Tropic of Hockey: My Search for the Game in Unlikely Places

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Globe Pequot, Sep 1, 2004 - Travel - 288 pages
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On a hot summer's day in 1998, when Dave Bidini found himself watching Martha Stewart rather than the Stanley Cup playoffs, he knew that something was seriously amiss: The game he loved had crossed the line. It was now an entertainment, not a sport. A passionate hockey fan and rec player, Bidini immediately resolved to follow Canada's best export to the rest of the world, to find out whether the true game still existed elsewhere.

His quest took him to a rink on the eighth floor of a shopping mall in Hong Kong-a rink encircled by a fierce dragon-headed roller coaster-to the gritty city of Harbin in Northern China, where a game much like hockey has been played for six hundred years; to Dubai, in the desert of the United Arab Emirates, where hockey is brand-new, and incredulous Bedouin drop by the Al Ain rink to wonder at the ice; and to Transylvania, where the game was introduced in the 1920s by a ten-second newsreel of Canadians chasing after a puck, and where it is now played as a vicarious war between Romanians and ethnic Hungarians.

In TROPIC OF HOCKEY, Bidini weaves hilarious stories of encounters with odd-sized rinks and players of wildly different talents and experiences with tales of his travels and spot-on observations about the game and players in North America. And he discovers that the tropic of hockey connects players and fans around the world in a celebration of the game-not to mention the profanity, the exhilaration, and the moments of grace that enrich it.
 

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When a writer is characterized as "direct", it means their prose is either concise or unsophisticated; The Tropic of Hockey is remarkable for its topic but certainly not how this content is delivered Read full review

Review: Tropic of Hockey: My Search for the Game in Unlikely Places

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When a writer is characterized as "direct", it means their prose is either concise or unsophisticated; The Tropic of Hockey is remarkable for its topic but certainly not how this content is delivered Read full review

Contents

Kris King Looks Terrible
3
Ahmed Yelled at Mohammed
15
Taffy Had a Sweet Tooth
27
Wendel and the Bells
38
The Fall of Darwish
53
Northrop Frye in Tacks
64
The Eyes of Sam Wong
71
The Foxes of Pea Pack
88
The Sudanese Cyclone
174
The United Colours of Losing
185
A Busload of Espo
192
Chicken Night in Dubai
198
Kuwaiti KickAss Breakdown
206
The Motherland of Hockey
215
TRANSYLVANIA
227
Where Spearing Comes From
229

Bobby Clarkes Teeth
99
Tripped Slashed Speared
114
A Certain Mr Liu
124
Eight Ball for the World
135
THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
149
Merlin Snows the Desert
151
Journey to the Temple of the Dog
163
The Epiphany of Vakar Lajos
238
The Last Canadian Game
247
Steaua Wears a Black Hat
258
The Return of Espo
278
The Tropic of Hockey
280
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
285
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About the author (2004)

DAVE BIDINI'S first book was 1998's critically acclaimed On a Cold Road. When he is not writing, traveling, or playing hockey, Bidini plays rhythm guitar for the much-loved Canadian rock band, the Rheostatics.

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