Scarlet Ice The Story of Minnesota High School Hockey Player John Janavaras and the Team He Loved (Paperback)
|Author: Roger Dier|
From the Publisher:
For the Mankato West Scarlets, the winter of 1994-95 was a tumultuous one. As a newly formed high school team in Minnesota--the State of Hockey--the Scarlets lacked the talent and experience of their peers, making every game a challenge of will. Success was fleeting and off-ice conflict pitted underclassmen versus seniors, players against coaches. John Janavaras was the smallest varsity player, but he played with enough heart to draw notice every time he stepped on the ice. At fifteen years old, he was the team's cheerleader, a fearless and competitive center, and the only son of Basil and Linda Janavaras. When a swift outbreak of meningitis tore through Mankato in January 1995, the city was shaken to its core: in days, seven cases were logged, thousands of vaccinations were administered, and one tragedy left behind a permanent stain. A tribute to John Janavaras and the essence of hockey he embraced, Scarlet Ice chronicles the season that gave meaning to what was lost.