Selling the Dream

Selling the Dream

How Hockey Parents and Their Kids Are Paying the Price for Our National Obsession

Book - 2013
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Drawing on decades of combined experience in hockey at all levels, Ken Campbell and Jim Parcels pull back the curtain on hockey to show just how far our national game has strayed from its roots.

What they reveal is a system driven by unrealistic expectations of a financial windfall, where minor-hockey fees and new sticks for kids are deemed "investments"-- and where there is no shortage of entrepreneurs more than happy to take money from starry-eyed parents.

Always informative, often shocking, Selling the Dream is not only a guidebook for legions of hockey parents across the country, its a defence of the game we all love, and of childhood itself.

Publisher: Toronto : Viking, c2013
ISBN: 9780670065738
Branch Call Number: 796 .962 CAM
Characteristics: 360 p. ;,24 cm
Additional Contributors: Parcels, Jim

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patdavon
Jul 19, 2013

This is an interesting book. I did not get all the way through it as it is quite large and I did not have the time, just then, to read a large book. There are many interesting anecdotal examples and it will give parents some basis on which to assess how much they are devoting to hockey. The tone of the book does lean toward wondering why some people devote so much but it is not completely negative. If you do decide that that is the activity you wish to devote a lot of time and money to it will make you more aware of the myriad of choices in that field and the pros and cons of different choices. I found the book an interesting read.

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