Each of the six stories in Dave Bidini's playful, irreverent new book takes a headlong run at the hockey dressing room, and knocks the door down.
In one story, a chronic minor-leaguer discovers the wonders--and the pitfalls--of the game in Europe, both on and off the ice. In another, an NHLer is tight with his teammate, the league's leading goalscorer, but dreams of getting MUCH tighter. A star on a losing streak turns to a magical salve to turn his game around. A conversation between two friends yields surprising facts about Joan, everyone's favourite female goalie. A hundred bucks is all that stands between a hockey groupie and eternal happiness in 1950s Detroit. And finally, the eponymous 'Five Hole' itself speaks--though it never reveals all of its secrets.
Full of sex, drugs and high-sticking, each of The Five Hole Stories runs its proverbial tongue down hockey's seamy, steamy underbelly and then finds language to tell us what it tastes like. A scintillating look at hockey with its clothes off, in six ambitious poses.
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Brindle & Glass
February 01, 2011
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