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Children's Fiction Hockey

The Hockey Song

by (author) Stompin' Tom Connors

illustrated by Gary Clement

Greystone Books Ltd
Initial publish date
Nov 2016
Hockey, Music
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Nov 2016
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Sep 2016
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 7 to 18
  • Grade: 1 to 12


Based on the unforgettable ode to the greatest game on ice, The Hockey Song is a perfect gift for the hockey fans and young players in your life.

Oh! The good ol’ hockey game is the best game you can name.
And the best game you can name is the good ol’ hockey game.

Played before, after, and during hockey games across North America, Stompin’ Tom Connors’ iconic song evokes the pure joy the good ol’ hockey brings to players and fans alike. Gary Clement’s illustrations bring the song to life through depicting a pick-up game on a cold city rink. A father and son are soon joined by skater after skater, until the whole community is grabbing a stick—passing, shooting, scoring, and having the time of their lives.

A fresh take on a classic song, The Hockey Song is a tribute to hockey, winter, and having fun with the best game you can name.


About the authors

Stompin’ Tom Connors (1936-2013) was a member of the Order of Canada, holder of numerous honorary doctorates, and winner of the Governor General’s Award for Lifetime Achievement. He was born in New Brunswick but spent his life criss-crossing Canada, writing and performing his songs.

Stompin' Tom Connors' profile page

Gary Clement is an author and illustrator of children’s books who won the Governor General’s Award for The Great Poochini and was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award for Just Stay Put. He has also illustrated A Coyote Solstice Tale by Thomas King and Stories from Adam and Eve to Ezekiel by Celia Barker Lottridge. He is the editorial cartoonist for the National Post, and his work has appeared in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. He lives in Toronto where he regularly exhibits his drawings and paintings.

Gary Clement's profile page

Editorial Reviews

“Young and old hockey fans alike will enjoy this colorful picture book tribute to hockey's anthem.”
School Library Journal

“Considerable fun, just like a game of shinny.”

“Clement’s detailed, scratchy art brings the words to life… Hockey lovers will embrace this book, but even those who aren’t absorbed in the game will appreciate the sense of community Clement conveys. Stompin’ Tom would be proud.”
Montréal Gazette

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