Hockey fans of all ages will get a kick out of the latest “list” book put out by the editors of Sports Illustrated Kids.
“Face-Off! Top 10 Lists of Everything in Hockey” (Time Inc. Books; hardback; $19.95; 80 pages) is not a thick book, but it has more 29 top 10 lists that are certain to spark some debate among hockey fans. The book is geared toward readers who are 8 to 12 years old, but some of the lists will even intrigue adults.
The lists cover the expected subjects, like the top 10 greatest players and coaches, rivalries and traditions. But there are some fun lists, too, like top 10 smiles (10 toothless grins of stars from Bobby Clarke to Gordie Howe. Or top 10 hairstyles, like the mullets of Jaromir Jagr (“The man. The myth. The mullet.”) and Barry Melrose.
For more colorful lists, there are the top 10 Don Cherry suits and the top 10 goalie masks. And the top 10 terrible sweaters.
As one might expect from a Sports Illustrated production, the photography is crisp and vibrant. The nuggets of information are great for young readers.
“Face-Off!” is a book that young hockey fans can share with their parents and friends. It’s also a great way to learn about hockey’s greats and the sport’s traditions.