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USA Hockey Launches Jack Falla Junior Reporter Essay Contest

Jack Falla, a man synonymous with so many things we hold dear – hockey, backyard rinks, writing, breadsticks – is the inspiration behind a new contest being held by USA Hockey. The Jack Falla Junior Reporter Essay Contest, launched recently…

MA Hockey Hall of Fame to Honor Jack Falla

Jack Falla’s influence on the backyard rink community, yours truly, and this website is well documented. Thousands of people drag plywood out of the basement or from under the deck and spend a day or two each fall erecting their…

Thanking Jack Falla, Three Years Later

I still remember sitting at my computer and writing that email. It was August 11, 2008, and I had just signed up for the Yahoo Backyard Rink group. I introduced myself. Hi all, I just wanted to introduce myself. My…

Book Review: ‘Open Ice’ by Jack Falla

I originally wrote this book review in January 2009 for a website I belong to called Goodreads.  I’ve gone back and refined it, and thought I would post it here, since I believe the primary tenets of this book very…

The Falla Family Needs Your Help

You’ve probably never met Colin Falla. Colin’s a five-year-old boy who lives just west of Boston, and like most kids his age, he likes swimming, riding his bike, playing sports, and building Legos. If you happened to run into him,…