Tropic of Hockey by Dave Bidini
My Search for the Game in Unlikely Places

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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.

About Dave Bidini

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Dave Bidini is a writer and musician. He is a columnist for the National Post and the Gemini Award-winning writer of the documentary Hockey Nomad, adapted from his memoir Tropic of Hockey. He is also the author of several more books, including On a Cold Road, Baseballissmo, and Writing Gordon Lightfoot. He is a founding member of the bands the Rheostatics and BidiniBand and an avid recreational hockey player. He lives in Toronto. Brian Pickell is a musician and photographer. He has several books to his credit, is a former photographer for the Toronto Star, and is the front man of the Brian Pickell Band. He lives in Paris, Ontario.
Published December 14, 2011 by McClelland & Stewart. 314 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Travel, Action & Adventure. Non-fiction

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Canadian writer and rock musician Bidini (On a Cold Road) shares his rediscovery of hockey and the global odyssey that brought him back to his nation's sport.

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