A rollicking novel of the game and the world of international hockey competition by the well-known journalist and novelist who has travelled with Team Canada for many years. The Canadian Olympic Hocke
A rollicking novel of the game and the world of international hockey competition by the well-known journalist and novelist who has travelled with Team Canada for many years.
The Canadian Olympic Hockey Team is killed in an airplane crash just as fans begin to dare to hope that Canada might regain its preeminence in world hockey.
Pete Gordon, executive assistant to Myra Cope, the minister for Sport and Recreation, and Bill Spunska, a Canadian studying at Princeton, put together a ragtag team of friends from their old team from Northwest High in Winnipeg who by chance or choice decided not to pursue a hockey career. Scott Young's "Old Gang" is the grown up bunch of "scrubs" from his popular juvenile novel, Scrubs on Skates.
There are just six weeks for an aching "Team Nobody" to get into shape for a European exhibition tour and the tournament in Moscow They play their first game against the U.S. national team - and lose.
The Canadians straggle across Europe gradually becoming a team. In Cortina, RCMP officer "Hawkshaw" catches a whiff of a Russian cigarette, and the Canadian and Soviet secret hockey agents set about a good-natured sparring that turns unpleasant and threatens to end in disaster in Moscow.
Scott Young describes an insider's view of life in Olympic Village and a tourist's Moscow, as well as the thrill of Olympic competition as Team Canada battles its way into the finals - against the Soviet team.
Scott Young is one of Canada's best and most versatile popular writers. A prize-winning sports columnist and journalist for close to twenty years, he is the author of 30 books, fiction and non-fiction, including the popular juvenile novel, Scrubs on Skates and the recently-published biography of Conn Smythe.
Born in Glenboro, Manitoba, Scott Young started in the newspaper business as a night copy boy for the Winnipeg Free Press. He moved on to become a sportswriter and, later, a war correspondent. After serving with the Royal Canadian Navy in Europe during the Second World War, he went to work for Macleans.
By 1948 he had achieved enough success as a writer of short stories to become a full-time freelancer, publishing in major U.S., Canadian and European magazines and anthologies. In 1957, Young resumed newspaper writing, covering news and sports for the Globe and Mail and acting as sports editor for the Toronto Telegram (1969-71). In 1980, he returned to full-time work on his own writing projects.
In That Old Gang of Mine, Scott Young writes about the game he loves, and perhaps his best-loved characters, the "scrubs" on skates who played for Northwest High in Winnipeg, now grown up, playing for Canada at a future Winter Olympics in Moscow.