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By Burns Christie Casciano. 2018
For the past several years veteran hockey mom Christie Casciano’s monthly Hockey Mom columns have been required reading for the…half million readers of USA Hockey Magazine. Drawing on her twenty years in the youth hockey trenches, she brings a wit and wisdom that comes with spending countless hours in the rink. Mixing in a little cutting humor and some good old-fashioned motherly advice, her articles speak to and for grizzled veterans and newcomers to the sport alike. My Kids Play Hockey is a compilation of Christie’s work. Some of her topics include: Back to School, Back to Hockey: Getting Ready for a Fresh Season How to Act Like an Adult at a Youth Hockey Game Organizing Your Hockey Household Valuable Lessons Learned during a Losing Season Striking a Balance between being Coach and a Parent Whether your kid shoots a puck, kicks a soccer ball or swings a baseball bat, Christie’s sound and sage advice should be required reading for all sports parents. Because when it comes to keeping your head in the game, this mother definitely knows best.
A history of Rangers goalies through the ages! New York Rangers fans have always loved their goaltenders and, throughout their…history, the Blueshirts have been blessed with some of the very best in the game. Through the first nine-plus decades of their existence, eighty-eight men from Canada, the United States, and Europe have toiled between the pipes at Madison Square Garden. They all shared the same responsibility, yet each brought their own style, personality, character, and idiosyncrasies to the position and provided unique memories for those of us who watched them.In Guardians of the Goal, each one of these brave men is discussed in chronological order, while providing an overview of their era and the general managers and coaches they played for. Such players highlighted in this book include:· Mike Richter· Ed Giacomin· John Vanbiesbrouck· Henrik Lundqvist· Davey Kerr· And many more.Regardless of whether they were a franchise goalie, a flash in the pan, or an emergency fill-in, each of these “Lone Rangers,” or as Steve Baker once called them, “The few, the proud, and the very busy,” have one thing in common: they all tried their best to keep that little one-inch by three-inch piece of frozen, vulcanized rubber out of the gaping twenty-four square foot chasm behind them. Some were more successful than others, but as you will see, although they may occasionally “steal” a game, in most cases a goaltender is only as good as the team in front of him.Guardians of the Goal is just that: an ode to those Blueshirts who laid it out night in and night out, leaving it all out on the ice for our Rangers.
By Bill Wennington. 2011
Chicago Bulls fans thought they had it so good. From 1991 through 1993 the Bulls won three consecutive NBA titles…behind the talents of Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. When Jordan retired in the fall of 1993, those fans thought the good times were over. In the fall of 1995, however, Jordan was ready to make a full return to NBA action, Pippen was still the best number two man in basketball, and then bad-boy Dennis Rodman was signed to join the franchise that had grown to hate him. Suddenly, the Bulls had the greatest team in NBA history. Bill Wennington's Tales from the Bulls Hardwood tells some of the inside stories from that team, the one that won three more NBA titles from 1996 through 1998. Seen from the eyes of three-time NBA champion center Bill Wennington, the Bulls come to life differently, from an insider's point of view. The 1995-96 Bulls won an NBA record 72 games and became the Beatles of professional sports. Followed everywhere and talked about endlessly, they captured a national and international audience and kept all eyes upon them for three seasons, even though everyone knew they were going to win. Fans will read about some of the most famous names in basketball history. Jordan, the demanding team leader; Pippen, the true teammate; Rodman, the reckless rebounder; Toni Kukoc, the outsider; Ron Harper, the former star turned role player; Luc Longley, the affable Aussie; Steve Kerr, the John Paxson sequel; all playing for Phil Jackson, the Zen master coach. These are stories fans have not heard before, but it's not their fault. They just weren't there the way Bill Wennington was.
