Shelf Life - Nov. 6
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Shelf Life - Nov. 6

Stratford Gazette

Puckstruck: Distracted, Delighted and Distressed

by Canada’s Hockey Obsession

By Stephen Smith

@SPL: 796.9620971 Smi

Ah, autumn… when the temperature dips, the leaves become nature’s own firework display, and a young nation’s fancy turns to thoughts of… hockey.

For author Stephen Smith, however, hockey is never very far from his thoughts. Perhaps it began with his grandfather, whose blocking tactics with partner Scottie McAllister became legend at the University of Alberta; or his father, who played wing and defence for the Oxford Blues, the same team whose alumni include Danny Williams and Lester B. Pearson, and whose early games often excluded Canadians from playing as a mercy to their opponents.

Whatever the reason, hockey is a part Smith’s very being – he has attempted to read every hockey book out there by players, their fathers, their managers and coaches (even a few cookbooks), watch every hockey movie, read all the editorials. He has taken all his observations, musings and glee with the game and recorded them on his blog, for the past five years, which has now morphed into the book – a compendium of hockey history, proud and infamous Canadian hockey moments, and why Canada in particular has hockey stamped firmly on its collective psyches – rivalled perhaps only by the Swedes.

Mr. Smith will be sharing these distractions and delights with us here in Stratford on Saturday, Nov. 15, when he will be appearing in person at the Tim Taylor Lounge at the Rotary Arena from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

The book is a fountain of hockey history and amusing to boot, and Smith would like to know why YOU are “puckstruck” too – tweet @SPLibrary #puckstruck why you’re hooked on hockey and you could win a copy of Puckstruck, or a pair of tickets to a Culliton’s home game (thanks to Culliton’s Hockey, Fanfare Books and Greystone Books).

In the meantime, you can find Puckstruck at under the tag “shelf life reviewed.”

– Robyn Godfrey, librarian

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