Welcome to Hollydell Ice Arena, a.k.a. the best babysitter in Sewell, N.J. It’s summer in the early 2000s, and a dozen neighborhood boys have the perfect outlet for their mischievous energy. The Gaudreau brothers, Johnny and Matty, have hookups at Hollydell. Their dad, a former dairy farmer named Guy, runs the joint. No one uses the ice much this time of year, so he hands the keys to his sons, who recruit two teams’ worth of skaters and two goalies. Guy holes up in the office, planning the schedule for the upcoming busy season while the boys play.
And do they ever play. They skate for three or four hours, then hit the snack bar for lunch. Then it’s back on the ice for the rest of the day. Sometimes, they play so long they don’t even see the sun.
On the ice, it’s Team Matty versus Team Jo...
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