FURY ON SKATES by Donald Honig


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In a day when many professional and Olympic caliber athletes are questioning the values of cutthroat competition, the dilemma of prep school hockey ace Tom Glendower asks for serious attention. On the ice Tom finds himself seized by an uncontrollable temper and, after he lands one opponent in the hospital with a concussion, Tom begins to brood about quitting hockey altogether. Then his Dad (himself a sidelined pro) lures Tom into a workout on skates and -- after Tom deals him a sharp elbow to the ribs -- informs him that his so-called killer instinct is nothing more than the result of ""youthful spirit. . . full of beans, as they said when I was a kid."" Possibly so, but the cut and dried analysis is not very convincing, especially since Tom's anger has looked suspiciously like displaced hostility towards his father. One can't help feeling cheated by the spurious resolution, and wonder why Honig sets up a problem situation only to pull his punches when the going gets rough.

Pub Date: Sept. 30th, 1974
Page count: 128pp
Publisher: Four Winds