Wayne Tefs' fan memoir On the Fly was featured in a Christmas edition of The Owen Sound Sun Times as one of two books to "help those missing their NHL fix." Andrew Armitage writes that, "for hockey fans, there could be no better book, one that is told with the passion and ecstasy of a true fan with a deep understanding of the game." Tefs' descriptions of solidarity through fandom resonate with Armitage, who sees On the Fly as a "reminder of a sport...that has imbued itself into the heartbeat of the nation.
On the Fly: After 15 long years the passion of Winnipeg’s hockey fan’s was reignited with the return of the Jets. On the Fly chronicles the return of professional hockey to the river city, capturing the thrill of every faceoff. From the last minute goals to the missed calls, On the Fly brings a true “gut” reaction to hockey. What’s more, Tefs reflects on what it is to be a fan and lose yourself in the ecstasy and agony of the game.
Wayne Tefs was born in Winnipeg and grew up in northwestern Ontario. He has edited a number of anthologies and published eight novels and a work of non-fiction. His novel Moon Lake received the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction in 2000 and his novel Be Wolf won the 2007 McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award. He lives in Winnipeg with his wife and son.