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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor Canada (Oct. 17 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385660790
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385660792
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2 x 20.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #110,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“This is a great story for anyone with an interest in the game at the minor or recreational level, either as a player, parent or coach. The book is inspirational as it shows you are never too old to develop your own athletic skills and at the same time enrich your relationships in ways you never thought possible.” — The Calgary Sun

“A wonderful three-period reminder that hockey will always endure. Gentle, sad at times . . . this is a book about a man and his son and the redemptive nature of the game.”
Owen Sound Sun Times

"In The Gift of the Game, Tom Allen has uncovered the magic of hockey.  The lure of our national sport is both simple and wonderful.  Allen's personal journey assures us that, in the end, hockey has the power to make a lasting connection between Canadians."
—Scott Russell, Host CBC Sports Saturday

“Truly a gift for Canadian hockey fans. Tom Allen’s The Gift of the Game is a wonderful reminder that hockey at the grassroots level not only endures but also remains deeply embedded in our hearts and souls. As Allen rekindled my own childlike passion for the game, he reminds us of this tie that binds fathers and sons – and Canadians – alike.”
—Chris Cuthbert, TSN Hockey Commentator and co-author of The Rink

"The Gift of the Game is gentle, funny, and a little bit heart-breaking. It is not about hockey, really – it's what hockey is about. It’s about love.”
—Paul Quarrington

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"In The Gift of the Game, Tom Allen has uncovered the magic of hockey.  The lure of our national sport is both simple and wonderful.  Allen's personal journey assures us that, in the end, hockey has the power to make a lasting connection between Canadians."
—Scott Russell, Host CBC Sports Saturday

“Truly a gift for Canadian hockey fans. Tom Allen’s The Gift of the Game is a wonderful reminder that hockey at the grassroots level not only endures but also remains deeply embedded in our hearts and souls. As Allen rekindled my own childlike passion for the game, he reminds us of this tie that binds fathers and sons – and Canadians – alike.”
—Chris Cuthbert, TSN Hockey Commentator and co-author of The Rink

"The Gift of the Game is gentle, funny, and a little bit heart-breaking. It is not about hockey, really – it's what hockey is about. It’s about love.”
—Paul Quarrington --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anne Francis on April 10 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful book about being a hockey dad. Spanning a season or two in a 10-year-old Select player's life that happened to coincide with his parents' separation, the book captures the nebulous feelings that sometimes come up between a father and son engaged in their favourite sports activity. In order to understand the game (and his son) better, Allen, who had never progressed very far as a hockey player when a youngster himself, started playing again. He humbly and humorously chronicles the small embarrassments, and occasional small triumphs, that come with learning a new skill. He also examines some of the troubling issues facing hockey parents, like the connection between checking and concussions. I highly recommend this book.
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Format: Paperback
I bought this book when it came out. Its author, Tom Allen, talked about it on CBC's "Music and Company," the great radio show he hosted at the time. For one reason or another the book sat on my shelf for more than a decade, but recently I finally picked it up and read it.

I have spent a lot of time watching professional hockey and I watched my younger son play minor-league hockey for many, many hours when he was growing up. I love the game. In The Gift of the Game, Allen gave me some insight into what it is like to actually play hockey. It was a fun -- and educational -- read from that perspective. (Among other things, I learned that I was right to fear for my son's life when he was out there on the ice.)

At times I felt Allen was straining a bit to make the lessons he learned on the ice fit with the lessons he wanted to learn about father-son relationships at that stage of his life, and that he was a bit too close to his recent breakup with his kids' mother to put it all into any kind of meaningful perspective. But he gave it his best shot, both on the ice and off. I guess life isn't any more tractable than is a game of shinny hockey.

Tom Allen's still my all-time favourite radio host. The show he hosts now is called "Shift." I wonder if he's still playing hockey with the Vultures.
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