling the world…Bidini renews his faith in this Canadian game. And with it, ours.”

“…stands above the bookshelf in terms of page-turning imagination.”
Toronto Star

up Back to top | e-mail or print this page
About this Author

Author and musician Dave Bidini is the only person to have been nominated for a Gemini, Genie and Juno as well CBC's Canada Reads. A founding member of Rheostatics, he has written 10 books, including On a Cold RoadTropic of HockeyAround the World in 57 1/2 Gigs, and Home and Away. He has made two Gemini Award-nominated documentaries and his play, the Five Hole Stories, was staged by One Yellow Rabbit Performance Company, touring the country in 2008. His third book, Baseballissimo, is being developed for the screen by Jay Baruchel, and, in 2010, he won his third National Magazine Award, for "Travels in Narnia." He writes a weekly column for the Saturday Post and, in 2011, he published his latest book, Writing Gordon Lightfoot

up Back to top | e-mail or print this page
book cover

Upgrade to the Flash 9 viewer for enhanced content, including the ability to browse & search through your favorite titles.
Click here to learn more!