For those who grew up around hockey, it's easy to understand a sentence like, He let loose a howitzer from the hash marks, roofing the puck past the stunned netminder. But for those who have no idea what that means, How to Speak Hockey provides a unique look into Canada's unofficial third language. Even lifelong lovers of the game might just learn a thing or two:
- Many hockey fans know about the five hole, but few know that there are seven holes in total
- Before the humble rubber puck, people used strange round balls called road apples
- Learn the strange and unique origins of common phrases including stood on his head and hat trick
- Find out exactly what is meant when a player dipsy doodles through traffic and breaks the ice
- In hockey, sometimes a hot dog is not just something you get at the concession stand
- Fighting has always been a part of hockey, so it's not surprising that there are so many words to describe it, from a word as innocent as dance to the biggest fight in hockey the bench-clearing brawl.
For all those wannabe hockeyists or lifelong rink rats out there, game on!
About the authors
BRIAN KENNEDY was born in Montreal and spent much of his hockey-playing youth in Ontario. He went to school in the U.S. in 1981 and gained a PhD in English, before ending up in L.A. and teaching at Pasadena City College. A freelance sports writer, he uses his writing to get him everywhere from NHL locker rooms to the race shops of famous drivers of the past and present. He covers the Anaheim Ducks and the L.A. Kings, and in his spare time he rides a racing bike, practices karate and preserves memories.
Brian Kennedy has an MA in Canadian Studies. Currently, he teaches Drama and English, a career which he has enjoyed for close to thirty years. His students led him to learn more about the history of Canadian theatre. When heâ??s not teaching, Brian tries to improve his hockey skills. This task may take another lifetime.
Other titles by Brian Kennedy
Mixing Memory & Desire
Why Literature Can't Forget the Great War
Coming Down the Mountain
Rethinking the 1972 Summit Series
My Country is Hockey
How Hockey Explains Canadian Culture, History, Politics, Heroes, French-English Rivalry and Who We Are as Canadians
Scenes from Canadian Plays Since 1990
Living the Hockey Dream
Interviews and Personal Stories from NHL Superstars and Other Lovers of the Game
Baron Bold and the Beauteous Maid
A Compact History of Canadian Theatre
Two for the Show
Scenes for Student Actors