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Shoots and Scores: Uncle John's Bathroom Reader    by Bathroom Readers' Institute order for
Shoots and Scores
by Bathroom Readers' Institute
Order:  USA  Can
Raincoast, 2005 (2005)

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* * *   Reviewed by Martina Bexte

Just when you thought that the Uncle John's Bathroom Reader collection had covered every subject under the sun along comes Shoots and Scores, a collection of hockey knowledge that'll keep you and your entire family entertained for hours.

The book's laid-back banter discusses all aspects of the game from hockey's earliest beginnings to how the leagues work, and their long road to winning the Stanley Cup. Find out more about some of the game's greatest players, from Rocket Richard to Gordie Howe and Wayne Gretzky. There are sections about Off Ice Personalities and others about the Unsung Pioneers of the Game. Want to know a little more about Accessories of Hockey or some real characters on the ice and off? Just keep flipping the pages for loads of interesting anecdotes and snippets.

Learn more about some of the most bizarre face injuries suffered on the ice and the fiasco that ensued after 'FOX TV invented a puck that had a red tail to help hockey fans follow the bouncing disc on televised games'. Find out why some goalies are considered weird and read about a few of the Ceremonies and Superstitions that many players swear by. Find out more interesting facts about the irreverent Don Cherry and his dog sidekick Blue. And if you're in the mood to settle in a bit longer before vacating the throne, there's the odd quiz to test your hockey wisdom.

Shoots and Scores is a fascinating collection of facts, trivia and downright silliness about the greatest game on ice. It also makes a perfect gift for that favorite hockey fanatic amongst your family and friends.

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