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Behind the Bench: Inside the Minds of Hockey's Greatest Coaches
by , Sidney Crosby

Language

English

Pages

274

Publication Date

October 01, 2017

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<DIV>They are motivators, key strategists, tough bosses, and choreographers. They can be branded as heroes, ousted as scapegoats, quietly valued as friends, and everything in between. It's all in the job description for an NHL head coach. In <I>Behind the Bench</I>, ESPN's Craig Custance sits down for film sessions and candid conversations with some of the game's most notable modern luminaries—names like Mike Babcock, Joel Quenneville, Dan Bylsma, Todd McLellan, Ken Hitchcock, and Claude Julien—all of whom share their singular views on topics ranging from leadership secrets to on-ice game plans. Dissect some of hockey's greatest moments with the men who set the pieces in motion. Go straight to the source on what it's like to manage a dressing room full of the league's top stars or execute line changes with everything at stake. Signature games, including Stanley Cup finals, Olympic gold medal clashes, and World Championship contests—both wins and losses—are reflected upon and broken down in detail, making this essential reading for current and aspiring coaches, players, and hockey fans alike.</DIV>
If These Walls Could Talk: Chicago Blackhawks: Stories from the C...
by , Denis Savard

Language

English

Pages

256

Publication Date

November 15, 2017

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<DIV>Led by stars like Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, and Brent Seabrook, the Chicago Blackhawks are a modern NHL powerhouse, as much a part of Chicago as the Willis Tower or The Bean at Millennium Park. In <I>If These Walls Could Talk: Chicago Blackhawks</I>, Mark Lazerus chronicles the team's rise from the dark ages of the 2000s to the golden age of the 2010s through never-before-told stories from inside the dressing room, aboard the team plane, at the players' homes, and — especially in the case of the rowdy 2009-2010 team that started it all — in countless Chicago bars. <I>If These Walls Could Talk: Chicago Blackhawks</I> will bring readers closer to their favorite players than ever before. It's a book Hawks fans won't want to be without.</DIV>
Jack Parker's Wiseguys: The National Champion BU Terriers, the Bl...
by Tim Rappleye

Language

English

Pages

248

Publication Date

January 02, 2018

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Over the winter of 1977–78, anyone within shouting distance of a two-mile stretch of Boston’s Commonwealth Avenue—from Fenway Park to the trolley curve at Packard’s Corner—found themselves pulled into the orbit of college hockey. The hottest ticket in a sports-mad city was Boston University’s Terriers, a team so tough it was said they didn’t have fans—they took hostages. Eschewing the usual recruiting pools in Canada, Jack Parker and his coaching staff assembled a squad that included three stars from nearby Charlestown, then known as the “armed robbery capital of America.”<br /><br />Jack Parker’s Wiseguys is the story of a high-flying, headline-dominating, national championship squad led by three future stars of the Miracle on Ice, the medal-round game the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team won against the heavily favored Soviet Union. Now retired, Parker is a thoughtful statesman for the sport, a revered figure who held the longest tenure of any coach in Boston sports history. But during the 1977–78 season, he was just five years into his reign—and only a decade or so older than his players. Fiery, mercurial, as tough as any of his tough guys, Parker and his team were to face the pressure-cooker expectations of four previous also-ran seasons, further heightened by barroom brawls, off-the-ice shenanigans, and the citywide shutdown caused by one of the biggest blizzards to ever hit the Northeast.<br /><br />This season was to be Parker’s watershed, a roller-coaster ride of nail-biting victories and unimaginable tragedy, played out in increasingly strident headlines as his team opened the season with an unprecedented twenty-one straight wins. Only the second loss of the year eliminated the Terriers from their league playoffs and possibly from national contention; hours after the game Parker’s wife died from cancer. The story of how the team responded—coming back to win the national championship a week after Parker buried his wife—makes a compelling tale for Boston sports fans and everyone else who feels a thrill of pride at America’s unlikely win over the Soviet national team—a victory forged on Commonwealth Avenue in that bitter, beautiful winter of ’78.
Ice Capades: A Memoir of Fast Living and Tough Hockey
by , Michael McKinley

