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River of Champions is the riveting tale of a gritty high school hockey team's extraordinary run for their state championship. Nail biting suspense and non-stop excitement follow this inspired but rebellious team of head cases, rabble-rousers and cast offs in their against-all-odds ride for glory. River of Champions is a book about the triumph of the human spirit.

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River of Champions is the riveting tale of a gritty high school hockey team's extraordinary run for their state championship. Nail biting suspense and non-stop excitement follow this inspired but rebellious team of head cases, rabble-rousers and cast offs in their against-all-odds ride for glory. River of Champions is a book about the triumph of the human spirit.

30 review for River of Champions

  1. 4 out of 5

    Paul Pessolano

    “River of Champions” by Mary Halverson Schofield, published by Snowshoe Press. Category – Sports/Hockey Publication Date – January, 1995 A must read for Hockey fans and any young man or women playing sports, especially those at the High School level. Thief River Falls is a small town in upper Minnesota that thrives on cold weather and hockey. In 1955 the High School Hockey team was favored to win the State Championship. The school had never put together a more formidable team and this was to be the “River of Champions” by Mary Halverson Schofield, published by Snowshoe Press. Category – Sports/Hockey Publication Date – January, 1995 A must read for Hockey fans and any young man or women playing sports, especially those at the High School level. Thief River Falls is a small town in upper Minnesota that thrives on cold weather and hockey. In 1955 the High School Hockey team was favored to win the State Championship. The school had never put together a more formidable team and this was to be their year. Their first opponent was Minneapolis South and they almost forfeited that game due to not having white jerseys, Thief River Falls could not afford both white and dark jerseys. The game went into eleven, yes eleven overtimes, and the winning goal was scored just after 12:30 a.m., by Minneapolis. This is only the beginning of the story. Devastated by the loss and the loss of most of their front line players, the 1956 squad was determined to go to State again. The outlook was bleak, not only had they lost their best players but they hardly had enough players to field a team. Not to be deterred, the players rallied around themselves. They scheduled early morning practices, on their own, before school, had their regular practice, and then practiced, again on their own after school. They banded together as a tight group, determined with one goal in mind. Needless to say they make it to the State Championship and again have to overcome unbelievable obstacles in their fight to win State. This includes a depleted roster and numerous serious injuries. This story should be an inspiration to any young or old athlete that achievement can by yours by setting a goal and overcoming all obstacles to obtain that goal. An outstanding read. This book may be hard to find but I know that good used copies are on Amazon at a good price.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Joey

    This is a great book. My high school cross-country team was required to read it. It was very inspiring at the time. I am a life-long hockey fan, so it is still a fun read, even though I'm past my days of high school athletics. It is a great story of determination, commitment, and teamwork. I highly recommend this book. Everybody should read it but it will be particularly impactful for a high school athlete, as it was for me.

  3. 5 out of 5

    George Nuutinen

    this book is one of the best hockey books i have ever read. The hockey team Theif river falls and how they go to state. this book shows people that they dont have to have money and a big town to win a state tourny! best book of the year for me 10/10

  4. 5 out of 5

    Bob Swanson

    Excellent book about the game of hockey

  5. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    If you like high school hockey or if you ever played hockey this book is a MUST read!!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Crystal

    3.5 stars. This book is about the 1955-56 Thief River Falls boys high school hockey team and their quest for the MN State title. I read this book because my friend's dad was the hockey coach of the team and I grew up in a small town in northern Minnesota, probably similar to Thief River Falls. I liked a lot about the book, mainly getting to relive the season and get to know the boys on the team. Also, I can't believe how banged up they were by the final game and the pain that they played through 3.5 stars. This book is about the 1955-56 Thief River Falls boys high school hockey team and their quest for the MN State title. I read this book because my friend's dad was the hockey coach of the team and I grew up in a small town in northern Minnesota, probably similar to Thief River Falls. I liked a lot about the book, mainly getting to relive the season and get to know the boys on the team. Also, I can't believe how banged up they were by the final game and the pain that they played through! I was not such a fan of was the writing, however. It came off as a little amateur - lots of similes and descriptors that just seemed to be pulled from a thesaurus. Overall though, it was a quick, fun read.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Hilary

    Great story, unfortunately the writing is sometimes frusturating.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Holly Ristau

    I'm entering the books I read in 1996 and the comments I made in a book diary at that time: A fictional account of the 1955 & 1956 state high school hockey tournaments. Very good!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Torey

  10. 5 out of 5

    Zach Klonsinski

  11. 4 out of 5

    Laxladie

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer McCarthy

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kory Reese

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kavitha

  15. 4 out of 5

    Eddie

  16. 5 out of 5

    Frank Nosek

  17. 4 out of 5

    Holly Fletcher

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey

  19. 5 out of 5

    Derrick

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ethan Proud

  21. 5 out of 5

    Michael Pritzlaff

  22. 4 out of 5

    Reggie

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mike

  24. 4 out of 5

    Roman

  25. 4 out of 5

    steven

  26. 4 out of 5

    Stephan Loeffler

  27. 5 out of 5

    Becca

  28. 5 out of 5

    Daniel J Hemkin

  29. 4 out of 5

    Peyton Rosier

  30. 4 out of 5

    Beth

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