In 1998, the Predators joined the NHL as an expansion team, marking the start of what’s been a wild ride…ever since! Tales from the Nashville Predators Locker Room covers all the stories, from the adventures around the inaugural season, to Nashville’s storied rivalry against the Detroit Red Wings, road reports from players competing abroad during the 2004 lockout, the heartbreak of the 2010 playoff loss to the Chicago Blackhawks, the jubilation of winning a playoff series in 2011, the Matt Duchene offside goal controversy in 2013 that in turn helped to prompt official reviews, the art of the trade and how General Manager David Poile has helped land some of the biggest superstars on the roster, and of course the 2017 Stanley Cup Finals. In this insider’s account, the Predators’ greatest players and coaches—past and present—come to life. From P.K. Subban and Shea Weber, to Jason Arnott, Pekka Rinne, Filip Forsberg, Mike Fisher, and everyone in between, Fox Sports Tennessee correspondent Kristopher Martel covers it all. The perfect gift for any fan of Nashville hockey!
By John Gilbert. 2019
A Celebration of America's Greatest Olympic Victory—the 1980 US–USSR Hockey Game! Forty years after the "Miracle on Ice" captivated the…world, this book deeply examines the impact that singular event had on the people who played and coached in it and how that game changed the trajectory of American hockey. Seasoned journalist John Gilbert was there every step of the way, and thanks to his detailed recordkeeping, allows readers to reexamine the game against the Soviets, what made it the upset it was, why it still resonates today, and what it did to the lives of the players. From Mike Eruzione to Jim Craig, Mark Johnson, Buzz Schneider, Jack O&’Callahan, Herb Brooks, and many others, Gilbert covers all the key players and leaders and in doing so offers a deeper understanding of the emotions and the strategy, the hows and whys of the actual game, and the impact that moment had on their lives both in the immediate aftermath and today. Gilbert doesn&’t miss a beat in uncovering some never-before-told angles and helping expose the ripple effect the event helped create —and how the movie Miracle helped reinvigorate the story and inspire a new generation of players and fans. To explore the lead-up to one of the greatest moments in American sports and the impact on American morale in the aftermath of the Miracle, Gilbert dives deep into the archives. In doing so he offers a look at this moment unlike it&’s ever been done before and helps answer the question as to why it continues to capture our imaginations.
So You Think You’re a Detroit Red Wings Fan? tests and expands your knowledge of Red Wings hockey. Rather than…merely posing questions and providing answers, you’ll get details behind each?stories that bring to life players and coaches, games and seasons. This book is divided into multiple parts, with progressively more difficult questions in each new section. Along the way, you’ll learn more about one of hockey’s Original Six teams. The book includes players and coaches of the past and present, from Gordie Howe to Steve Yzerman, Nicklas Lidström, Ted Lindsay, Terry Sawchuk, Chris Chelios, Chris Osgood, Red Kelly, Niklas Kronwall, Sid Abel, Marcel Pronovost, Alex Delvecchio, Dominik Hašek, Sergei Fedorov, and so many more. Some of the many questions that this book answers include: • Who was the first Red Wings coach to win the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s top coach? • Steve Yzerman was the captain of the Red Wings from 1986-2006. Who did he replace? • The Red Wings hold the NHL regular-season record with 62 wins. When did they set the record? • And many more! This book makes the perfect gift for any fan of the Red Wings!
The glory years for the Toronto Maple Leafs--four Stanley Cups in the 1960s--may be distant memories, but what the team…lacks in recent accomplishments is made up for by their history, which is rich in drama, pathos, and, most of all, humor. Figures connected to the Maple Leafs from the 1950s to the present offer their best stories, including some new takes on the team's legends. Players, coaches, broadcasters, and team executives come together to share a long list of funny anecdotes about their time with the Leafs. Bobby Baun recalls the unprecedented moment in the 1964 Stanley Cup finals when he slammed a game-winning goal into the net while skating on a broken leg. Bob Haggert, a former Leafs trainer, shares his memories of Conn Smythe, the unyielding military man who founded the team. Also telling tales is Jim McKenny, defenseman-turned-forward-turned broadcaster, whose sense of humor is as deft as his skating. Joe Bowen, long the voice of the Maple Leafs on radio and television, is along for the ride, as are Bob McGill, Glenn Healy, Walter Gretzky, and so many more.
