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Offside Synopsis

Offside cover

Joel didn’t intend to get his hockey team, the Falcons, hooked on Sinus Minus, his wacky stepmother’s favourite cold remedy. In fact, the guys, including his best friend Ryan, got hooked on the stuff by accident. He never dreamed that they would develop a psychological dependence on the stuff, but the Falcons can’t lose when Joel furnishes the team with the Ziploc baggies of fine white powder. At first, Joel isn’t too concerned. After all, it’s just a perfectly legal, over-the-counter cold medicine. But when Ryan’s mom tries to commit suicide using a seemingly harmless drug, Joel knows that he has to wean the team off Sinus Minus. However, things get complicated when the guys lose to the last place team without the stuff and his stepmother, Lise, gets the guys involved in a Say No to Drugs campaign fundraiser. And then there’s Valerie, the synchronized skater of his dreams, whom he can’t seem to connect with. How will he ever succeed in weaning the Falcons off the stuff, without losing the championship? Offside blends Canada’s love affair with hockey and the gritty realities of legal drug use in a comic, yet serious narrative.