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By Jeff H. Olson. 2022
A chronicle of Minnesota's hockey excellence in the world's top hockey league--the NHLThe years 1960 to 1982 were a watershed…moment for Minnesota hockey, and the Land of 10,000 Lakes has enjoyed hockey success ever since. In that time, pioneering homegrown players like Bill Nyrop, Dave Langevin, Reed Larson, Mike Ramsey, Dave Christian, Neal Broten, Paul Holmgren, and Phil Housley established themselves as bona fide stars at the games' highest and most competitive level. More recently, another remarkable group of native sons--including Zach Parise, Blake Wheeler, Dustin Byfuglein, and T. J. Oshie--left their mark on the league.Profiling more than seventy players and compiling Minnesota NHL records gathered nowhere else, Jeff Olson celebrates the brilliant achievements of Minnesotans in the National Hockey League.
By Mike Emrick, Kevin Allen. 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 Peter LaSalle. 1998
Short stories and poems centering around the sport of ice hockey. In "Le Rocket Negre," a Quebec teenager is recruited…from an orphanage based on his apparent racial identity. In "Wellesley College for Women, 1969," a former hockey player on scholarship to Harvard reminisces about two former girlfriends
By Norm O'Reilly, Rick Burton. 2022
The National Hockey League is at its apex in terms of its business success. Even a global pandemic could not…slow it down. The league generates more than $5 billion annually, its revenues and media deals continue to grow, and its properties are increasing in value, innovation, and quantity. More clubs are profitable than are not, and the game of hockey is expanding globally. Business the NHL Way draws on hockey-inspired stories to show how brands, institutions, and individuals associated with the NHL have consistently survived a variety of challenges and thrived as a result of its decisions. The book explores twelve business-related scenarios from the sport of hockey and links each lesson back to business, leadership, diversity, management, and sport outcomes. Using ice hockey as an analogy for life, Norm O’Reilly and Rick Burton – leaders in the business of sports and former amateur hockey players – inform business and industry professionals on best practices to achieve strategic outcomes and career advancement. The book aims to help businesses emerge from the financial and health disruptions of the global COVID-19 pandemic that not only altered the future of hockey but threatened business sustainability in every sector. Business the NHL Way will appeal to both casual and passionate hockey fans, as well as anyone eager to follow in the footsteps of a successful professional sports organization.
By Ed Willes. 2004
The wildest seven years in the history of hockey! The Rebel League celebrates the good, the bad, and the ugly…of the fabled WHA. It is filled with hilarious anecdotes, behind the scenes dealing, and simply great hockey. It tells the story of Bobby Hull's astonishing million-dollar signing, which helped launch the league, and how he lost his toupee in an on-ice scrap.It explains how a team of naked Birmingham Bulls ended up in an arena concourse spoiling for a brawl. How the Oilers had to smuggle fugitive forward Frankie "Seldom" Beaton out of their dressing room in an equipment bag. And how Mark Howe sometimes forgot not to yell "Dad!" when he called for his teammate father, Gordie, to pass. There's the making of Slap Shot, that classic of modern cinema, and the making of the virtuoso line of Hull, Anders Hedberg, and Ulf Nilsson.It began as the moneymaking scheme of two California lawyers. They didn't know much about hockey, but they sure knew how to shake things up. The upstart WHA introduced to the world 27 new hockey franchises, a trail of bounced cheques, fractious lawsuits, and folded teams. It introduced the crackpots, goons, and crazies that are so well remembered as the league's bizarre legacy.But the hit-and-miss league was much more than a travelling circus of the weird and wonderful. It was the vanguard that drove hockey into the modern age. It ended the NHL's monopoly, freed players from the reserve clause, ushered in the 18-year-old draft, moved the game into the Sun Belt, and put European players on the ice in numbers previously unimagined.The rebel league of the WHA gave shining stars their big-league debut and others their swan song, and provided high-octane fuel for some spectacular flameouts. By the end of its seven years, there were just six teams left standing, four of which - the Winnipeg Jets, Quebec Nordiques, Edmonton Oilers, and Hartford Whalers - would wind up in the expanded NHL.
