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Hockey Talk

The Language of Hockey from A-Z



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Hockey Talk by John Goldner
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2010 OLA Best Bets - Junior Non-Fiction Honourable mention Pennsylvania School Library Association Top 40 Fiction, 2010 "He shoots, he scores!" Hockey has a language unique to the game that has developed over the past hundred years. The patter of play-by-play and color commentators shapes how the fans understand and relate to the game. Hockey Talk introduces young readers - both seasoned hockey enthusiasts and novices alike - to the unique terminology of hockey with over 150 terms, clear explanations, an illustrated cast of characters, and sidebars of fun facts. Short profiles of ten influential commentators, including Don Cherry, Danny Gallivan, Foster Hewitt, and Mike Lange, highlight their contributions to the language of this great winter sport. Printable activities available online at:

Author Biography

John Goldner grew up in the Town of Mount Royal, Quebec where he was a regular on the outdoor rinks and at the Recreation Center. John began playing minor hockey at an early age and continued competing in the TMR leagues until he was eighteen. One summer, he attended Haliburton Hockey Haven near Haliburton, Ontario. Growing up, John always rooted for the Montreal Canadiens, and his favourite player was Henri (Pocket Rocket) Richard. Ted Heeley is best known as an animation artist and sculptor. He has contributed his artistic talents to such television shows as Sesame Street, Lunar Jim, Life's a Zoo, and many more. His animated television series, Nerdland, first aired in Fall 2009. Hockey Talk is his first children's book. Ted lives in Toronto with his wife, Alex Mooreshead.
Release date Australia
October 26th, 2009
Illustrated by Ted Heeley
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations, color
Fitzhenry & Whiteside
Interest Age
From 10 to 13 years
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