Stas Breznikov seethes every time he hears his father utter that word to him. It’s Russian, and it means "thug." Stas and his family came to America because it was the land of opportunity, but hockey in America isn’t what they expected. Stas and his father hope that things will be different with the Sharks, a Triple-A select team, but a coach who likes "goon hockey" makes a bad situation even worse. Meanwhile, the Breznikovs struggle to adjust to life in their new country. Known as Zamboni Brez for his job at the local rink, Mr. Breznikov is frustrated by Stas’s disastrous hockey team, a daughter who would rather play hockey than figure skate and a new language he cannot master. The only hope for Stas and his family lies with his father’s secret past in Moscow.
Zamboni Brez is a family hockey novel that captures all the excitement of the world’s fastest sport. It’s a story about a hockey player fighting an uphill battle on and off the ice.
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