UNCLE CHARLIE’S NHL GLORY DAYS RELIVED IN SHOW
Vancouver Sun (Monday, September 12, 2011)
by Peter Birnie


Jim Sands had an uncle he never met, but boy, did research on Charlie Sands prove to be fine fodder for Jim's Fringe show.

In an appealing hour of rambling storytelling with some nice guitar work at either end, Charlie's legend is well-served by his nephew's gentle patter about the glory days of the NHL.

Sands Senior served Conn Smythe and his mighty Toronto Maple Leafs - yes they were, at least back in the 1930s - and Jim uncovers some key moments in hockey history involving the hated Boston Bruins (with the hated Eddie Shore) and the amazing game of April 3, 1933, when more than 104 minutes of overtime finally ended with ... well, you'll have to hear young Jim tell the tale.

 

CHARLIE: A HOCKEY STORY
Edmonton Vue Magazine (August 12, 2012)
by Douglas Hoyer

Jim Sands begins his show about hockey lore from the ‘30s and ‘40s with the strum of his guitar, but his true craft is in his storytelling.

Sands dismisses any fears that a non-hockey fan might have towards the play by declaring that he was indifferent to hockey as a child, finding more excitement in the adventures of Mr. Spock in Star Trek.

Tales about Jim’s NHL playing uncle, Charlie Sands, various historical anecdotes from the game, and literary lessons are masterfully woven together against the backdrop of Jim’s troubled relationship with his father.

This is an honest, heartfelt and well-crafted show. Take you folks!