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

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English

Pages

288

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.
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.
The Down Goes Brown History of the NHL: The World's Most Beautifu...
by Sean McIndoe

Language

English

Pages

272

Publication Date

October 30, 2018

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<b><b>Sean McIndoe of </b><b><i>Down Goes Brown</i></b><b>, one of hockey's favourite and funniest writers, takes aim at the game's most memorable moments--especially if they're memorable for the wrong reasons--in this warts-and-all history of the NHL.</b></b><br /><br />The NHL is, indisputably, weird. One moment, you're in awe of the speed, skill and intensity that define the sport, shaking your head as a player makes an impossible play, or shatters a longstanding record, or sobs into his first Stanley Cup. The next, everyone's wearing earmuffs, Mr. Rogers has shown up, and guys in yellow raincoats are officiating playoff games while everyone tries to figure out where the league president went. That's just life in the NHL, a league that often can't seem to get out of its own way. No matter how long you've been a hockey fan, you know that sinking feeling that maybe, just maybe, some of the people in charge here don't actually know what they're doing. And at some point, you've probably wondered: Has it always been this way?<br />    The short answer is yes. As for the longer answer, well, that's this book.<br />    In this fun, irreverent and fact-filled history, Sean McIndoe relates the flip side to the National Hockey League's storied past. His obsessively detailed memory combines with his keen sense for the absurdities that make you shake your head at the league and yet fanatically love the game, allowing you to laugh even when your team is the butt of the joke (and as a life-long Leafs fan, McIndoe takes the brunt of some of his own best zingers). <i>The "Down Goes Brown" History of the NHL</i> is the weird and wonderful league's story told as only Sean McIndoe can.
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.
This Team Is Ruining My Life (But I Love Them): How I Became a Pr...
by Steve "Dangle" Glynn

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English

Pages

342

Publication Date

March 19, 2019

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<p><b>Steve Dangle’s incredible odyssey, from self-starting Leafs lover to sports-media star</b></p><br /><p>How do you turn ranting about hockey into a career? Steve “Dangle” Glynn is a YouTuber, podcaster, and sports personality from Toronto, who managed to turn a 16-second online rant about the Maple Leafs into a career in sports media. From video blogging in his parents’ house at 19 to yelling on televisions across Canada at 28, Dangle has been involved with some of the most important sports companies in the country. </p><br /><p>In between tales of Steve’s adventures, both online and off, <cite>This Team Is Ruining My Life</cite> is also a kind of how-to (or how-not-to) guide: in an ever-evolving media landscape, sometimes you have to get creative to find the job you want. This is Steve Dangle and his accidentally on purpose journey through sports media so far.</p>
Tough Guy: My Life on the Edge
by , Kirstie McLellan Day

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English

Pages

272

Publication Date

October 28, 2010

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In a notorious career with the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks, Bob Probert racked up points, penalty minutes, and bar bills, establishing himself as one of the most feared enforcers in the history of the NHL. On the ice, he was a fan favorite. He backed up his teammates 100 percent, taking on the toughest guys of his era.  Off the ice, Probert played hard as well. Over his pro career he went through rehab 10 times, was suspended twice, was jailed for carrying cocaine across the border, and survived a near fatal motorcycle crash.  When he died unexpectedly of a heart attack at the age of 45 on July 5, 2010, he was hard at work on his memoir.  Probert wanted to tell his story in his own words to set the record straight. Tough Guy is a gripping journey through the life of Bob Probert, with jaw-dropping stories of his on-ice battles and his reckless encounters with drugs, alcohol, police, customs officials, courts, and the NHL, told in his own voice and with his rich sense of humor.
99: Stories of the Game
by , Kirstie McLellan Day

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English

Pages

412

Publication Date

October 18, 2016

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<b>“The Great One” weaves memories of his legendary career with an inside look at the sport of professional hockey, and the heroes and stories that inspired him.<br /></b><br /> From minor-hockey phenomenon to Hall of Fame sensation, Wayne Gretzky rewrote the record books, his accomplishments becoming the stuff of legend. Dubbed “The Great One,” he is considered by many to be the greatest hockey player who ever lived. No one has seen more of the game than he has—but he has never discussed in depth just what it was he saw.<br /><br /> For the first time, Gretzky discusses candidly what the game looks like to him and introduces us to the people who inspired and motivated him: mentors, teammates, rivals, the famous and the lesser known. Weaving together lives and moments from an extraordinary career, he reflects on the players who inflamed his imagination when he was a kid, the way he himself figured in the dreams of so many who came after; takes us onto the ice and into the dressing rooms to meet the friends who stood by him and the rivals who spurred him to greater heights; shows us some of the famous moments in hockey history through the eyes of someone who regularly made that history.<br /><br /> Warm, direct, and revelatory, it is a book that gives us number 99, the man and the player, like never before.
Boy on Ice: The Life and Death of Derek Boogaard
by John Branch

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English

Pages

385

Publication Date

October 01, 2014

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<p><strong>“Shows us, in tender detail, a life consumed by our unholy appetites.”—Steve Almond, <em>New York Times Book Review</em></strong></p><br />The tragic death of hockey star Derek Boogaard at twenty-eight was front-page news across the country in 2011 and helped shatter the silence about violence and concussions in professional sports. Now, in a gripping work of narrative nonfiction, acclaimed reporter John Branch tells the shocking story of Boogaard's life and heartbreaking death.  <br /><p><em>Boy on Ice</em> is the richly told story of a mountain of a man who made it to the absolute pinnacle of his sport. Widely regarded as the toughest man in the NHL, Boogaard was a gentle man off the ice but a merciless fighter on it. With great narrative drive, Branch recounts Boogaard's unlikely journey from lumbering kid playing pond-hockey on the prairies of Saskatchewan, so big his skates would routinely break beneath his feet; to his teenaged junior hockey days, when one brutal outburst of violence brought Boogaard to the attention of professional scouts; to his days and nights as a star enforcer with the Minnesota Wild and the storied New York Rangers, capable of delivering career-ending punches and intimidating entire teams. But, as Branch reveals, behind the scenes Boogaard's injuries and concussions were mounting and his mental state was deteriorating, culminating in his early death from an overdose of alcohol and painkillers.</p><br /><p>Based on months of investigation and hundreds of interviews with Boogaard's family, friends, teammates, and coaches, <em>Boy on Ice</em> is a brilliant work for fans of Michael Lewis's <em>The Blind Side</em> or Buzz Bissinger's <em>Friday Night Lights</em>. This is a book that raises deep and disturbing questions about the systemic brutality of contact sports—from peewees to professionals—and the damage that reaches far beyond the game.</p>
Take Your Eye Off the Puck: How to Watch Hockey By Knowing Where ...
by Greg Wyshynski

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English

Pages

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>

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