Slushy ice and foggy arenas that still smell of last
week's rodeo, hockey Texas-style has a flavour all its
Jason Cohen, a Philly expat and Flyers fan, covered
the Austin Ice Bats of the Western Professional Hockey
League for the Austin American Statesman. He knows his
hockey but, more importantly, understands the dreams
of the young and the not-so-young who play at this level
Success for them often means making it up to the International
Hockey League, and an impossible dream is the NHL.
To his credit, Cohen treats these dreamers with the
respect they deserve.
He has an eye for the true characters of the sport,
and the talent to tell their stories with both humour