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Comment: () Full of the gentle humour and storytelling that he brings to "Music and Company" every morning, 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. This would mark a new turn in Allen's relationship with Wesley, even as other relationships began to fall apart. When Allen and his wife go their separate ways, it is hockey that forms the enduring bond between father and son. As Wesley grows in confidence and purpose, Allen grows into the mythic role of hockey dad and assistant coach, and spends his empty afternoons working on his own game on outdoor rinks, if only to avoid the silence of his apartment. But what is this game to which he has entrusted his fragile sense of well-being and his son" Ord
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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: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #554,457 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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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