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Dennis Maruk: The Unforgettable Story of Hockey’s Forgotten 60-...
by Dennis Maruk

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English

Pages

320

Publication Date

October 17, 2017

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<p><b>From feared NHL sniper to ship captain and bellhop — with hockey’s greatest ‘stache</b></p><br /><p>Only 20 men in NHL history have scored 60 or more goals in a single season: Gretzky, Lemieux, and Hull all hit the magical mark. And so did an undersized, take-no-prisoners centre named Dennis Maruk. When Maruk found the back of the net 60 times in 1981–82, he was the toast of Washington — he even dined with the president. A few short years later, he was out of the game. Maruk not only left the rink, his life did a complete 180. Instead of flying up the ice and in on goal, he was behind the wheel of a service ship in the Gulf of Mexico. Instead of setting up teammates, he was setting up furniture for Goldie Hawn. He was never sent down to the farm as a rookie, but after the game he was a farmhand for John Oates. And instead of fighting in the corners, Dennis Maruk found himself fighting for his life.</p>
Gratoony the Loony: The Wild, Unpredictable Life of Gilles Gratto...
by , Greg Oliver

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English

Pages

260

Publication Date

October 03, 2017

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<p><b>One of hockey’s most colourful characters, from hockey’s most colourful era, tells all</b></p><br /><p>Gilles Gratton was not a typical pro hockey player. He refused to don his equipment and man his net if the planets were not properly aligned. He skated naked at practice. He created one of hockey’s most famous goalie masks based on his astrological sign. He fought with coaches and management, speaking his mind to his detriment. Sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll ruled his life, not stopping pucks. Truthfully? He never really wanted to be an NHL goaltender; he wanted to be Tibetan monk. And so, he quit hockey to seek enlightenment.</p><br /><p>Now, in his autobiography, Gratton teams up with author Greg Oliver to tell his wild and at times, yes, loony story: from his early days in Montreal, where his brother Norm Gratton became an NHL player, too; through his stints with the OHA’s Oshawa Generals, the Ottawa Nationals and Toronto Toros of the rogue WHA, and the St. Louis Blues and New York Rangers in the NHL.</p>
Joe: Memories from the Heart of Hockeytown
by Detroit Free Press

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English

Pages

128

Publication Date

April 18, 2017

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<DIV>In December 1979, a Detroit tradition began when the Red Wings took the ice for the first time at their new riverfront home, Joe Louis Arena. Named after former heavyweight champion boxer Joe Louis, the stadium that became affectionately known as "The Joe" saw the renaissance of the Red Wings franchise, including four Stanley Cup championship seasons and a 25-year run of advancing to the playoffs. <I>The Joe: Memories from the Heart of Hockeytown</I> takes a look back at the storied history of Joe Louis Arena in this, its final year. The arena has witnessed many stories, recounted with admiration in The Joe. Red Wings greats from Gordie Howe to Steve Yzerman to Nicklas Lidstrom skated on The Joe's storied ice, and time-honored rivalries, such as those between the Red Wings and Colorado Avalanche, were played out in dramatic fashion. The stadium has spawned such personalities as Al the Zamboni driver, who twirls octopuses overhead, the Knitting Lady, the Guy in the Orange Hat, and Mo Cheese. The Joe also hosted a number of unforgettable non-hockey events, from Ronald Reagan's nomination at the 1980 Republican convention, to the start of Prince's Purple Rain tour in 1984, to N.W.A.'s controversial concert in 1989, to Bob Seger joining Kid Rock on stage during Super Bowl week in 2006. <I>The Joe</I> offers a comprehensive tribute in words and pictures to hockey's last old-time arena. Learn about the history of the Red Wings and The Joe and the unforgettable games played there, as well as a number of key events in Detroit's history. For anyone who has cheered on the Red Wings over the past three-plus decades, this book is not to be missed.</DIV>
The 100 Greatest Players In NHL History (And Other Stuff): An Arb...
by , Sean McIndoe

