Blades Of Glory by John Rosengren
Three things I learned
2. A large problem with a child being over-competitive in sports (many are) is that they and their parents will do anything to advance their success. This can lead to use of performance enhancing drugs and unhealthy training habits.
3. Minnesota hockey is one of it's greatest traditions. The fact that the Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament has more attendance than any other state tournament in the country proves this. Minnesotans love their hockey.
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My Favorite Passages
Page 164 - "Sats mingles with the alumni, asking about college and careers, girlfriends and wives. His former players were wordialbut cautious Even though they had staked their independence as adults inthe years since graduation, theyfound themselves feelinglike they were back in high school in their former coach's presence. Their relationship with Sats was layered with father-figure issues. They regarded him with a mixture of respect and resentment." The reason this passage interests me so much is because I find it incredibly ridiculous how grown men are still in need of their coaches approval. It truly is insane how much affect hockey has on the ones who play it in Minnesota.
Page 82 - "Blade Day in Bloominton was a don't stick your toungue tothe flagpolecold morning, the sun white in a clear sky - the kind of day when kids used toskate onfrozen ponds and shoot on goals fashioed from a pair of boots. Not so anymore. Hockey has grown up, lost it's innocence. It got organized." I agree with the last statement 100%. It's not only hockey that has lost it's innocence. Youth sports are starting to become so organized that you never see the classic "Sandlot" kind of kids anymore. Kids grow in the program during scheduled times. Not in their free time for fun like the past.