Hockey Night Tonight


24 pages
ISBN 0-921556-57-8
DDC jC811'.54






Illustrations by Brenda Jones
Reviewed by Lisa Arsenault

Lisa Arsenault is an elementary-school teacher in Ajax, Ontario.


Singer-songwriter Stompin’ Tom Connors wrote (and also recorded on
several CDs) this light-hearted depiction in verse of the longstanding
rivalry between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens.

A television announcer describes a playoff game in progress. The
players flash down the ice in end-to-end action, and the suspense mounts
as first one team and then the other pulls ahead. Colorful imagery and a
skilful use of action verbs help the tension build to a satisfying
finale. Besides the activity on the ice, the colorful illustrations
depict a family watching the game on television. The rivalry between the
two teams is mirrored in the divided loyalties of the family members;
while the daughter is a Maple Leafs fan, her parents root for the
Canadiens. Hockey fans will enjoy this rollicking tribute to the game.


Connors, Tom., “Hockey Night Tonight,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed April 16, 2024,