Reviews for Puckstruck


"(Smith's) writing is lively and incisive, and often amusingly beautiful." —Literary Review of Canada


"Puckstruck is simply the finest book about hockey I have ever read, belonging on the list of the best hockey books of all time that Smith places at the end of his book." —Owen Sound Sun Times


"Perfection and hockey do not always go together but I found both of them in Stephen Smith's new book, an instant classic called Puckstruck." —Owen Sound Sun Times


"With a love of words as deep and impassioned as his love of hockey, Smith delivers a maddening opus for the ages." —Publishers Weekly


"Smith, a veteran writer and hockey researcher, treats his subject with an unbridled sense of wonder." —Winnipeg Free Press


"Hockey wasn't invented but discovered. The game, and the large organizing idea behind Stephen Smith’s deeply personal Puckstruck, sleeps in ponds and in the crooked limbs of trees overhead; we merely pluck a stick from the sky and skate over the frozen world to find ourselves and each other. It’s rare to find a book that makes me proud to be Canadian: A funny, myth-busting, life-loving read." —Michael Winter, author of Into the Blizzard: Walking the Fields of the Newfoundland Dead


"Smith and Greystone Books have an instant classic here ... It is such a good a book that I declare, without hesitation, that Puckstruck is the 2014 Hockey Book of the Year." —Joe Pelletier, Hockey Book Reviews.com


". . . everything is there, from the opening face-off to the Winter Classic to a beaming Zdeno Chara hosting the Stanley Cup." —Paul Samyn, Winnipeg Free Press


". . . a book that reminds us that hockey is more than the NHL, and, as Canadians, we have hockey 'in the blood' whether we like the NHL or not." —Wayne Grady, The Kingston Whig Standard


"With a masterful lightness of touch, Stephen Smith takes us on a magical mystery tour of all the hockey books worth reading, revealing the Game’s joys and darkness, its poetry and cruelty, its inescapable hold on our hearts. Puckstruck is a whirlwind read, as surprising and entertaining as the sport itself. Hockey fans will eat it up." —Roy MacSkimming, author of Gordie: A Hockey Legend and Cold War: the Amazing Canada-Soviet Hockey Series of 1972


"Puckstruck is irreverent, eclectic, irascible, witty, smart, and highly informed. It should be required reading for every 'hockey insider' analyst and bar-stool GM in ice country." —Roy MacGregor


"This is a book after my heart: hockey and literature waltzing together to the music of the author's careful, artful prose. Funny, wistful, smart and unlike any hockey book I've read (although I clearly haven't read as many as Mr. Smith)." —Dave Bidini