Language

English

Pages

323

Publication Date

October 24, 2017

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<b>**One of <i>Sports Illustrated</i>'s Best Sports Books of 2017**<br /><br />Controversial hockey star Sean Avery's no-holds-barred memoir of high living and bad behavior in the NHL—coupled with the behind-the-scenes glitter of celebrity and media nightlife in New York and LA.<br /> </b><br /> As one of the NHL’s most polarizing players, Sean Avery turned the rules of professional hockey on its head. For thirteen seasons, Avery played for some of the toughest, most storied franchises in the league, including the Detroit Red Wings, the Los Angeles Kings, and the New York Rangers, making his mark in each city as a player that was sometimes loved, often despised, but always controversial.<br />  <br /> In <i>Ice Capades</i>, Avery takes his trademark candidness about the world of pro hockey and does for it what Jim Bouton's game-changing <i>Ball Fou</i>r did for baseball. Avery goes deep inside the sport to reveal every aspect of an athlete’s life, from what they do with their money and nights off to how they stay sharp and competitive in the league. While playing the talented villain in the NHL, Avery broke far away from his on-ice character in the off-season, and <i>Ice Capades </i>takes the reader inside the other unexpected and unprecedented roles that Avery inhabited—<i>Vogue</i> intern, fashion model, advertising executive, restauranteur, gay rights advocate, and many more.<br />  <br /> Love him or hate him, Sean Avery changed the way professional hockey is played today. Rollickingly honest and compelling throughout, <i>Ice Capades</i> transcends the “sports book” genre and offers a rare, unvarnished glimpse into the world of 21st century hockey through the eyes of one of its most original and memorable players.
The Game: 30th Anniversary Edition
by Ken Dryden

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English

Pages

320

Publication Date

November 01, 2013

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<P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt" class=MsoNormal>Widely acknowledged as the best hockey book ever written and lauded by <I>Sports Illustrated</I> as one of the Top 10 Sports Books of All Time, <I>The Game</I> is a reflective and thought-provoking look at a life in hockey. Ken Dryden, the former Montreal Canadiens goalie and former president of the Toronto Maple Leafs, captures the essence of the sport and what it means to all hockey fans. He gives vivid and affectionate portraits of the characters—Guy Lafleur, Larry Robinson, Guy Lapointe, Serge Savard, and coach Scotty Bowman among them—who made the Canadiens of the 1970s one of the greatest hockey teams in history. But beyond that, Dryden reflects on life on the road, in the spotlight, and on the ice, offering a rare inside look at the game of hockey and an incredible personal memoir. This commemorative edition marks the 30th anniversary of the book’s original publication, and it includes a new foreword by Bill Simmons, new photography, and a new chapter, “The Game Goes On.” Take a journey to the heart and soul of the game with this timeless hockey classic.
If These Walls Could Talk: Detroit Red Wings: Stories from the De...
by , Mickey Redmond

Language

English

Pages

352

Publication Date

October 15, 2017

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<DIV><I>The Detroit Red Wings</I> are one of the most successful and unparalleled teams in the NHL, with 11 Stanley Cup victories and a perpetual playoff presence. Author Ken Daniels, as the longtime play-by-play voice for the Wings, has gotten to witness more than his fair share of that action up close and personal. Through singular anecdotes only Daniels can tell as well as conversations with current and past players, this book provides fans with a one-of-a-kind, insider's look into the great moments, the lowlights, and everything in between. Citizens of Hockeytown will not want to be without this book.</DIV>
Game Change: The Life and Death of Steve Montador, and the Future...
by Ken Dryden

