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The analytics software at Rickerby Hockey says that visitors to this site have hailed from twenty-one different countries. Finland, Austria, France, Israel, Ireland, United States, Switzerland, Peru, China, Sweden, Russia, Italy, Ukraine, US Virgin Islands, Germany, India, South Korea, Australia, United Kingdom, Czech Republic and Canada.

When you study the stats you note the occasional pattern, like how almost all the views from South Korea occurred during the Olympics, suggesting they weren’t from actual South Koreans but international visitors instead. My favourite pattern however is the once a week visit from Ireland. Good chance this is the same person every time. If that’s you, please write — I’d love to know your backstory.


David Ward authors books like The Lost 10 Point Night and Bay of Hope.

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  1. Rob Witherspoon October 22, 2018 at 9:19 am

    As an aspiring goaltender, Gump Worsley was my childhood hero. One Christmas I received a book that profiled a number of NHL goaltenders from that era (Crozier, Sawchuck, Bower, Plante, Giacomin and of course the Gump. My favourite Gump story from the book was the time he was given a mask to wear after being injured by a Bobby Hull slap shot. In practice a puck whistled by his head and he ducked. He took the mask off and threw it over the glass saying he’d never ducked before. Old time hockey!

    Thanks for stirring up that memory.

    1. great memory, rob. and so funny. if i was to guess, i would say that book was the late jim hunt’s ‘the men in the nets — hockey’s tortured heroes’, from 1967. thanks for sharing. long live the legend of lorne worsley.

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