By Jeffrey C. Domm
There are any number of conflicting theories about hockey’s birthplace. Some like to imagine it began at a boys’ school in the Annapolis Valley. Many historians point to Halifax or Montreal or the games of the Native tribes. With Wild Pond Hockey, nature writer and first-time children’s author Jeffrey C. Domm offers a whimsical new theory: perhaps hockey began in the remote wilderness, as wolves and crows scrabbled about playfully on a frozen pond. It’s a distinctively Canadian sort of fairytale—imagine if Gordon Lightfoot wrote “Canadian Railroad Trilogy” for kids—that he beautifully complements with photorealistic illustrations.