A new book by Hall of Fame goalie and bestselling author Ken Dryden celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 1972…Summit Series SEPTEMBER 2, 1972, MONTREAL FORUM, GAME ONE: The best against the best for the first time. Canada, the country that had created the game; the Soviet Union, having taken it up only twenty-six years earlier. On the line: more than the players, more than the fans, more than Canadians and Russians knew. So began an entirely improbable, near-month-long series of games that became more and more riveting, until, for the eighth, and final, and deciding game—on a weekday, during work and school hours all across the country—the nation stopped. Of Canada&’s 22 million people, 16 million watched. Three thousand more were there, in Moscow, behind the Iron Curtain, singing—Da da, Ka-na-da, nyet, nyet, So-vi-yet! It is a story long told, often told. But never like this. Ken Dryden, a goalie in the series, a lifetime observer, later a writer, tells the story in &“you are there&” style, as if he is living it for the first time. As if you, the reader, are too. The series, as it turned out, is the most important moment in hockey history, changing the game, on the ice and off, everywhere in the world. As it turned out, it is one of the most significant events in all of Canada&’s history. Through Ken Dryden&’s words, we understand why.
By Brian McFarlane, Steve Nease. 2002
Tales about ice hockey--its history, players, and records. Describes the first organized meet, the 1955 riot in Montreal, women participants,…the longest and shortest contests, the first black skater on an NHL team, and the best European player. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2002
By Chris McDonell. 2002
Collection of stories originally published in Hockey Digest, written by athletes from the 1940s to 2002 who describe the best…hockey game they have ever played. Includes reminiscences by Ken Dryden, Phil Esposito, Gordie Howe, Bobby Hull, and Bobby Orr, as well as lesser known players. For senior high and older readers. 2002
Hockey Card Stories reveals what was really going on in your favourite old hockey cards through the eyes of the…players depicted on them. Some of the cards are definitely worth a few bucks, some a few cents—but every story told here is priceless. Sportsnet&’s Ken Reid presents the cards you loved and the airbrushed monstrosities that made you howl, the cards that have been packed away in boxes forever, and others you can&’t believe ever existed. Whether it&’s a case of mistaken identity or simply a great old photo, a fantastic 1970s haircut and &’stache, a wicked awesome goalie mask or a future Hall of Famer&’s off-season fashion sense, a wide variety of players—from superstars like Bobby Orr, Denis Potvin, and Phil Esposito to the likes of Bill Armstrong who played only one game in the NHL—chime in on one of their most famous cards.
By Keltie Thomas, Greg Hall. 2002
Provides technical information about ice hockey, including the physics of skating, explosive moves (slapshot and body check), sports medicine, and…what makes ice slippery and a hockey stick feel right. Includes tips on scoring and practicing, and discusses how the rules came about. For grades 4-7. 2002
By Gordie Howe, Frank Condron. 1999
Autobiography by Canadian hockey champion, who joined the Detroit Red Wings in 1946 at the age of eighteen. Howe describes…his career on the ice; his most famous games; and the athletes he played with, including his two sons. Some strong language. 1999
By Ken Baker. 2003
Former high-school and college hockey star relates putting aside his dream of a professional sports career but then later, at…age 31--after brain surgery and rehabilitation--playing again as the oldest rookie in pro history. Reveals details of teammates, coaches, fans, and one fast-paced hockey season. Strong language. 2003
A new book by Hall of Fame goalie and bestselling author Ken Dryden celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 1972…Summit Series SEPTEMBER 2, 1972, MONTREAL FORUM, GAME ONE: The best against the best for the first time. Canada, the country that had created the game; the Soviet Union, having taken it up only twenty-six years earlier. On the line: more than the players, more than the fans, more than Canadians and Russians knew. So began an entirely improbable, near-month-long series of games that became more and more riveting, until, for the eighth, and final, and deciding game—on a weekday, during work and school hours all across the country—the nation stopped. Of Canada’s 22 million people, 16 million watched. Three thousand more were there, in Moscow, behind the Iron Curtain, singing—Da da, Ka-na-da, nyet, nyet, So-vi-yet! It is a story long told, often told. But never like this. Ken Dryden, a goalie in the series, a lifetime observer, later a writer, tells the story in "you are there" style, as if he is living it for the first time. As if you, the reader, are too. The series, as it turned out, is the most important moment in hockey history, changing the game, on the ice and off, everywhere in the world. As it turned out, it is one of the most significant events in all of Canada’s history. Through Ken Dryden’s words, we understand why.
Sportswriter explains how coach Herb Brooks of the University of Minnesota devised a plan using his amateur players to defeat…the professional Soviet hockey team at the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid. Includes play-by-play descriptions and biographical sketches of the participants in the surprising upset during the Cold War. 2005
By Michael McKinley. 2006
A history of ice hockey, a sport that originated in Canada and is now played at the Olympics. Discusses the…development of the game, match details, outstanding players, and major trophies. Focuses on men's leagues and the NHL, with mention of women's hockey. For grades 5-8. 2006
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.