As the author of the sport's yearbook, The Ice Hockey Annual, I am only too well aware of how difficult it is to obtain information about this colourful but much underrated sport.
So I take my hat off to Martin Harris, the sport's foremost historian.
He has achieved a near-miracle in putting together this book which neatly combines a history of the game, descriptions of the rinks which reveal his architectural training, and lists of all the teams which have played in the UK since the turn of the 20th century (some even earlier).
Martin is an avid collector of ice hockey memorabilia so he has been able to illustrate the book with a wealth of photos, many of which have not seen the light of day for years.
There's a wealth of fascinating anecdotes on almost every page. Only in 'Homes' will you learn that in the Thirties ice hockey was played in London's Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane, and that a Brighton team once practised on a rink in a former car wash on Hove seafront. That Manchester's arena broke the British attendance record in March 1996 when 16,289 fans roared on the Storm, and that the sons of Lord Stanley, who donated Canada's Stanley Cup, used to play regularly in London.
If 'Homes' is a must for ice hockey fans, it will also appeal to all skating lovers. And it would be good to think that some of our architects would study it, too, so that they could avoid the dreadful mistakes of their predecessors.
It is a tribute to the exciting game of ice hockey that it draws crowds despite the wretched sightlines of so many UK rinks.