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The Russian Five: A Story of Espionage, Defection, Bribery and Co...
by Keith Gave

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English

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Publication Date

March 20, 2018

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When the Detroit Red Wings were rebooting their franchise after more than two decades of relative futility, they knew the best place to find world-class players who could help turn things around more quickly were conscripted servants behind the Iron Curtain.<br /><br />All they had to do then was make history by drafting them, then figure out how to get them out. That’s when the Wings turned to Keith Gave, the newsman whose clandestine mission to Helsinki, Finland, was the first phase of a of a years-long series of secret meetings from posh hotel rooms to remote forests around Europe to orchestrate their unlawful departures from the Soviet Union.<br /><br />One defection created an international incident and made global headlines. Another player faked cancer, thanks to the Wings’ extravagant bribes to Russian doctors, including a big American car. Another player who wasn’t quite ready to leave yet felt like he was being kidnapped by an unscrupulous agent. Two others were outcast when they stood up publicly against the Soviet regime, winning their freedom to play in the NHL only after years of struggle.<br /><br />They are the Russian Five: Sergei Fedorov, Viacheslav Fetisov, Vladimir Konstantinov, Vyacheslav Kozlov and Igor Larionov. Their individual stories read like pulse-pounding spy novels. The story that unfolded after they were brought together in Detroit by the masterful coach Scotty Bowman is unforgettable.<br /><br />This story includes details never before revealed, and by the man who was there every step of the way – from the day Detroit drafted its first two Soviets in 1989 until they raised the Stanley Cup in 1997, then took it to Moscow for a victory lap around Red Square and the Kremlin.<br /><br />The Russian Five did more to bridge Russian and American relations than decades of diplomacy and détente between the White House and the Kremlin. This is their story.
The Boys of Winter: The Untold Story of a Coach, a Dream, and the...
by Wayne Coffey

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English

Pages

288

Publication Date

January 11, 2005

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Once upon a time, they taught us to believe. They were the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team, a blue-collar bunch led by an unconventional coach, and they engineered perhaps the greatest sports moment of the twentieth century. Their “Miracle on Ice” has become a national fairy tale, but the real Cinderella story is even more remarkable. It is a legacy of hope, hard work, and homegrown triumph. It is a chronicle of everyday heroes who just wanted to play hockey happily ever after. It is still unbelievable.<br /><br /><i>The Boys of Winter</i> is an evocative account of the improbable American adventure in Lake Placid, New York. Drawing on hundreds of hours of interviews, Wayne Coffey explores the untold stories of the U.S. upstarts, their Soviet opponents, and the forces that brought them together. <br /><br />Plagued by the Iran hostage crisis, persistent economic woes, and the ongoing Cold War, the United States battled a pervasive sense of gloom in 1980. And then came the Olympics. Traditionally a playground for the Russian hockey juggernaut and its ever-growing collection of gold medals, an Olympic ice rink seemed an unlikely setting for a Cold War upset. The Russians were experienced professional champions, state-reared and state-supported. The Americans were mostly college kids who had their majors and their stipends and their dreams, a squad that coach Herb Brooks had molded into a team in six months. It was men vs. boys, champions vs. amateurs, communism vs. capitalism. <br /><br />Coffey casts a fresh eye on this seminal sports event in <i>The Boys of Winter</i>, crafting an intimate look at the team and giving readers an ice-level view of the boys who captivated a country. He details the unusual chemistry of the Americans—formulated by a fiercely determined Brooks—and he seamlessly weaves portraits of the players with the fluid, fast-paced action of the 1980 game itself. Coffey also traces the paths of the players and coaches since that time, examining how the events in Lake Placid affected and directed their lives and investigating what happens after one conquers the world.<br /><br />But Coffey not only reveals the anatomy of an underdog, he probes the shocked disbelief of the unlikely losers and how it felt to be taken down by such an overlooked opponent. After all, the greatest American sports moment of the century was a Russian calamity, perhaps even more unimaginable in Moscow than in Minnesota or Massachusetts. Coffey deftly balances the joyous American saga with the perspective of the astonished silver medalists.<br /><br />Told with warmth and an uncanny eye for detail, <i>The Boys of Winter</i> is an intimate, perceptive portrayal of one Friday night in Lake Placid and the enduring power of the extraordinary.<br /><br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>
Ice Capades: A Memoir of Fast Living and Tough Hockey
by , Michael McKinley

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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.
Game Change: The Life and Death of Steve Montador, and the Future...
by Ken Dryden

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English

Pages

363

Publication Date

October 17, 2017

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<b>Shortlisted 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.
Eat, Skate, Win: 7 Steps for Your Youth Hockey Star to Eat Like a...
by Kimberly Smith Lukhard