By Neil Smith, John Kreiser. 2014
After an over 50-year drought, the New York Rangers defeated the Vancouver Canucks in a dramatic seven-game series to capture…the Stanley Cup in 1994. For this reason and countless more, 1993-94 will forever stand out as one of the most memorable seasons in Rangers history.Now, 20 years later, NHL.com writer John Kreiser recounts that historic season, from the key acquisitions leading up to the first game, to the erratic beginning of the regular season, and all the way through the victory parade. Including stories of new coach Mike Keenan, goaltender Mike Richter, and key players like Steve Larmer, Stéphane Matteau, Mark Messier, and many more, Kreiser relies on numerous interviews with an array of sources to recapture all the glory from 20 years ago. The Wait Is Over is a perfect addition to the bookshelf of any fan of Rangers hockey!
When most sports fans hear the stat 3,000, they immediately turn to baseball. But for those fans whose breath comes…out in frosty puffs, and who bleed ice and snow, 3,000 can only mean one thing--the glory of Montreal Canadiens hockey. The "Original One" of the "Original Six," the Montreal Canadiens hockey team is practically synonymous with superlative: The most Stanley Cup championship victories, with 24? The Montreal Canadiens. The highest number of regular-season wins? The Montreal Canadiens. The oldest active franchise in the NHL? The Montreal Canadiens.Now the hundred-plus years of Canadiens triumphs, tragedies, and times like no other are captured in Robert Lefebvre's Tales from the Montreal Canadiens Locker Room. In this unique compendium, Lefebvre brings to life both the history and the anecdotes of this incredible franchise. Stories of Maurice "Rocket" Richard's incredible skills on the ice are paired side by side with locker room yarns and off-the-ice tales of Jean Beliveau, Dickie Moore, Serge Savard, Guy Lapointe, Patrick Roy, and more. With humor, wit, and a lot of adrenaline, Robert Lefebvre has compiled a collection of Montreal Canadiens stories sure to please any hockey fan.
By Stan Fischler. 2015
An Original Six NHL member, the Broadway Blueshirts boast one of the most renowned histories in the last hundred years…of North American professional hockey. With the New York Rangers returning to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in twenty years in the 2013–2014 season, their presence is more prominent than ever. In this newly updated edition of New York Rangers: Greatest Moments and Players, first published in 2007, hockey’s premier historian recounts all of the Rangers’ luminaries such as Andy Bathgate, Brian Leetch, and current goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, as well as their most telling moments on the ice. Throughout the years, Stan Fischler, a Manhattanite of almost half a century, has covered both the Blueshirts’ highs and lows. Regarded as the dean of American hockey journalists, he has been covering the sport for sixty years, and has been following the Rangers even longer. With over ninety books on hockey published to date, there is nobody better to narrate the history of one of hockey’s most celebrated clubs, the New York Rangers, than Stan Fischler.
Who are the best centers in NHL history? How about wingers? How can we objectively rate the performances of individual…defensive players? And how can we make reasonable judgments about players at different positions? Who is the greatest hockey player of the Expansion Era? Bobby Orr? Wayne Gretzky? Gordie Howe? Such are the questions debated by hockey columnist Steve Silverman in Who’s Better, Who’s Best in Hockey? In this book, Silverman includes analytics to help evaluate NHL players who have dominated over the last fifty years. The result is a fascinating ranking of the best on the ice, including legendary players like Gordie Howe as well as present-day superstars like Sidney Crosby. Throughout, Silverman discusses the many considerations that must be made when comparing modern players with players of past decades and players at different positions. Including biographical essays on those top fifty players and vital statistics for their playing careers, Who’s Better, Who’s Best in Hockey? is a must-have for anyone who considers hockey to be more than just a sport.
In this fascinating collection of Bruins tales, Kerry Keene brings readers behind the scenes and captures the stories that have…defined the franchise throughout its storied history. From the team's inception in 1924 up through their 2011 championship run, Tales from the Boston Bruins Locker Room has it all. This treasure trove of Bruins lore brings Boston's best hockey players to life with stories about Bobby Orr, Ray Bourque, Phil Esposito, Zdeno Chara, Tim Thomas, and other Bruins legends. Learn what Bruins jersey number was retired twice, who started the tradition of painting stitches on hockey masks, how the 1977 Bruins team inspired author George Plimpton to write the book Open Net, and relive the greatest moments of the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals.
