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. Volume XX Number 11. . . .November 15, 2013
The Big Book of Hockey for Kids, which could also be called The Encyclopedia of Hockey for Kids, contains a great deal of information about the game, how it began, how it evolved and much else besides. It has 14 chapters varying in length from four to eighteen pages. They cover many topics including everything one would expect plus a number of unusual and unexpected ones. There is information, for example, on Jewish NHL players, the first NHL goal and the development of hockey gear. Also included is information on the Preston Rivulettes girls’ softball team which became a hockey team at the end of the softball season. This team won the Ladies Ontario Hockey Association Championship 10 years in a row, a fact of which few hockey fans are likely aware.
The book is almost equally divided between the written text and charts and tables full of hockey facts. One of the charts is a two-page spread illustrating the “Official NHL Rink Dimensions”. One of the tables shows the goalies with the “Most Vezina Trophy Wins”. One of the most interesting pages of both text and illustrations shows the arm movements referees make for awarding penalties.
As far as this reviewer can tell, the facts in the book are accurate. Since the study of hockey is not likely to be on a school curriculum, the book is only useful for recreational purposes.
Thomas F. Chambers, an author and retired college teacher, lives in North Bay, ON.
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