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Children's Nonfiction Hockey

Tough Guys

Hockey Rivals in Times of War and Disaster

by (author) Eric Zweig

James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
Initial publish date
Feb 2012
Hockey, General
Recommended Age
11 to 17
Recommended Grade
8 to 12
Recommended Reading age
11 to 17
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Feb 2012
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  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Nov 2009
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2009
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"Bad" Joe Hall and Newsy Lalonde were bitter enemies on the ice. Crowds were drawn as these two roughneck hockey players battled it out for victory. But the game changed during WWI, when many of Canada's hockey players left the game to become soldiers and fight for their country. Rivals Joe and Newsy were then forced to play side by side as teammates. And in 1919, just when the fighting overseas ended and things were looking up for hockey, the Spanish Influenza quickly spread across North America. The Stanley Cup was put in jeopardy. This is the story of two guys who learned to work together and deal with unexpected challenges of all kinds.

[Fry Reading Level - 4.7

About the author



Éric Zweig
est né à Toronto et habite maintenant à Owen Sound, en Ontario. Dès l'âge
de 10 ans, il était passionné de sports. Il écrit des articles à propos du
sport ou de l'histoire du sport depuis depuis qu'il a obtenu son diplôme en
sciences politiques de l'université Trent, en 1985. Il écrit également pour
les médias.


ERIC ZWEIG has been writing about sports since his days on the school newspaper desk. His books for kids include The Big Book of Hockey for Kids, On This Day in Hockey and MVP Superstars. Awesome Hockey Trivia for Kids is the fifth book in his Hockey Trivia for Kids series. Eric is also a noted author of adult sports books, most recently Hockey Hall of Fame Heroes and Stanley Cup: The Complete History (with Phil Pritchard); he was a contributor to The Official NHL Hockey Treasures, Centennial Edition.

He belongs to the Society for International Hockey Research and lives in Owen Sound, Ontario.


Eric Zweig's profile page

Editorial Reviews

"In this interesting and plainly written book on the pre-NHL days of professional hockey in Canada, the main event is not the game itself but events that seemed to conspire against it...For young readers of today, this book is a respectable eye-opener in terms of salaries, team spirit, patriotism and just plain love of the game."

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"With their small trim size, short chapters, and smattering of black-and-white photographs, these accessible books may draw reluctant-reader sports fans."

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