Book Review: Gratoony the Loony by Gilles Gratton

Sports are replete with stereotypes. Yet few are probably as old and ingrained as that ice hockey goaltenders are quirky weird crazy. Even Hall of Fame goaltender Bernie Parent said, “You don’t have to be crazy to be a goalie. But it helps!” And then there’s the goaltenders who embody the stereotype, such as Gilles […]

Olympic hockey gold

Neither the U.S. men’s or women’s hockey team will leave Sochi, Russia, with an Olympic gold medal. Still, I think hockey comes away a winner.

The women took silver in a heartbreaking loss Friday. But anyone who’s seen the last five minutes of regulation or the overtime knows how sensational it was. And while the […]

Cultural convergence

There seems to be a cultural convergence happening here. Or maybe I’m just noticing because four of my favorite things are involved — music, books, film and hockey.

It started last night with a George Winston concert. Perhaps because he records on the Windham Hill label, Winston gets placed in the “New Age” category. (Question: […]

The strain of abundant diversions

There aren’t a lot of things that I really, really, really enjoy. So it seems odd that having plenty of opportunity to engage in a couple of those things would feel, well… somewhat stressful. Yet reading books and watching hockey make me think I need a vacation. Not to get away from those things — […]

Hockey holiday

New Year’s is starting to become one of my favorite holiday periods. That’s because once again this year it was hockey heaven.

Let’s start with New Year’s Eve. At first, I was disappointed the Stampede did not have a home game, which has been a tradition. That did, however, allow me to watch Team USA […]