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English

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Publication Date

May 21, 2018

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Discover the secrets to help your child be a champion on the ice and in the classroom!<br /><br />In this book, Kim Lukhard, MS, RD, LDN, outlines 7 easy-to-follow nutrition steps designed to guide the ice hockey parent in making great nutrition choices for their child. In Part 1 of her book, you will discover the team of 6 nutrients that powers your child's growing athletic body. In Part 2, you will learn how to use the information in Part One to fuel your child to the next level. You will find out how to stock your kitchen pantry for success, how to grocery shop like the mother of champion, and much more. Also included in this book are 12 recipes and a sample meal plan to get you started.<br /><br /><i>Eat, Skate, Win</i> is a wonderful learning and teaching tool that gives hockey moms, dads and young skaters a primer on the foundation of youth ice hockey nutrition for skating better, performing better and feeling better all year long.
HOCKEY: SPORT ON THE BRAIN
by Joseph Soccoa

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English

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Publication Date

May 20, 2018

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The game of hockey has had its ups and downs over the last decade, but the sport still has a rich history. In Sports on The Brain: Hockey, just as in the first book in this series, Sports on The Brain: Baseball, Joseph Soccoa brings to the readers a perspective of the sport, how he watched disappointment mutate into sheer joy through his eyes, and tries to explain how and why it all happened.
Code of the Samurai: A Modern Translation of the Bushido Shoshins...
by Thomas Cleary

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English

Pages

130

Publication Date

June 07, 2011

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<b>Learn the ways of the Japanese Bushido Code with this very readable, modern translation of the <i>Bushido Shoshinshu</i>.</b><br /><br /><i>Code of the Samurai</i> is a four-hundred-year-old explication of the rules and expectations embodied in <i>Bushido</i>, the Japanese Way of the Warrior. <i>Bushido</i> has played a major role in shaping the behavior of modern Japanese government, corporations, society, and individuals, as well as in shaping modern Japanese martial arts within Japan and internationally. <br /><br />The Japanese original of this book, <i>Bushido Shoshinshu</i>, (<i>Bushido for Beginners</i>), has been one of the primary sources on the tenets of <i>Bushido</i>, a way of thought that remains fascinating and relevant to the modern world, East and West. This handbook, written after five hundred years of military rule in Japan, was composed to provide practical and moral instruction for warriors, correcting wayward tendencies and outlining the personal, social, and professional standards of conduct characteristic of <i>Bushido</i>, the Japanese chivalric tradition.<br /><br />With a clear, conversational narrative by Thomas Cleary, one of the foremost translators of the wisdom of Asia, and powerfully evocative line drawings by master illustrator Oscar Ratti, this book is indispensable to the corporate executive, student of the Asian Culture, martial artist, those interested in Eastern philosophy or military strategy, as well as for those simply interested in Japan and its people.
Hockey Analytics: A Game-Changing Perspective
by , Christopher Baker

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English

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222

Publication Date

December 17, 2017

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A fraction of a second can be the difference between a one-timer finding the back of the net and a blocked shot that starts transition the other way. In the fast and fluid game of hockey, time and space drive success.<br /><br />But hockey analytics hasn't appreciated these two most important factors. It hasn't respected the complexity of the game...until now.<br /><br />Backed by the findings of an original study never before released to the public, <i>Hockey Analytics</i> demonstrates that--whether it is a failed pinch in the offensive zone, a missed rotation in the defensive zone or other blunder--the vast majority of goals are scored when the defense's positioning is compromised. The authors identify the actions that give players the time and space to read, react and execute. Their findings will shock even the most experienced hockey minds and call into question strategies regularly employed by the game's best coaches.<br /><br />It is simple, actionable and nothing like you've seen before. Whether you're a fan, player or coach, <i>Hockey Analytics</i> will change how you experience hockey.
Take Your Eye Off the Puck: How to Watch Hockey By Knowing Where ...
by Greg Wyshynski

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English

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256

Publication Date

November 01, 2015

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<div><B>A guide for sports fans on how to watch and appreciate the game of hockey</B><BR><BR>More and more fans are watching the NHL each week, but many of them don’t know exactly what they should be watching. How does an offense create shooting lanes for its best sniper? When a center breaks through and splits between two defensemen, which defender is to blame? Why does a goalie look like a Hall of Famer one week and a candidate for the minor leagues the next? This guide for sports fans on how to watch and appreciate the game of hockey takes you inside a coach’s mind as he builds a roster or constructs a game plan, to the chaos of the goalie’s crease, and deep into the perpetual chess match between offense and defense. Discussing topics such as what to look for when a team goes on the power play and why playing center might be the most grueling job in sports, <I>Take Your Eye Off the Puck </I>shows fans how to get the most out of watching their favorite sport.</div>
Behind the Bench: Inside the Minds of Hockey's Greatest Coaches
by , Sidney Crosby

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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>

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