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Title : The Lone Star Skate: Improbable (But True) Stories of Texas's Hockey Heroes
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ISBN : 9781934454381
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 180 Pages
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The Lone Star Skate: Improbable (But True) Stories of Texas's Hockey Heroes Reviews

  • Orbs n Rings
    2019-01-20 07:23

    Hart puts it all out, the joy the pain, feel it run deep in this tribute to hockey in Texas.As a hockey fan I was very interested in reviewing The Lone Star Skate. I was excited to learn how and when hockey came to Texas. Living here in Pennsylvania and never having placed a foot in Texas, this is as close as I could get to the sport in that state. Since my husband and I are true Philadelphia Flyer fans there was no pressure for me in reviewing this book. Texas is definitely not a state that one thinks of when you think of hockey that's for sure. I really enjoyed reading and learning about all the hard working and interesting people that helped bring hockey to Texas. My favorites are the Howe family and the Dineen family, however I really did love reading about Terry Ruskowski's faith, energy and love for the youth. The Lone Star Skate gets you behind the scenes to show all the hard work including the failures and disappointments through out the years in bringing hockey to Texas. The chapter on Mike Madano was very interesting and you really get to feel what a humble person he really is underneath his jersey. Hart has a good soul, I do believe if he can continue sharing the love of hockey with the youth while bringing God into their lives, he will continue to be blessed. I believe this was part of his failure when he brought the Houston Aeros to Texas. Apparently he was going the opposite direction of where God wanted him to go and this is why it all feel apart. Sometimes we don't get our dream exactly as we picture it but we need to be satisfied with what we have accomplish, then doors open in places we would never have imagined. I feel saddened by the bad rap hockey has gotten through all the years, into the present. How some think religion can't mix with it because of the fighting. Yet raised as Catholic, throughout my life, I have watched countless family members who also call themselves religious, view boxing as such a great sport. I consider boxing to be one of the most destructive sports there is to a human being. I don't care how many prayers are said before a fight. But that would be a completely different review. Hockey is about sportsmanship, teamwork, harmony, love, sweat, tears and joy. Hockey is so much more than I can say here and yes it does include fighting, blood and injuries just like any other sport. Hockey is a sport that has a wide variety of charitable causes it donates time and money to. Hockey for me is the only sport I can actually watch on television and not fall asleep, it is non-stop action.For me the true highlight of The Lone Star Skate was learning how Texas has gone from a state with only a couple of youth hockey rinks and less than 275 kids playing the game. To more than twenty-three rinks, 8,000 registered youth players and about eighty high school hockey teams as of 2009. It is almost impossible to imagine where all these kids would be or what they would be doing now if not for hockey in Texas. To this I say hockey has been a blessing all around.Hart has a good soul, I do believe if he can continue sharing the love of hockey with the youth while bringing God into their lives, he will continue to be blessed. I believe this was part of his failure when he brought the Houston Aeros to Texas. Apparently he was going the opposite direction of where God wanted him to go and this is why it all feel apart. Sometimes we don't get our dream exactly as we picture it but we need to be satisfied with what we have accomplish, then doors open in places we would never have imagined. I feel saddened by the bad rap hockey has gotten through all the years, into the present. How some think religion can't mix with it because of the fighting. Yet raised as Catholic, throughout my life, I have watched countless family members who also call themselves religious, view boxing as such a great sport. I consider boxing to be one of the most destructive sports there is to a human being. I don't care how many prayers are said before a fight. But that would be a completely different review. Hockey is about sportsmanship, teamwork, harmony, love, sweat, tears and joy. Hockey is so much more than I can say here and yes it does include fighting, blood and injuries just like any other sport. Hockey is a sport that has a wide variety of charitable causes it donates time and money to. Hockey for me is the only sport I can actually watch on television and not fall asleep, it is non-stop action.For me the true highlight of The Lone Star Skate was learning how Texas has gone from a state with only a couple of youth hockey rinks and less than 275 kids playing the game. To more than twenty-three rinks, 8,000 registered youth players and about eighty high school hockey teams as of 2009. It is almost impossible to imagine where all these kids would be or what they would be doing now if not for hockey in Texas. To this I say hockey has been a blessing all around.I have not been compensated for this review and all opinions expressed above are solely mine. I have only been provided with a complimentary copy of The Lone Star Skate book for review.

  • Rebecca Dobrinski
    2019-02-10 09:06

    “Black gold…Texas tea…” When the average person thinks of sports in the Lone Star State, the images usually conjured in their mind tend toward the iconic Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders, Nolan Ryan pitching for the Texas Rangers, and lots of fans in Austin yelling “Hook ‘Em Horns!” For hockey fans, though, it is often the (sometimes still controversial) relocation of the Minnesota North Stars to Dallas, Mike Modano’s amazing career in that city, and Brett Hull’s Stanley Cup winning goal. Of course, there is more to Texas hockey than that. In The Lone Star Skate: Improbable (But True) Stories of Texas’s Hockey Heroes, Glenn Hart and Rusty Burson, took the time to introduce readers to a few of local hockey’s more famous names and their contributions to the legacy of Texas hockey...Read the rest of my review at The Hockey Writers.

  • Tami
    2019-02-03 04:53

    When you think of hockey, you probably don’t think about Texas. Football, most definitely, but not hockey. Like many people, you probably even shook your head when the North Stars moved to Dallas. If hockey wasn`t viable in Minnesota, how could it possibly survive in Texas of all places. Yet, somehow some way, the Dallas Stars have created a following in Texas. The Lone Star Skate talks about what happened behind the scenes and the people who did the impossible. It`s an interesting story, particularly the creative means used to introduce Texans to the game. Of course, no book about hockey in Texas would be complete without a good chapter about the Howe Family and the Houstan Aeros. The Aeros were a WHA team that folded just before the merger with the NHL that saw the Jets, Nordiques, etc added to the league. It was with the Aeros that the legendary Gordie Howe played side by side with his sons Mark and Marty in what the books describes as his happiest hockey years.