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  The Hockey Tree
Written by David Ward, Illustrated by Brian Deines

• Shining Willow Award Winner
• Chocloate Lily Award Nominee

Owen can’t wait to get to the lake for a day of hockey. As soon as his skates are tied, he’s on the ice. Back and forth he races with his sister and his dad, passing and shooting — until they lose their puck. But the game isn’t over yet. His dad has a plan...


About The Hockey Tree

First of all…I love hockey! I love playing it and I love watching it. Our son, Owen, plays for a team called, The Thunder Strikers. My wife and I enjoy watching each game and cheering like crazy. Holly, our daughter, is much younger than in the book. But she is very fast for her age and likes to keep up with her brother.

A few years ago, I visited the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto with my friend Paul Kapular. What an amazing place! There was so much to see. I spent a long time staring at the Wayne Gretsky section. There is another part of the Hall where you can try your skills as a play by play announcer. There is a screen in front of you and a microphone. Suddenly, the game is on and you have to try and keep up with the play, calling out the players’ names and saying what they are doing with the puck. Paul was much better than I was. I think the announcers at real games are pretty amazing. It’s a tough job.

One of my favorite things to do is to take a bucket of pucks and skate to one end of the rink. Then, one after the other, really fast, I fire the pucks at the far net. It is such a good feeling when any one of them manages to go in. It’s even better if you take a friend who can fire them back at you!

In the author’s note of The Hockey Tree there are two hockey players mentioned who were born or raised in Humboldt, Saskatchewan: Tony Leswick and Glen Hall. The links below give you a little information about them and their player stats. My favorite part is in the last link, which describes how Glenn Hall shared the Vezina trophy with fellow teammate, Jacques Plante in the same year!

Legends of Hockey: Tony Joseph Leswick
Legends of Hockey: Glen Hall
Legends of Hockey: Glen Hall, One on One

Brian Deines, who illustrated The Hockey Tree, is also a crazy hockey nut. We talked on the phone for a while and both of us realized how much we enjoy the game. I so appreciate Brian’s ability as an artist. He managed to make each painting on the lake feel cold! Two of Brian’s Hockey Tree paintings are hanging in our house…can you guess which ones? Thanks Brian! You’re amazing! - DW.

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published by Scholastic Books

Cover artwork used with permission.
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Also by David Ward & Brian Deines:

One Hockey Night

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