The Disney finish in 2009 led to a two more seasons in Nashville and then time as a Penguin and a Coyote. In the world outside of the glass and dashers, thirty-eight is a mere youngster, practically a zygote. From his viewpoint as one of the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen seeing the rare air that comes with joining the One Thousand Game Club, this makes him an accomplished elder statesman.
In the 22nd installment of Roy MacGregor’s Screech Owls series, Face-Off At The Alamo, the gang heads to San Antonio, Texas for an invitational tournament that puts them at odds with dirty teams and grittier villains. For the uninitiated, MacGregor’s series of chapter books for tween to teen readers combines the best of old school mystery series with solid writing about hockey.
If they and by extension, you are a hockey fan, you’ll want to visit Long Pond in Windsor, Nova Scotia. At first blush it might look like any other natural pond. Depending on the season, you’ll see a stretch of still water or ice surrounded by trees. Near the pond is a small, square sign, a comparatively humble indicator of the location’s history. According to novelist Thomas Halliburton, hockey was born on Long Pond. He wrote that students from the nearby Kings Collegiate School moved their games of hurley to the frozen pond on Howard Dill’s farm, thus setting motion the evolution of the game that would eventually become integral to Canada’s national identity