Follow a gang
of (mostly) Canadians as they wander from Lake Charles
to El Paso, Waco to Monroe, Belton to Albuquerque, battling
Mudbugs and Buzzards and Jackalopes, oh my! Marvel at
how many times one bus can break down over the course
of six months! Find out how one team can have two captains,
two coaches and ten rookies. Smell the blood! Taste
the beer! And look out for flying pucks!
Hockey today can
be summed up in two words: "Go south!" The
biggest boom in hockey has been at the lower levels
of minor pro, and a large number of these teams are
south of the Mason-Dixon line. Most of the players on
these teams are Canadian.
follows the fortunes of one of these teams, the Austin
Ice Bats, as they wander from Lake Charles to El Paso,
Waco to Monroe, and Belton to Albuquerque, living on
fast food and Gatorade, holding practices in deserted
shopping malls and dealing with slushy ice in too-warm
arenas, among other challenges.
Writer Jason Cohen
joined the team in the locker room between periods,
suffered through every bus ride and even spent a night
in the penalty box as he came to know life in desert-style
From the first
spark of the pre-game blowtorch to the last swig of
post-game beer, Zamboni Rodeo offers an inside look
at the game's quirks, personalities, and day-to-day
routines. It is a world where people still play for
the love of the game and fans can get themselves a conversation
as well as an autograph, no charge.
hilarious and poignant, Zamboni Rodeo will appeal to
hockey fans and non-fans alike!