Seahawk is a history of a championship New England town hockey team composed of WWII veterans, and a memoir of a boy's lifelong connection to hockey. At the age of fourteen, the author became the Seahawks' goaltender. The Rye, NH Seahawks were a dominant club, and played for a New Hampshire Class B state championship and a New England Class B championship in the venerable Boston Garden. Explores aging while playing contact sports.
With Seahawk, the author rescues a great and moving hockey story from oblivion and, in the process, creates a world where sport and the lives of players are explored in exquisite detail with assured, writerly poise. A fine literary descendant of Jack Falla's Home Ice and Peter Gzowski's The Game of Our Lives. Like any good hockey book, it teaches us more about the world than hockey itself.
(Dave Bidini, Author of Tropic of Hockey and The Best Game You Can Name, October 3, 2008)
Bruce Valley's Seahawk : Confessions of an Old Hockey Goalie is a look deep within the living, beating heart of hockey. Written with a sense of authenticity and ― rare in hockey circles ― a genuinely intimate portrait of the game, Seahawk takes me way back, long before the NHL and Boston Bruins, to my early boyhood playing for fun on pond ice. Seahawk will evoke those memories in all its readers. Don't miss this terrific hockey book!
(Bruce Valley's Seahawk : Confession)
Seahawk is a great hockey story, reminding us of how competitively the amateur game was played in New England, decades before some of us were privileged to play in the NHL. And Bruce Valley is obviously a goalie with a great heart. He may be well into his sixties but I'd play on a team with him anytime.
(Seahawk is a great hockey story, r)
Former Boston Bruin |s Seahawk is a wonderfully entertaining look at vintage amateur hockey in post-WWII New England. Bruce Valley's inside look at the challenges of both goaltending and the aging process in sports holds nothing back. Living as I do on the New Hampshire seacoast and skating on its ponds with my children and surfing buddies, this book brings home to me how the important things in life do not change ― and reminds me how very cool life must have been in the long-ago era Seahawk describes.