The Hockey Tree tells a story of a pick up hockey game on an outdoor rink. I enjoyed Brian Deines bright and realistic paintings and the protrayal of a strong and happy family. I am drawn particularly to the vibrant sister of the main character. The depiction of a female hockey player, even as a secondary character, lifts the story from ordinary to important as part of a school library collection. A great fit for a unit on winter, sports, family and prairie life. A Willow Award book by David Ward.