The Lonely End of the Rink

The Lonely End of the Rink

Confessions of A Reluctant Goalie

Book - 2013
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Deeply personal yet incredibly witty, this memoir about Grant Lawrence's relationship with hockey passes back and forth between tales of his life and a fascinating history of hockey, complete with lively anecdotes about the many colorful characters of the NHL. Through Lawrence's early life, he struggled with the idea of hockey. An undersized child who wore thick glasses and knee-braces, he understood what it was like to be in the attack zone of the hockey-obsessed jocks at his school. For Lawrence, bullying and the violent game of hockey seemed to go hand-in-hand. Yet he was also enamored with the sport and eventually learned that playing goalie on a hockey team isn't all that different from playing in a band, and that artistically-minded wimps can find just as much joy in the game as their meathead counterparts.
Publisher: Madeira Park, B.C. :, Douglas & McIntyre,, 2013
Madeira Park, B.C. : Douglas & McIntyre, 2013
ISBN: 9781771000772
1771000775
Branch Call Number: 384.54092 LAW NVD
Characteristics: xiv, 255 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

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patcumming Jun 07, 2016

Part memoir, part history of the Vancouver Canucks, this will appeal to hockey afficiandos.

Hawkstar76 Oct 26, 2015

Highly recommended book, Grant is funny and honest and writes with spontaneity and fluidity.. Plus he mentions Nardwuar the Human Serviette, so it has to be good.

ksoles Mar 07, 2014

Canadians have no shortage of feel-good, hockey-themed memoirs from which to choose; tales of simple, warm-hearted folks who find solace on frozen ponds and eventually climb to NHL stardom fill bookstore shelves in an attempt to remind us that hockey is, in Don Cherry's words, "a sport made only for the most upstanding of people."

Grant Lawrence never came close to playing in the NHL but his story certainly fits into the tired "hockey changed my life" genre. His new book, "The Lonely End Of The Rink: Confessions of a Reluctant Goalie," varies slightly from the standard plot as Lawrence found the goalkeeper position because he didn’t want to partake in a pick-up scrimmage. But, predictably, Lawrence gives an unflinching account of how tending goal allowed a taciturn, skinny nerd to break out of his shell and realize his true capabilities.

Best known for his day job on CBC Radio and as the lead singer of The Smugglers, Lawrence does deftly blend these two aspects of his life: the young artist desperately seeking his voice and the pseudo-athlete trying to evade scrutiny from the jocks. His strength in writing here lies in his self-reflection as he balances two distinct social statuses. However, at times he delves too far into mundane details of his growing up, ones that readers will not find unique or interesting. More ruthless editing could have prevented many of his chapters from slowing down to a near crawl.

An ultimately charming but hackneyed account of how hockey, in all its glory, can seduce even the most unlikely of people.

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coastalkate
Jan 05, 2014

Really enjoyed this one. Well written, and an interesting perspective on the game. As I'm also west coast raised in the 70s and 80s, lots of the cultural references were very relevant to me as well.

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