Take Your Eye Off the Puck

How to Watch Hockey By Knowing Where to Look

Author: Greg Wyshynski

Publisher: Triumph Books

ISBN: 1633192881

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 256

View: 924

A guide for sports fans on how to watch and appreciate the game of hockeyMore 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, Take Your Eye Off the Puck shows fans how to get the most out of watching their favorite sport.
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Ice Hockey Made Simple

A Spectator's Guide

Author: P. J. Harari,Dave Ominsky

Publisher: First Base Sports, Inc.

ISBN: 9781884309113

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 125

View: 770

A perennial favorite now in its fourth edition, this title helps guide viewers through the rules of the fast-moving and often confusing sport of ice hockey. It also guides the reader through the confusing jumble of numbers and statistics published in the sports page every day.
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Hockey Plays and Strategies, 2E

Author: Johnston, Mike,Walter, Ryan

Publisher: Human Kinetics

ISBN: 149256253X

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 248

View: 9411

Hockey Plays and Strategies features a variety of plays, systems, and strategies for game play in the offensive, neutral, and defensive zones. Special situations such as the power play, penalty kill, and face-offs are also featured.
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Hockey Abstract Presents... Stat Shot

The Ultimate Guide to Hockey Analytics

Author: Vollman, Rob

Publisher: ECW Press

ISBN: 1770909230

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 360

View: 8497

Making advanced stats simple, practical, and fun for hockey fans Advanced stats give hockeyÍs powerbrokers an edge, and now fans can get in on the action. Stat Shot is a fun and informative guide hockey fans can use to understand and enjoy what analytics says about team building, a playerÍs junior numbers, measuring faceoff success, recording save percentage, the most one-sided trades in history, and everything you ever wanted to know about shot-based metrics. Acting as an invaluable supplement to traditional analysis, Stat Shot can be used to test the validity of conventional wisdom, and to gain insight into what teams are doing behind the scenes „ or maybe what they should be doing. Whether looking for a reference for leading-edge research and hard-to-find statistical data, or for passionate and engaging storytelling, Stat Shot belongs on every serious hockey fanÍs bookshelf.
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Glow Pucks and 10-Cent Beer

The 101 Worst Ideas in Sports History

Author: Greg Wyshynski

Publisher: Taylor Pub

ISBN: 9781589793088

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 309

View: 6981

A history of some of the sports world's most infamous events, ideas, traditions, and trends shares humorous original essays criticizing such practices as the coin toss, Fox Sports's "Glow Puck" broadcasting technology, and overtime shootouts. Original.
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The Game

Author: Ken Dryden

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470739341

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 320

View: 7607

Widely acknowledged as the best hockey book ever written and lauded by Sports Illustrated as one of the Top 10 Sports Books of All Time, The Game is a reflective and thought-provoking look at a life in hockey. Intelligent and insightful, former Montreal Canadiens goalie and former President of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Ken Dryden captures the essence of the sport and what it means to all hockey fans. He gives us vivid and affectionate portraits of the characters — Guy Lafleur, Larry Robinson, Guy Lapointe, Serge Savard, and coach Scotty Bowman among them — that made the Canadiens of the 1970s one of the greatest hockey teams in history. But beyond that, Dryden reflects on life on the road, in the spotlight, and on the ice, offering up a rare inside look at the game of hockey and an incredible personal memoir. This commemorative edition marks the 20th anniversary of The Game's original publication. It includes black and white photography from the Hockey Hall of Fame and a new chapter from the author. Take a journey to the heart and soul of the game with this timeless hockey classic.
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The Game 20th Anniversary Edition

Author: Ken Dryden

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 1443427292

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 320

View: 1947

Widely acknowledged as the best hockey book ever written and lauded by Sports Illustrated as one of the Top 10 Sports Books of All Time, The Game is a reflective and thought-provoking look at a life in hockey. Intelligent and insightful, former Montreal Canadiens goalie and former President of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Ken Dryden captures the essence of the sport and what it means to all hockey fans. He gives us vivid and affectionate portraits of the characters Guy Lafleur, Larry Robinson, Guy Lapointe, Serge Savard, and coach Scotty Bowman among them that made the Canadiens of the 1970s one of the greatest hockey teams in history. But beyond that, Dryden reflects on life on the road, in the spotlight, and on the ice, offering up a rare inside look at the game of hockey and an incredible personal memoir. This commemorative edition marks the 20th anniversary of The Game's original publication. It includes black and white photography from the Hockey Hall of Fame and a new chapter from the author. Take a journey to the heart and soul of the game with this timeless hockey classic.
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Behind the Bench

Inside the Minds of Hockey's Greatest Coaches

Author: Craig Custance,Sidney Crosby

Publisher: Triumph Books

ISBN: 1633198634

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 256

View: 3297

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 Behind the Bench, 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.
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Ice Hockey Guide – Basic Rules