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English

Pages

110

Publication Date

January 22, 2017

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To celebrate the National Hockey League’s centennial anniversary, three of the most hilariously irreverent writers in sports media present their own selections for the "100 Greatest Players in NHL History."<br /><br />Read along as Dave Lozo, Sean “Down Goes Brown” McIndoe and Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy rank the NHL's best through a unique scoring system that's sure to spark debates – especially when it comes to where modern stars like Sidney Crosby rank. Then check out their other lists and insights from the first 100 years of the NHL, including: <br /><br />- The Top 10 Ways The NHL Will Be Different in 25 Years<br />- The Top 10 Most Questionable Decisions Under Gary Bettman<br />- The 10 Worst Teams In NHL History <br />- And the biggest gripes the authors had with each other’s rankings<br /><br />All of this makes THE 100 GREATEST PLAYERS IN NHL HISTORY (AND OTHER STUFF) a must-read for sports fans who love raging debates and the glorious weirdness of hockey!<br />
Toronto and the Maple Leafs: A City and Its Team
by Lance Hornby

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English

Pages

240

Publication Date

October 03, 2017

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<p><b>100 years of love, celebration, heartbreak, and even parades</b></p><br /><p>On December 19, 2017, the Toronto Maple Leafs officially turn 100. In the spirit of the centenary celebrations, <i>Toronto and the Maple Leafs</i> explores the city’s relationship with its most beloved sports team. No matter how many times the Jays and Raptors make the playoffs, it’s a Leafs game that still brings the city together on a cold Saturday night and fuels the talk shows all summer. But why are fans so absorbed by a team that has not won a Cup in 50 years?</p><br /><p>Veteran Leafs and NHL columnist Lance Hornby gives readers an insider’s perspective on how the pulse of the city and team became one through two world wars, the Depression, the zany Harold Ballard years, and, until recently, dysfunctional hockey operations. <i>Toronto and the Maple Leafs</i> includes insights and stories from Mayor John Tory to Joe Fan; from influential voices of the Leafs, such as Foster Hewitt and Joe Bowen, to the ushers, cleaners, and ticket scalpers. Not to mention a funeral director who performs Leafs-themed services.</p><br /><p>An unforgettable book about the good teams, bad games, and bizarre times of this franchise’s history, this is the perfect companion for every Leafs fan.</p>
Target Practice: 8 Mistakes That Ruin a Love of the Game
by Chris Dyson

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English

Pages

212

Publication Date

January 08, 2017

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In the hockey world, there is one constant complaint heard repeatedly from parents and players alike.<br /><br />The vast majority of coaches do not understand or know how to properly work with and develop their goaltenders. Many, however, believe that they do, resulting in confusion and frustration for coach, team, and goaltender.<br /><br />This problem has caused dissension among parents, destroyed the confidence of many talented young goalies, and even driven goaltenders out of the game they love.<br /><br />We are left with one basic question: "How do coaches rectify this major problem and properly develop their goaltenders, while keeping the game fun for everyone?"<br /><br />Target Practice provides coaches with the proper steps and tools to understand what is required to work with and develop goaltenders of any age.<br /><br />Coaching is a noble and often thankless job, but one caring people assume because they want to make a difference. No coach wants to be responsible for a young goaltender leaving the game -- yet it happens all too often!<br /><br />This book is filled with the knowledge, insight, and support you need to effectively and efficiently work the Essential Core Goaltending Skills that all goalies require, want, and yearn for their coaches to help them develop.<br /><br />In Target Practice, Chris Dyson shares his 30+ years of goaltender coaching experience in order to provide simple, easy-to-understand, progressive development techniques, as well as common mistakes and an understanding of what coaches must learn and be aware of when developing goaltenders.<br /><br />Learn How To . . .<br /><br />Approach, in an effective and knowledgeable way, the task of coaching goaltenders.<br /><br />Understand how progressive goalie coaching is a necessity for success.<br /><br />Internalize the 8 Essential Core Goaltending Skills every coach must know in order to effectively work with his or her goalie (or even discuss technical aspects of the position).<br /><br />Discover key elements affecting the goaltender's level of play that are not even taught by many true goalie coaches.<br /><br />Ascertain exactly what the most common mistakes are and the true "root causes" that are missed almost universally by untrained coaches.<br /><br />Identify the number one complaint of many goalie parents and how you can deal with it immediately.<br /><br />Recognize the number one, most important skills a goaltender must focus on and develop in order to improve; most coaches miss them entirely<br /><br />Gain helpful strategies that actually make working with your goaltenders fun.<br /><br />Realize that when your goaltender is receiving proper training and attention, your whole team (as well as the parents of team members) will be more efficient and cohesive.<br /><br />Confirm, finally, that you, as a coach, have an incredible amount of influence over the level of enjoyment or suffering your goaltenders will experience -- based solely on your commitment to and knowledge of the material in this book.<br /><br />You can positively influence your goaltenders through proper training, but the biggest reward will be in knowing you will have made a difference in their enjoyment of the game -- and thus enriched their lives.<br /><br />Progressive training and a basic understanding of the Essential Core Goaltending Skills are absolutely necessary to achieve the desired result.<br /><br />The game is certainly not all about winning, but it is definitely more fun when you win more. No one understands this more than a goaltender. Proper goalie training, then, can only result in better goaltenders and happier teams.<br /><br />As a coach, you have the power to help players attain goals and establish lifelong patterns of hard work, perseverance, and dedication. Your actions and words will have an equally powerful -- but negative -- impact when you speak without the required knowledge contained within this book.<br /><br />The methods and information provided within Target Practice are applicable to goaltenders of all ages and skill levels, knowing you will have been a positive influence in their lives
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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<div><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.<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.<BR></div>
The Great Book of Ice Hockey: Interesting Facts and Sports Storie...
by , Ryan Black

