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

Language

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.
When It Mattered Most: The Forgotten Story of America’s First S...
by Kevin Ticen

Language

English

Pages

217

Publication Date

April 02, 2019

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This is the inspiring story of the first American team to win the Stanley Cup—a feat largely lost to history.<br /><br />In the winter of 1917, as Europe spiraled rapidly out of control and pulled the U.S. into the greatest conflict the world had ever seen, a talented band of athletes in the Pacific Northwest fought to turn themselves into an elite team. That elite team would battle the looming war, their own insecurities, and fierce opponents on both coasts of Canada to captivate a community and journey toward hockey immortality.<br /><br />When It Mattered Most breathes life into the humanity and times of a remarkable team during a monumental 18-month period of world history, inspiring readers with a never-before-seen look into the evolution of Hall of Fame players, a championship team, and a war largely overshadowed by its second incarnation. Author Kevin Ticen tells their tale with empathy through the lens of his own experiences as a high-level athlete and coach, rounding out portions of the story lost to history through a deep understanding of the people involved and the inner workings of championship teams.
HOCKEY OBSCURUS: THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF OBSCURE AMERICAN MINOR, AMAT...
by JOHN GUY

Language

English

Pages

278

Publication Date

December 31, 2018

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THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO LOW-LEVEL ICE HOCKEY IN AMERICA. FROM THE ONE-AND-DONE'S TO LEAGUES THAT LASTED DECADES-THIS IS THE AUTHORITATIVE GUIDE TO MINOR/SEMI-PRO/AMATEUR/SENIOR HOCKEY FROM 1916 TO NOW. PICTURES, DESCRIPTIONS, NEWS ARTICLES, STANDINGS AND KEY PLAYERS ARE ALL INCLUDED.
The Breakaway: The Inside Story of the Wirtz Family Business and ...
by Bryan Smith

Language

English

Pages

248

Publication Date

October 01, 2018

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<div><b>“This is a terrific book, a dramatic family saga told in artful prose and filled with emotional turmoil, a few surprisingly touching moments but enough dysfunction for a couple of Eugene O’Neill plays.” —Rick Kogan, <i>Chicago Tribune</i></b><br /><br /><br /><br />When Rocky Wirtz took over the Wirtz Corporation in 2007, including management of the Chicago Blackhawks, the fiercely beloved hockey team had fallen to a humiliating nadir. As chronic losers playing to a deserted stadium, they were worse than bad—they were irrelevant. ESPN named the franchise the worst in all of sports. Rocky's resurrection of the team's fortunes was—publicly, at least—a feel-good tale of shrewd acumen. Behind the scenes, however, it would trigger a father, son, and brother-against-brother drama of Shakespearean proportions. The Breakaway reveals that untold story.<br /><br /><br /><br />Arthur Wirtz founded the family's business empire during the Depression. From roots in real estate, "King Arthur" soon expanded into liquor and banking, running his operations with an iron hand and a devotion to profit that earned him the nickname Baron of the Bottom Line. His son Bill further expanded the conglomerate, taking the helm of the Blackhawks in 1966. "Dollar Bill" Wirtz demanded unflinching adherence to Arthur's traditions and was notorious for an equally fierce temperament.<br /><br /><br /><br />Yet when Rocky took the reins of the business after Bill's death, it was an organization out of step with the times and financially adrift. The Hawks weren't only failing on the ice—the parlous state of the team's finances imperiled every facet of the Wirtz empire. To save the team and the company, Rocky launched a radical turnaround campaign. Yet his modest proposal to televise the Hawks' home games provoked fierce opposition from Wirtz family insiders, who considered any deviation from Arthur and Bill's doctrines to be heresy.<br /><br /><br /><br />Rocky's break with the edicts of his grandfather and father led to a reversal for the ages—three Stanley Cup championships in six years, a feat Fortune magazine called "the greatest turnaround in sports business history." But this resurrection came at a price, a fracturing of Rocky's relationships with his brother and other siblings. In riveting prose that recounts a story spanning three generations, The Breakaway reveals an insider's view of a brilliant but difficult Chicago business and sports dynasty and the inspiring story of perseverance and courage in the face of intense family pressures.</div>
Take Your Eye Off the Puck: How to Watch Hockey By Knowing Where ...
by Greg Wyshynski

Language

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

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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.
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>
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.
Keto Life: 30-Day Keto Fix ( Ketosis cookbook ). ( Keto Cookbook ...
by Helen Byfield

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English

Pages

89

Publication Date

January 16, 2019

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<p>Are you interested in starting a keto diet program, but you're not sure how to start? Are you already committed to a ketogenic diet program, but are still struggling with what to eat or how to prepare the right meals?</p><p><strong>“30-Day Keto Fix” is your comprehensive, go-to guide to the ketogenic way of eating even if you are a beginner.</strong></p><p>Whether your goal is to look better, lose weight, improve your health, or you simply want to discover the healthy alternatives to sugar and carb-laden foods, this book will help you achieve the results you want no matter how hectic your lifestyle is.</p><p>Featuring over 37 different keto-based recipes, this book gives you the practical guidance and extensive information you need to prepare nourishing meals and adopt a ketogenic lifestyle seamlessly.</p><p>This book is written to offer you a radical new approach to achieving health, weight loss, and happiness through a keto-adapted lifestyle.</p><p><strong>Click on the "Add to cart Button NOW!"</strong><br /></p>
Tape to Space: Redefining Modern Hockey Tactics
by Ryan Stimson

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English

Pages

404

Publication Date

February 07, 2019

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Ryan Stimson outlines a modern approach to playing fluid, creative hockey based on sound analytical research. He shows you, the coach, how to build a tactical framework from the ground up and illustrates how each aspect of the system links with each other. Part 1 details the overall philosophy behind team play, roster construction, and tactical decisions. "Should we play fast or slow? Which players should play together?" Part 2 takes a modern approach to hockey tactics, using years of quantitative research by Stimson and others determined to find more efficient and optimal ways of playing the game. You won't find a rigid system here, but a set of beliefs and ideology put on the ice that incorporates the highest levels of creativity, fluidity, and support. Finally in part Part 3, a narration of Stimson's coaching experience as he attempts to bring this style of play to life at the 14U level. What works? What doesn't? How does this new approach work when clashing with an old-school coach? Stimson reevaluates everything from names of positions to optimal routes in transition play. This book will appeal to any coach wanting to learn more about analytics, and to any analyst wanting to learn more about tactics. Stimson meets you in the middle and illustrates what can come out of union of the two: Total Hockey.

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