Mr. Hood speaks eloquently from his experience about what is good about the sport of ice hockey, what has gone wrong, and ideas about what we can do to bring it back to what it should be: a FUN game of speed and skill. This should be required reading for all players, young and old, parents of youth hockey players, leaders in youth hockey organizations, coaches, and fans. His words speak to the thoughts and concerns of thousands of parents who are out there today, trying to come to grips with the insanity of spending thousands of dollars a year for their kids to participate in what is now a hypercompetitive year-round sport. Mr. Hood cuts through all the rhetoric and offers up powerful common sense observations that I hope will lead the way to a grass roots effort to return a wonderful sport to what it should be: an opportunity to teach our children about the values of team work, discipline, integrity, sportsmanship, dedication, and perserverance -- that fun comes as a result of accepting and fulfilling responsibility to yourself, your team mates, family, and community. Bravo and thank you Mr. Hood!