The Hockey Book of Why (and Who, What, When, Where, and How): The Answers to Questions You’ve Always Wondered About the Fastest Game on Ice

Lyons: Globe Pequot. Oct. 2023. 176p. ISBN 9781493070923. pap. $19.95. SPORTS
Sportswriter Gitlin’s (Ticket to the Tennis Grand Slam) fun little (176 pages) book takes readers on a journey through the intricate world of ice hockey. The author succeeds in his stated intentions to educate fans of other major U.S. sports who have yet to come around to hockey, and to kindle a deeper appreciation for the sport. The book delivers a comprehensive and enjoyable exploration of hockey’s rules, traditions, and rich history. Starting with the fundamentals such as hockey’s origins and the key guidelines governing its play, the book lays a solid foundation for understanding the sport. In 50-plus questions and answers, this title addresses the complexities of the game, its dominant teams and players, and many of its quirkier facts and traditions, making it accessible to newcomers and seasoned fans alike. The author’s passion for the sport shines through, which will likely inspire readers to delve into the depths of hockey.
VERDICT A quick read that seamlessly blends informative content with an engaging narrative style. Will magnetize hardcore hockey fans looking to enhance their knowledge, as well as readers wanting to learn about the sport.
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