Midnight Hockey

Midnight Hockey

All About Beer, the Boys, and the Real Canadian Game

Book - 2006
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From Giller-nominated author Bill Gaston, proof not only that hockey players can read, but that some of them can even write.

Midnight Hockey tells the story of Gaston's final season, as he contemplates hanging up his skates, and looks back on the sport that has meant so much to him.

Sometimes lewd and hilarious, sometimes (though not as often) reflective, Midnight Hockey is a portrait of Canada's fastest-growing athletic phenomenon: beer-league and oldtimers' hockey. Gaston spills the beans about the rules of the game (written and unwritten), weird beer, team names, and road-trip sex, illustrated with stories of Gaston's life in the game, from the outdoor rinks of Winnipeg, through junior hockey, varsity, the professional leagues of Europe, to the late-night games and road-trip shenanigans of beer-league.

For all those thousands of guys who drive to the rink late on a snowy night, who know the euphoria of a beer after the game, who think of how good they used to be, who grow nostalgic over a whiff from an unwashed hockey bag -- and for anyone who has had to live with such a person -- Midnight Hockey is laugh-out-loud funny, true-to-life, and ultimately thoughtful.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Doubleday Canada, c2006.
ISBN: 9780385661904
Characteristics: xii, 314 p. ;,22 cm.


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Jan 08, 2014

I laughed and laughed as I read this, and I've never even played hockey, but I imagine if you have, then some of this book will take you back to those good old days.
I think the end drags a bit but the first 3/4 is just like sitting over beers listening to war stories about playing hockey....a most "Canadian" past time!

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