Aug 4, 2017

TRAVERSE CITY — What’s funnier than a sport where fans sneak in octopus in their pants, where men sit in penalty boxes like kids on a time-out, and where languages collide in the locker room like a mini United Nations?

Not much, believes writer Mitch Albom, who accordingly turned from baseball (“Ernie”) to hockey when creating his first musical comedy.

“Hockey is kind of a comical sport anyway,” said Albom, who’s best-known as a syndicated sports and lifestyle columnist and author of books like “Tuesdays with Morrie” and “Have a Little Faith.”

Albom’s “Hockey — The Musical!” opens Aug. 9 at the City Opera House in the show’s first production outside Detroit.

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