By Rob Ray, Budd Bailey, Matthew Barnaby. 2011
Rob Ray was known as one of the NHL's toughest players of the 1990s. During his thirteen seasons with the…Buffalo Sabres he twice lead the league in time spent in the penalty box. Ray was known for his jersey-off fighting style, which eventually led to the "Rob Ray Rule" banning that practice. In Rayzor's Edge, Ray shares many humorous and insightful stories from his Sabres career.
New York Rangers by the Numbers: A Complete Team History of the Broadway Blueshirts by Uniform Number (By the Numbers)
By Mark Rosenman, Howie Karpin, Kenny Albert. 2018
What do Alexi Kovalev, Ted Irvine, and Mike Rogers all have in common? They all wore number 27 for the…New York Rangers. Current team captain Ryan McDonagh joined their ranks when he became a Ranger in 2010. Since the Rangers first adopted uniform numbers in 1926, the team has handed out only 83 numbers to more than 1,000 players. That’s a lot of overlap. It also makes for a lot of good stories. New York Rangers by the Numbers tells those stories for every Ranger since ’26, from Clarence Abel to Mats Zuccarello. This book lists the players alphabetically and by number; these biographies help trace the history of one of hockey’s oldest and most beloved teams in a new way. For Rangers fans, anyone who ever wore the uniform is like family. New York Rangers by the Numbers reintroduces readers to some of their long-lost ancestors, even those they think they already know.
Legends of the Detroit Red Wings: Gordie Howe, Alex Delvecchio, Ted Lindsay, and Other Red Wings Heroes
By Richard Kincaide. 2013
Kincaide brings to life what was at once the most glorious and the most tumultuous time in Detroit hockey history,…the Original Six era. Red Wings stars interviewed for Legends of the Detroit Red Wings won 35 Stanley Cups between them. These are stories told by the biggest names in hockey both in Detroit and across Canada from the mid-1940s into the late 1960s. Legends like Gordie Howe, Alex Delvecchio, Bill Gadsby, and Red Kelly, as well as other stars from the National Hockey League from 50 years ago and longer, share their stories as they saw them--as they lived them. A few things readers will discover include who Red Wings legend and Hockey Hall of Famer Ted Lindsay thinks is the greatest Red Wing of all time and how trades by iron-fisted Detroit general manager Jack Adams ruined a team many players felt should have won a half-dozen more Stanley Cups. Legends of the Detroit Red Wings is hockey history in the truest sense of the term.
By Scott Morrison. 2022
The legacy of the greatest hockey series ever played, fifty years later, with stories from the players that shed new…light on those incredible games and times.&“Cournoyer has it on that wing. Here&’s a shot. Henderson made a wild stab for it and fell. Here&’s another shot. Right in front...they score! Henderson has scored for Canada!&” These immortal words, spoken to hockey fans around the world by the legendary broadcaster Foster Hewitt, capture the historic final-seconds goal scored by Paul Henderson that won the 1972 Summit Series against the Soviet Union. Hockey fans know the moment well, but the story of those amazing eight games has never been fully told—until now. The series was the first of its kind, and one of the most dramatic sporting showdowns in history. With the Soviets dominating international hockey, this series was meant to settle the debate, once and for all, of who owned the game. It was Canada&’s best against the Soviets for the first time. And in the shadow of the Cold War, this was about more than eight games of hockey. Expectations were high as the series began. This was supposed to be easy for Team Canada, but after the disappointing first four games on home ice with only one win, victory seemed out of reach. With the final four games in Moscow, Canada got a rare glimpse behind the iron curtain as the team, as well as three thousand raucous fans, arrived in the USSR. Amid the culture shock and strained relations, what followed was a tug-of-war battle that lasted to the dying seconds of game 8. Now, five decades after this historic event, it&’s time to reflect on the greatest hockey series ever played. Veteran journalist and hockey analyst Scott Morrison uses a storyteller&’s voice to reveal what it meant to hockey then, and what it means now. Filled with the memories of the players and others involved with the series, he shows how it changed the game, and challenged a nation&’s sense of identity and place in the world.
