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

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English

Pages

256

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>
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>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

Language

English

Pages

370

Publication Date

October 17, 2017

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<b>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.
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>
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>
Gratoony the Loony: The Wild, Unpredictable Life of Gilles Gratto...
by , Greg Oliver

Language

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>
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>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.
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>
Hockey Goaltending
by , Brian van Vliet

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English

Pages

248

Publication Date

August 31, 2017

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Awareness, anticipation, physical conditioning . . . these are just some of the qualities a goaltender needs to bring onto the ice at game time. Excellence requires practice, consistency, and understanding—of the position, the situation, and your talents.<br /><br />No one knows this better than Eli Wilson does. Widely recognized as the leading authority on goaltending, he has worked alongside 26 NHL goaltenders, including Carey Price, Ray Emery, Tuukka Rask, and Brian Elliott.<br /><br />In Hockey Goaltending, Eli Wilson and Brian van Vliet have created the definitive guide to stopping more pucks, winning more games, and lowering your goals against average. Inside, you will find coverage on every facet of the position:<br /><br />• Selection of the right equipment for fit and functionality<br />• Stance and presence in the net, including footwork, stick placement, and body positioning<br />• Stopping the puck, from butterfly to glove saves<br />• Postsave recovery strategies, including controlling and directing rebounds<br />• Tactics for breakaways, odd-man rushes, and wraparounds<br />• Focus and visualization methods to improve the mental game<br />• On- and off-ice drills and training programs for year-round conditioning to increase strength, stamina, speed, and agility<br /><br />From skills to strategies, equipment to exercises, Hockey Goaltending covers the position like no other. Packed with drills, step-by-step instructions, photos, diagrams, and coaching tips, this book touches on every aspect of the game so you can compete at the highest level.
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>

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