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English

Pages

140

Publication Date

February 12, 2017

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The Great Book of Ice Hockey is a must for anyone who loves sports trivia. The book is a compendium of interesting facts and sport stories about the great game of ice hockey, with information about the early days before the National Hockey League (NHL) all the way to the stars of today. There are random facts about leagues, rules, coaches, players, and inside stories about the early days of the game. <br /><br />The answers to hundreds of trivia questions lie in these pages. Learn about foreign leagues, junior hockey, and superstars like Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals, and of course “The Great One,” Wayne Gretzky. You can find interesting facts about the builders of the game, including Maurice “Rocket” Richard and Coach Jack Adams, both of whom have NHL trophies named in their honor. You will meet scoring leaders, winning coaches, amazing goalies and ice hockey royalty. <br /><br />Whether you’re a long-time fan of ice hockey, or if you’re just looking for answers to troublesome trivia questions in your latest game of Trivial Pursuit, The Great Book of Ice Hockey is the book for you. Presented in a clear and engaging manner, this collection of sports trivia will give fans of ice hockey a new and entertaining set of random facts to liven up a boring day or fill the time during intermission.<br />
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>
Shift Work
by Tie Domi

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English

Pages

240

Publication Date

November 02, 2015

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From hockey’s most prolific fighter comes a sports memoir unlike any other—passionate, funny, and candid, <i>Shift Work</i> chronicles Domi’s sixteen tumultuous seasons in the NHL.<BR><BR>Making it through a single fight as an enforcer in the NHL is a sign of toughness. Making it through 333 of them is a mark of greatness. Whether it was on the ice or off it, Tie Domi was driven to be the best at his job and was gifted with an extraordinary ability to withstand pain. He made a career out of protecting the people around him and became known as someone who would stand up for the people who needed it most.<BR> <BR>Raised by immigrant parents in Belle River, Domi found success from an early age on the field and the rink. A gifted athlete in whatever sport he played, Tie eventually focused his sights on hockey. As he moved up the junior ranks, he made a name for himself as a player who was always ready to take on anyone who dared to cross his teammates.<BR> <BR>Tie’s reputation followed him into the NHL, and it wasn’t long before he ranked among the game’s most feared—and fearless—enforcers. From New York to Winnipeg to Toronto, Tie quickly became a fan favourite in whatever city he played. As he went about working his name into the record books, Tie surrounded himself with people from every walk of life, learning from each one as he evolved into a respected leader who was never afraid to tell it like it was.<BR> <BR>In <i>Shift Work</i>, Tie recounts the ups and downs of his life on and off the ice, showing what he has learned and how he has grown as both a player and a person. He offers insight into the most memorable points of his career, sharing his successes and mistakes with unparalleled honesty. <i>Shift Work</i> shows Tie Domi as he is—a devoted father and friend, a valued and loyal team player, a magnetic personality, and an athlete of immense skill and courage.

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