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Ice Time: A Tale of Fathers, Sons, and Hometown Heroes

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  126 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
As kids, we all had passions -- something we loved doing, experienced with our friends, dreamed about every spare moment. For Jay Atkinson, who grew up in a small Massachusetts town, it was hockey. When Bobby Orr scored the winning goal in the 1970 Stanley Cup Finals against the St. Louis Blues, Atkinson became a fan for life. In 1975, he played on the first Methuen Ranger ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 24th 2002 by Broadway Books (first published 2001)
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Zach Wezniak
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
As a hockey player, Jay Atkinson’s ice time was a great book to read. The story of growing up in Massachusetts and playing hockey is very relatable to me and I can connect to the stories of being at the rink and the emotions in the sport. I also like the story of returning to his high school team and helping out. Over all, I enjoyed reading this book and hearing about his stories in the rink.
Joe Proulx
Jan 28, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: had-to-put-down
I'm a hockey guy...a pond hockey guy, a backyard rink guy, a youth and high school hockey guy.

And I didn't last 40 pages.

This should be one of my favorite books. It should speak to me in the way a book about high school hockey should speak to someone who played, lived, and loved high school hockey. But something about Mr Atkinson didn't feel right. There was an unspoken arrogance that I couldn't shake, cemented by this passage (which I'll shorten to reduce the clutter), in which he skates at t
Mar 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read the book Ice time by Jay Atkinson. It's a tale of fathers, sons, and hometown heroes as stated on the cover of the book. It's about the love he has for the game and a varsity high school team, he shows it through the times he goes out on the pond and spends hours on hours by himself skating. In the winter he goes out and drives around just to find a pond kids are playing on, and will try to get in on the game. Being a hockey boy I can relate very much the passion he has for the game is ve ...more
Mia Parviainen
Jul 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
I don't normally read books about sports--I don't religiously follow any sports teams. I don't watch a lot of games. But, I did go to a university with Division 1 hockey and saw quite a few games there, so I have a rudimentary understanding of hockey and how it works. Having a basic understanding of how the game functions and how teams work makes the book understandable and exciting.

The book is nonfiction. In it, author Jay Atkinson spends a season with Methuen High School's hockey team. Inters
Jun 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
I found this book to be very well written by Jay Atkinson. I really liked it because I'm a true hockey player and hockey fan and when my father showed me the book when I need a reading book for class I saw it was a hockey book and decided to give it a try. It was a great choice for a book to read.
The main reason I enjoyed this book was because of how it was based on a true story and how realistic it was. Also how it was like real life situations in my life and how my hockey carrier has gone. Th
Gage Mcnally
May 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Ice Time by Jay Atkinson is about different high school hockey players. The author did a good job showing how much it means for the kids to play hockey and what they had to go through to get to where they wanted to be. This book reminded me of my football league i used to play in because the coaches in this book really try and teach the kids everything they know and they are there role models. They have so much dedication to the kids it’s amazing and it’s rare to find coaches like that but i kno ...more
William YU
Jan 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
As many would say many childhoods revolves around one major thing sports. In the book ice time Jay Atkinson fell in love with hockey when Bobby Orr scored the winning goal in the 1970’s Stanley Cup finals. Living in a small Massachusetts town there wasn’t much to do during the winter and when the nearby lake froze during the winter everybody got out their skates and rushed down to play some hockey. But after 25 years playing for the Rangers Atkinson decides to go back to his old high school as a ...more
Dec 28, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: hockey fans, general readers
This is a terrific memoir connecting three threads: the author's youth playing hockey, his work as a volunteer coach for his old high school hockey team, and his efforts to introduce his young son to hockey. The focus rarely leaves these three threads, making this one of the most well-structured memoirs I've read in years. In addition, the prose is lyrical and poetic, often in sharp contrast to the rough-and-tumble sport and the gritty neighborhood settings. (The reviewer who gave this book one ...more
Lindsay Coppens
Dec 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This guy loves hockey, and reading this book - part memoir, part chronicle of a Metheun High season in the late 90's- helped me appreciate the game much more. At times, though, how much Atkinson kept reliving his glory days through playing alongside high schoolers felt odd. Also, I think he mentioned his wife once. I found myself feeling bad for her because of his obsession with the true love of his life.
A little overly sentimental, a little overwrought. Atkinson's love for hockey, however, is pure, earnest and unmistakable. That, along with his movie-sharp evocations of the gritty on-ice action and the complex strategies of the game make this book a pleasure to read.
Oct 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
loved it because it was set in Methuen and I went to high school with guys like this
Richard Mulholland
Fucking brilliant book - excellent.

This has to go down as one of the best books I've ever read.
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Well written, and brought back a lot of memories. Very heartwarming!
Dec 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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