Searching for Terry Punchout

By Tyler Hellard

Searching for Terry Punchout
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Finalist for the Amazon Canada First Novel Award

Garden State meets King Leary in this slapshot debut. Adam Macallister’s sportswriting career is about to end before it begins, but he’s got one last shot—a Sports Illustrated profile about hockey’s most notorious goon, ... Read more


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Finalist for the Amazon Canada First Novel Award

Garden State meets King Leary in this slapshot debut. Adam Macallister’s sportswriting career is about to end before it begins, but he’s got one last shot—a Sports Illustrated profile about hockey’s most notorious goon, the reclusive Terry Punchout—who also happens to be Adam’s estranged father. Adam returns to Pennington, Nova Scotia, where Terry now lives in the local rink and drives the Zamboni. Going home means drinking with old friends, revisiting neglected relationships, and dealing with lingering feelings about his father and dead mother—and discovering that his friends and family are kinder and more complicated than he ever gave them credit for. Searching for Terry Punchout is a charming and funny tale of hockey, small-town Maritime life, and how, despite our best efforts, nothing can save us from becoming our parents.

Tyler Hellard

Tyler grew up in Prince Edward Island, graduated from St. Francis Xavier University and now lives in Calgary with his wife and kids, where he writes commercial copy, technology criticism and essays. His non-fiction has appeared in THIS Magazine, The Walrus, and on CBC Radio. Before finally quitting hockey at 18, he was pretty bad at it.

Reviews

An assured debut, wryly funny, and if it doesn’t exactly carve any new ice, I’m still ready to count it as a quiet triumph. —Literary Review of Canada

There just aren’t enough good books that feature hockey. This is a good, funny and touching book that I really enjoyed reading. —Nerd Girl Loves Books

When a story contains hockey, one last chance for redemption, a trip back home and some touching family moments, it is a story that is worth reading. All of these and more are contained in Tyler Hellard’s excellent debut novel. —The Guy Who Reviews Sports Books

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