"...About the Size of a Loonie"
The story begins with Trent Evans, the Edmonton ice technician who worked at the Games' primary hockey venue, the E Center. As the floor of the arena was being flooded and frozen in layers, a colleague mentioned that centre ice should be marked with a drop of paint, "about the size of a loonie."
The next day Evans fished a dollar coin from his pocket and dropped it at the centre spot, where it was cover by 5/8 inch of ice (later, when ordered to remove the coin by his superiors, Evans added a dab of paint for camouflage). The loonie bore silent witness as the Canadian men's and women's teams won their respective gold medals, after which Wayne Gretzky displayed it to a bemused international media.
While "A Loonie for Luck" does its job nicely, it makes you wish for the book that tells the broader and more compelling story of Olympic hockey gold: how the men evolved from underachievers to champions, how the women dramatically beat the odds and - most importantly - how the entire drama gripped Canadians from Kamloops to Kanduhar. That book might never be written, as the Salt Lake City Games already seem like a long time ago.
But Roy MacGregor's offering is a modest gem, a little piece of myth-making to fire the imaginations of a new generation of Canadian hockey fans and players.