Language

English

Pages

370

Publication Date

October 17, 2017

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<b>Longlisted for the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction<br /><br />A <i>Globe and Mail</i> Best Book</b><br /> <b><br />From the bestselling author and Hall of Famer Ken Dryden, this is the story of NHLer Steve Montador—who was diagnosed with CTE after his death in 2015—the remarkable evolution of hockey itself, and a passionate prescriptive to counter its greatest risk in the future: head injuries.</b><br /> <b> </b><br /> Ken Dryden’s <i>The Game</i> is acknowledged as the best book about hockey, and one of the best books about sports ever written.  Then came <i>Home Game</i> (with Roy MacGregor), also a major TV-series, in which he explored hockey’s significance and what it means to Canada and Canadians. Now, in his most powerful and important book yet, <i>Game Change</i>, Ken Dryden tells the riveting story of one player’s life, examines the intersection between science and sport, and expertly documents the progression of the game of hockey—where it began, how it got to where it is, where it can go from here and, just as exciting to play and watch, how it can get there.
Nine Lessons I Learned from My Father
by Murray Howe

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English

Pages

240

Publication Date

October 31, 2017

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<b>A <i>GLOBE AND MAIL</i> BESTSELLER<br /><br />As a child, Murray Howe wanted to be like his father. He was an adult before he realized that didn't necessarily mean playing hockey.</b><br /><br />Gordie Howe may have been the greatest player in the history of hockey, but greatness was never defined by goals or assists in the Howe household. Greatness meant being the best person you could be, not the best player on the ice.<br /><br />     Unlike his two brother, Murray Howe failed in his attempt to follow in his father's footsteps to become a professional athlete. Yet his failure brought him to the realization that his dream wasn't really to be a pro hockey player. His dream was to be his father. To be amazing at something, but humble and gracious. To be courageous, and stand up for the little guy. To be a hero. You don't need to be a hockey player to do that. What he learned was that it was a waste of time wishing you were like someone else.<br /><br />     When Gordie Howe passed away in 2016, it was Murray who was asked to deliver the eulogy. <i>Nine Lessons I Learned from My Father</i> takes the reader through the hours Murray spent writing the words that would give shape to his father's leagcy--the hours immediately after his hero's death, as he gathers his thoughts and memories, and makes sense of what his remarkable father meant to him. The result is nine pieces of wisdom, built out of hundreds of stories, that show us the man behind the legend and give us a glimpse of what we can learn from this incredible life.
If These Walls Could Talk: Philadelphia Flyers
by , Bernie Parent

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English

Pages

256

Publication Date

November 01, 2017

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<DIV>From the days of Bobby Clarke, Bernie Parent, and the Broad Street Bullies, and up to the current era with stars like Claude Giroux and Shayne Gostisbehere, Lou Nolan has lived and breathed Flyers hockey as the team's longtime public address announcer. In <I>If These Walls Could Talk: Philadelphia Flyers</I>, Nolan provides insight into the Flyers' inner sanctum as only he can. Featuring conversations with players past and present as well as off-the-wall anecdotes only Nolan can tell, this is your rinkside ticket to some of the most memorable moments and characters in Philadelphia hockey history.</DIV>
Orr: My Story
by Bobby Orr

Language

English

Pages

306

Publication Date

October 15, 2013

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<b>The NHL legend tells his story from his Ontario childhood to his years with the Bruins and Blackhawks, to today.  <i>New York Times</i> Bestseller! </b><br /><br /> Bobby Orr is often referred to as the greatest defenseman ever to play the game of hockey. But all the brilliant achievements leave unsaid as much as they reveal. They don’t tell what inspired Orr, what drove him, what it was like for a shy small-town kid to suddenly land in the full glare of the media. They don’t tell what it was like when the agent he regarded as a brother betrayed him and left him in financial ruin. They don’t tell what he thinks of the game of hockey today.<br /><br />Now he breaks his silence in a memoir as unique as the man himself...<br /><br /><b>Includes photographs</b>

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