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. Volume XIII Number 3 . . . . September 29, 2006
The book goes back the beginning of ice hockey and is filled with many interesting and little-known facts. James Creighton, for example, one of the first organizers of hockey in Canada, played on a team with nine players. While that may seem strange to today's followers of the game, even stranger is the fact that no substitutes were allowed on teams in the 1870s. Apart from a short half-time break, the nine men played the whole sixty minutes.
Ice Time begins with a game played in Montreal's Victoria Skating Rink in 1875. This was the first game of ever played indoors in Canada. The book ends with Canada's gold medal victory at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City when Canada was "once again on top of the hockey world." It is a pity that the 2006 Winter Olympics is not mentioned, when the Canadian team was anything but on top of the hockey world. The book's conclusion leaves a false impression because Canadian fans have known for some time that their players are very far from being the best in the world.
Ice Time is richly illustrated throughout both with coloured and black and white photographs. These are excellent, both decorative and functional, and enhance the book's value. In addition, there is an index which readers will find useful.
Author McKinley, who spends his time as a journalist, filmmaker, and screenwriter, has written two previous books, including The Magnificent One: The Mario Lemieux Story. He has also written articles for various newspapers and magazines, including the Guardian and Sports Illustrated. His style is suitable for the intended audience and should appeal to many young readers. His book will be useful as recreational reading.
A retired college teacher, Thomas F. Chambers lives in North Bay, ON.
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