By Jim Lang, Bob McKenzie. 2020
From TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie comes a new collection of hockey stories about the everyday heroes from across the…game who are defying the odds and championing the next generation of hockey—on and off the ice.In this uplifting and entertaining volume of stories, Canadian broadcasters Bob McKenzie and Jim Lang bring together hockey players, coaches, and refs, as well as those behind the bench—the parents, scouts, analysts, and agents—to tell us, in their own voices, why they love the game and how they&’re shaping its future. Meet Dallas Stars&’ winger Andrew Cogliano, who captivated the hockey world by playing 830 consecutive games, despite various injuries, and hear how hockey and his parents instilled in him the strong work ethic that made his streak possible. Learn about how Jeremy Rupke found his passion and created the popular website, How To Hockey, to help young hockey hopefuls who might not have money for professional lessons develop their on-ice skills and give them the confidence to achieve their dreams off the ice. Read about players like Jack Jablonski, who didn&’t let a life-changing spinal cord injury at age sixteen stop him from being a part of the game, and is now using his experience to raise awareness and funds for spinal cord injury research. From LGBTQ players like Jessica Platt who are breaking down barriers to the women such as Danièle Sauvageau who are breaking glass ceilings as coaches, refs, agents, and analysts, these are the everyday heroes who are using hockey to inspire change. Featuring incredible stories of comebacks, milestones, and friendship, Everyday Hockey Heroes, Volume II highlights the very best of hockey: the power it has to unite us to be the best we can be—for ourselves and for others.
By Kevin Allen, Mike Emrick. 2020
“Emrick loves stories and loves to tell them. Yesterday in broadcasting. Tomorrow in book form.” —Steve Simmons, Toronto Sun After…nearly 50 years behind the microphone, the voice of hockey in America opens up in a must-read memoir. Mike “Doc” Emrick has seen everything there is to see in a hockey game. Sizzling slap shots. Commitment, courage, and camaraderie. Pugnacious pugilists. Game-winning goals. To hockey fans across the country, his voice—and vocabulary—have become synonymous with the game they love. In Off Mike, Doc takes readers back to the beginning, detailing how a Pittsburgh Pirates fan from small-town Indiana found himself in the wild world of professional hockey, calling games for the New Jersey Devils, Philadelphia Flyers, and finally NBC. He’s covered All-Star Games, Stanley Cup Finals, the Olympics, and everything in between, rubbing shoulders with hockey’s immortals both on and off the ice. Yet Doc’s life has had its share of ups and downs, from almost leaving behind the love of his life to the passing of beloved companions to personal health scares. After years of being welcomed into our homes, in this autobiography Doc welcomes us into his, revealing the stories, wit, and wisdom that have made him one of the most beloved figures in sports.
By Mark Stewart. 2011
Part of the "Team Spirit" series, this history for young fans includes fun and interesting facts about Boston's professional hockey…team, which was the first team from the U.S. to join the NHL. For grades 3-6
By Mark Messier, Jimmy Roberts. 2021
The legendary Hall of Fame hockey player and six-time Stanley Cup champion tells his inspiring story for the first time,…sharing the lessons about leadership and teamwork that defined his career.Mark Messier is one of the most accomplished athletes in the history of professional sports. He was a fierce competitor with a well-earned reputation as a winner. But few people know his real story, not only of the astonishing journey he took to making NHL history, but of the deep understanding of leadership and respect for the power of teamwork he gained. Messier tells of his early years with his tight-knit family, learning especially from his father, Doug – a hockey player, coach, and teacher. He describes what it was like entering the NHL as an eighteen-year-old with a wild side, and growing close with teammates Wayne Gretzky, Kevin Lowe, Paul Coffey, Glenn Anderson and others during their high-flying dynasty years with the Edmonton Oilers. He chronicles summers spent looking for inspiration and renewed energy on trips to exotic destinations around the world. And he recounts the highs, lows, and hard work that brought the New York Rangers to the ultimate moment for a hockey club: lifting the Stanley Cup. Throughout, Messier shares insights about success, winning cultures, and how leaders can help teams overcome challenges. Told with heart and sincerity, No One Wins Alone is about more than hockey—it&’s about the deep love and gratitude that comes from a life shared with others.