Home Ice: Reflections on Backyard Rinks and Frozen Ponds

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McGregor Publishing, Incorporated, Nov 1, 2000 - Sports & Recreation - 190 pages
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In this collection of lyrical essays, writer Jack Falla's backyard hockey rink unexpectedly becomes a vital bridge to family and friends, a lens through which he looks at his life in a game he loves, a road leading back to the frozen ponds of a New England childhood and a mirror in which he stares down middle age. Or tries to. Essays in Home Ice range from a thoughtful, sometimes humorous account of Falla's original attempts to build a rink - The first law of Hydrodynamics as applied to rink owners: water seeking its own level fits in in your neighbor's yard- to a meeting with the world's most famous backyard rink builder, Walter Gretzky, Wayne's father. In other essays Falla skates with the ultimate pond skaters -hockey legends Wayne Gretzky and Paul Coffey, travels to Duluth, Minnesota and Thunder Bay Ontario to visit backyard rink builders, reflects on the death of a parent, the meaning of an early-morning skate with a grandchild, the connection between his 60-by-35 foot backyard rink and the magical Boston Garden, and the life lessons learned shoveling, resurfacing and skating with his wife, son, and daughter. A bonus chapter explains how to build your own backyard rink. Home Ice goes beyond being a sports book. It is a book for readers more interested in family, friends, and relationships than in last night's hockey scores.

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There is no shortage of books that describe how participating in a particular sporting activity strengthens bonds between people. Falla's book accomplishes this feat through a collection of essays on ... Read full review

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An amazing book full of short stories, truly captures the essence of hockey. Read full review

About the author (2000)

Mr. Falla was born in Cambridge and grew up in Winchester. He graduated from BU's College of Communication with a BA and an MA. He freelanced for many publications for several years, including Boston Magazine and The Hockey News then joined the staff of Sports Illustrated. Mr. Falla left SI working as public relations at the NHL.

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