Company: Jim Sands Presents, Vancouver, BC
Genre: Storytelling / Spoken Word
Venue: 11 - Red River College
Sands is an affable and engaging performer with an encyclopedic knowledge of the game.
Writing a play about hockey can be a risky thing: in hockey-mad Canada, what can you possibly say about the game that hasn't already been said?
Well, by the end of this show I discovered at least one new thing - it's called a puck because of that flighty guy from Shakespeare (yes, that Puck!).
Vancouver storyteller Jim Sands is an affable and engaging performer with an encyclopedic knowledge of the game - and a personal connection to its history. His uncle Charlie Sands played in the NHL in the 1930s, and Jim weaves together colourful tales from this period with scenes of his own hockey-hating childhood.
We eventually discover why Jim transforms from hockey-hater to hockey-nut, and how the exploits of legendary players Ace Bailey and Eddie Shore (as well as his Uncle Charlie) taught him surprising lessons in forgiveness and the need to "keep plugging" through life's adversities.
But in the end, I wish Sands had fleshed out more of his personal story - especially his relationship with his distant father - so these heartfelt lessons at the end rang more true.