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The Hockey Tree

by (author) David Ward

illustrated by Brian Deines

Scholastic Canada Ltd
Initial publish date
Sep 2006
Recommended Age
3 to 5
Recommended Grade
p to k
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Nov 2008
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2006
    List Price

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Out of print

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Some people will do anything to keep playing hockey! Owen and Holly are having a great day whacking the puck around on the frozen lake. . . until Holly smacks the puck past Owen and it falls down an ice-fishing hole. They figure the game is over, until their father remembers the way the old-timers did it. He cuts an inch-thick round from a fallen tree, then gets a fisherman to dip it in the freezing water so it becomes coated with ice. Now that there's a puck, the game can begin again! David Ward's heart warming story will appeal to hockey lovers young and old, and illustrator Brian Deines' timeless artwork brings to life the "love of the game."

About the authors


David Ward
est l'auteur des livres à succès Hockey sur le lac et Une belle nuit de hockey. Il a aussi écrit une collection
populaire sur le hockey. Il a vécu à Québec et à Vancouver et habite
maintenant à Portland en Oregon avec sa femme et ses enfants.


DAVID WARD is the author of the best-selling picture books The Hockey Tree and One Hockey Night. Raised in Quebec and Vancouver, he currently lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife & children. Visit him online at

David Ward's profile page

BRIAN DEINES has illustrated numerous books for children, including SkySisters


(written by Jan BourdeauWaboose), Dragonfly Kites (written by Thomson Highway),


and One Hockey Night (written by DavidWard). He has been nominated for

numerous awards, including the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Ruth and

Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Literature Award, the Martha Baillie Picture Book

Award, and the Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award. A native of Red Deer, Alberta,

Brian lives in Toronto.

Brian Deines' profile page


  • Short-listed, Chocolate Lily Award (BC Children's Choice)
  • Winner, Shining Willow Award (Saskatchewan Young Readers's Choice)
  • Commended, Canadian Toy Testing Council, Great Books of the Year
  • Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Our Choice

Librarian Reviews

H The Hockey Tree

Owen and his family enjoy a day of hockey – until they lose their puck. But the game isn’t over yet… His dad has a plan. A warm winter tale brought to life with timeless artwork.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Canadian Children’s Book News. 2007.

Other titles by David Ward

Other titles by Brian Deines