How Hockey Works

How Sports Work

By Keltie Thomas and Greg Hall

From 8 to 12 | 64 pages

From how the puck was invented to players’ superstitions to the secret science of passing, How Hockey Works is the ultimate behind-the-scenes look at the game of hockey. Whether readers have their sights set on playing in the big leagues themselves or just want the inside scoop on all the science behind this popular game, this How Sports Work series title has something for everyone.

Text that is as exciting to read as the sport is to play looks at the properties of ice and the precise science of maintaining skating surfaces; the science of speedy, powerful skating; the puck, stick, mask, and other equipment; the science of explosive moves (the slapshot) and maximizing a player’s chance of scoring; and the science of fitness and healing injuries. Special "Legends of the Game" pages introduce readers to players like Bobby Orr and Wayne Gretzky, while a "Rules and Regs" section and glossary at the back of the book are jam-packed with all the terms and information to make any reader an expert at the basics of the game.

...delightful...An appealing presentation that's chock-full of information. - School Library Journal
…endlessly enthusiastic [and] generously informative… - Quill & Quire
Even non-hockey fans won't be able to put this one down. - Calgary Herald
...this fact-filled book will encourage even the most reluctant of readers ages nine and up. - Star Phoenix (Saskatoon)
...this is a book which may never return to the quiet library shelf. It is terrific and needs to be read! - The Brandon Sun
…offers everything you wanted to know about the favourite winter sport. - Canadian Children's Book News
A fun-filled format makes everything you ever wanted to know about the sport exciting and entertaining. - Bank Street College of Education
…lots of great photographs and bright colors…A fantastic book! - Resource Links
Alberta Children's Choice Awards, Rocky Mountain Book Award, 2003
Atlantic Library Association, Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award, 2003
Bank Street College of Education, Best of the Year, 2003
Canadian Children's Book Centre, Our Choice Starred Selection, 2003
Ontario Library Association, Silver Birch Award, 2002
Resource Links, Best of the Year, 2008

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