“A father, a son, and the wisdom of hockey”
The Gift of the Game is Tom Allen’s exploration of the ways in which hockey can shape the relationship between fathers and sons.
In the winter of 2001 Tom Allen stepped onto a frozen lake with his eight-year-old son. They laced up their skates, set out chunks of firewood as goal posts, and played one-on-one hockey under an enormous blue sky.
In the months that followed, hockey pulled Allen and Wesley closer together as other relationships fell apart.
But what is this game to which he has entrusted his fragile sense of well-being and his son’s emerging sense of self? With keen intelligence and self-deprecating emotional honesty, Allen sets about answering the questions that shape his new life: How does hockey mould us? To what degree are we defined by our love of the game? What are the cultural implications of a game that so privileges violence? In making hockey the arena of his pride, love and self-respect, Allen is forced to figure out how much of being a Hockey Dad is really about the game.
- Published August 13, 2010
- 241 pages
- 5 x 8 x 0.7 in