Longlisted for the RBC Taylor Prize
“Puckstruck is like nothing I’ve read before—fresh, funny, dazzling and brilliant. Can a hockey book ever really be described as Joycean? This one can.” – Charles Foran
A dazzling rush through Canada’s hockey-infused culture by a new voice in Canadian literature.
In Puckstruck, Stephen Smith chronicles his wide-eyed and sometimes wincing wander through hockey’s literature, language, and history. On this journey to discover what the game has to say about who we are as Canadians, he seeks to answer some essential riddles. Can hockey make you a better person? What exactly is the Swedes’ problem? Where did the hook check go? Should those men really be permitted to keep punching each other in the head? If hockey is the best of us, is it also the worst? Is there hope?
Stephen Smith’s stories about five dollar bills and boy travel writers have appeared in Geist and McSweeney’s. He has also written for the Globe and Mail, Canadian Geographic, Outside, and the New York Times Magazine. He lives in Toronto, where he tends a blog, puckstruck.com, that keeps an eye on hockey culture. Puckstruck is his first book.
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