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Scarlet Ice: The Story of Minnesota High School Hockey Player John Janavaras and the Team He Loved

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  19 ratings  ·  9 reviews
For the Mankato West Scarlets, the winter of 1994-95 was a tumultuous one. As a newly formed high school team in Minnesota--the State of Hockey--the Scarlets lacked the talent and experience of their peers, making every game a challenge of will. Success was fleeting and off-ice conflict pitted underclassmen versus seniors, players against coaches. John Janavaras was the sm ...more
Paperback, 231 pages
Published December 20th 2011 by Two Harbors Press
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Teddy Olson
I heard this was a good book and I found it on Amazon.com for a reasonable price. What I had heard about this book was verifiably accurate. I couldn't put it down. I thought the writing style was crisp, creative and void of cliche. Dier's style worked for me. It wasn't overwritten; the author seemed to have the good sense to let the story tell itself. Dier didn't need to embellish the story he witnessed, as it was powerful enough.

I don't know if this is a human interest story first or a hockey
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Rachel
This book gets 5 stars from me simply because I experienced this firsthand. As another reader mentioned, the writing style is certainly not award-worthy, and for me the play-by-plays of the hockey games were over my head, but overall the story was an emotional roller coaster. Having known John since kindergarten, I remember the day he died like it was yesterday. Reading the story and hearing others' perspectives-along with details I hadn't known before, this book brought back vivid memories of a ...more
Sara Stenhaug
This was an interesting nonfiction book about a young boy who played hockey for Mankato West and contracts meningitis. It took place in 1994-95 and I can remember much of the news surrounding the scare that their city went through. Was neat to read about people I actually know but have to be honest that I am not a huge hockey fan so skipped over the description of some of the games rather quickly. The last few chapters deal with the playoff game against New Ulm. The book is written by Roger Dier ...more
Craig
You'd almost have to be a hockey nut, or even better yet a hockey nut from southwest MN to really enjoy this book.... So I am and I did.

Some of the characters are people I know (Crane, Fuhr, Macho, Carroll), know of, and certainly there are are so many common threads. My work in health care and life as a hockey booster in a town not far from Mankato make me the perfect audience for this book.

A heartbreaking loss for a hockey family and the Mankato West team's season wrapped around this make it
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Read  Ribbet
The author Roger Dier was my son's hockey coach at a time in which hockey played a critical role in keeping my son on track. This story about high school hockey in Minnesota is heartbreaking but inspiring. As a sportswriter, Roger captures the hockey well and the side story about a young hockey player is powerfully told with just enough needed detail without an overwhelming emotional narrative. I was reading the book in public so I tried to keep my emotions in check.

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Nekea
This was very hard for me to rate. I think that having the personal connection by living that experience and knowing most of the people in the book definitely affects my rating. There is a lot of play by play hockey terminology that could be good or bad depending on how into hockey you are. I do feel that things didn't always transition smoothly though. The story behind the book is very good and needs to be told.
Rachel
I'm not into hockey, so I mostly skimmed or skipped the hockey parts (which was most of the book). I wanted to read this because I grew up in Mankato and was in 8th grade during the meningitis outbreak. I didn't know John personally, but we went to the same elementary school so I knew who he was. I was interested in learning about what he had been like as a person and how his family dealt with such a tragedy. Though I was not prepared for the level of detail around his death (that part was extre ...more
Kelly
I read this with interest because my brother-in-law was one of the players on Mankato West's team. It was an easy read and like some other reviews mention, I skipped over most of the hockey play-by-play. The details of JJ's death were difficult to read as a parent and I definitely cried. JJ touched many people's hearts - I'm grateful his story was written.
Tricia
Mr. Dier loves his hockey!
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