Saturday, April 26, 2008

Joyce article on Shattuck-St. Mary's

For those interested in the NHL entry draft, this article in ESPN the Magazine is a must-read. Gare Joyce, who wrote Future Greats and Heartbreaks, describes the hockey factory that is Shattuck-St. Mary's, a private high school in Minnesota.

The school has a slew of regional and national titles, for both its men's and its women's teams. But neither the banners in the new rink nor the list of NHL players who went there does justice to the special qualities of SSM. They only partly explain why Wayne Gretzky sent his son here, why Mario Lemieux probably will too. "A little like a cult," is how J.P. Parise, the NHL journeyman and father of Zach (and the hockey program), explains it.


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