Ice hockey is the be-all and the end-all of this story of Pete Gordon, star center at Daniel Mac High School and very low in his spirits over the finality of his transfer to Northwest High School. On the score of a sports story, this is first rate hockey (one of the less backneyed topics, incidentally). The other elements are more or less routine: -- the lack of sportmanship in Pete at the start, his unpopularity with the rest of the team, less brilliant than he, but ambitious and hardworking, and the erratic progress by which he wins his place and makes himself a leader in the new school. There is too something of problems of nationalities, in the subplot concerning Bil Spunska, Polish refugee to this Canadian town, and of how he, too, made a place for himself. The weakness of the story lies in the almost incredible success of the team at the windup -- and in the complete indifference to any other aspects of school life.