Author: Steve Robertson

Publisher: My Ebook Publishing House via PublishDrive

ISBN: 1301243124

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 80

View: 5376

Learn more about the high powered, fast paced game of professional hockey. The rules are often misunderstood and confused. Ice Hockey Guide – Basic Rules breaks down rules and rink configurations and explains penalties and other causes for the officials to stop play. This easy-to-read guide contains everything for the fan and non-fan alike to understand and enjoy the sport of ice hockey. Each section stands alone, so it can be used as a handy reference guide. The National Hockey League expansion of the last decade and the increased television coverage exposed millions of new fans to hockey. The Stanley Cup is now seen in over 170 countries, while annual sales of NHL merchandise today exceed $1 billion. Yet hockey remains one of the least understood sports. With the help of this guide, you can learn to follow the excitement of America's fastest-paced sport in no time at all.
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Future Greats and Heartbreaks

A Year Undercover in the Secret World of NHL Scouts

Author: Gare Joyce

Publisher: Anchor Canada

ISBN: 038567273X

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 336

View: 1014

“One of this continent’s master craftsmen of sporting prose” (Sports Illustrated) and three-time National Magazine Award-winner Gare Joyce goes undercover to learn the secrets of NHL scouts. Veteran sports writer Gare Joyce realizes a long-held secret ambition as he spends a full season embedded as a hockey scout. Joyce’s year on the hockey beat is a steep learning curve for him; NHL scouts spend each season gathering information on players fighting it out to break into the world of professional hockey. They watch hundreds of games, speak to scores of players, parents, team-mates and other scouts, amassing profiles on all the top contenders. It’s a form of risk assessment–is this young hopeful deserving of a multi-million dollar contract?–and it can be a tough and thankless task. Scouts are ground into the game, picking up nuances of play that even the most committed fan would miss, but they are looking at more than just how well a kid can play. And come the final draft, only a tiny percentage of their full year’s work might matter. Examining the amount of information gathered on the under-eighteen hopefuls, the scrutiny to which they are subjected, and the differences between the rigour of American and Canadian junior teams, Joyce opens a window on the life and methods of an NHL scout and penetrates the mysterious world of scouting as no one has before. From the Hardcover edition.
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Hockey For Dummies

Author: John Davidson,John Steinbreder

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118053567

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 384

View: 310

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Changing the Game

A History of NHL Expansion

Author: Stephen Laroche

Publisher: ECW Press

ISBN: 1770905782

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 424

View: 5067

The complete history of the growth of the NHL. Changing the Game: A History of NHL Expansion celebrates an often-overlooked aspect of hockey history. The book provides comprehensive coverage of the NHL's spread across the North American market in the 1920s along with the memorable expansions that began in 1967. Relive some great and painful moments from the debut seasons of forgotten teams such as the Montreal Maroons and California Seals along with fan favorites like the Boston Bruins and New York Rangers. Every first-year NHL roster is covered and nearly 100 players share their memories of playing for hard-luck clubs.
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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Hockey

Author: Malcolm G. Kelly,Mark Askin

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780028642574

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 343

View: 2254

The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Hockey will cover the complete history of hockey, including: in the beginning-bandy and shinny are the precursors to what would become hockey; full-blown hockey invented in...Dartmouth, N.S.; How hockey hit the lower forty-eight; the first Winter Olympics; the birth of the NHL; the 70's-goons to the left, goons to the right-hockey's darkest days; the rise of Lemieux, Gretzky, Messier, and the modern hockey hero; hockey comes out from behind the Iron Curtain; and inroads women and minorities have made into the sport. The authors have also included four Top 10 lists in the back of the book, including players, teas, moments, and influential people in hockey history.
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Hockey Goaltending

Author: Eli Wilson,Brian van Vliet

Publisher: Human Kinetics

ISBN: 1492586293

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 248

View: 4025

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. No one knows this better than Eli Wilson does. Widely recognized as the leading authority on goaltending, he has worked alongside 30 NHL goaltenders, including Carey Price, Ray Emery, Tuukka Rask, and Brian Elliott. 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: • Selection of the right equipment for fit and functionality • Stance and presence in the net, including footwork, stick placement, and body positioning • Puck stopping, from save selection to execution • Postsave recovery strategies, including controlling and directing rebounds • Tactics for breakaways, odd-man rushes, and wraparounds • Focus and visualization methods to improve the mental game • On- and off-ice drills and training programs for year-round conditioning to increase strength, stamina, speed, and agility • Suggestions for building productive relationships between head coaches, goaltending coaches, and goaltenders 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.
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Leave No Doubt

A Credo for Chasing Your Dreams

Author: Mike Babcock

Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP

ISBN: 0773586792

Category: Self-Help

Page: 167

View: 7609

Mike Babcock is the only hockey coach in the history of the game to lead teams to victory in the Stanley Cup, the World Championship, and the Olympic Games. Currently head coach for the Detroit Red Wings, he is arguably the best coach in the game today. In this book, against the dramatic backdrop of the Canadian men's gold medal victory in Vancouver, Babcock provides an inspiring roadmap for achieving goals and fulfilling dreams. This is not just a book about hockey but a book about life, rooted in Babcock's "Leave No Doubt" credo. Written by Babcock and his longtime friend Rick Larsen, the credo hung on Team Canada's dressing-room wall during their historic run to Olympic gold. It provides a compelling framework for excelling in life. Illuminated by revealing stories about overcoming doubt, "owning pressure," and making a difference, "Leave No Doubt" is based on a firm belief in everyday commitment and a step by step approach to being "better than good enough." The words originally written for Canada's Olympic gold medal hockey team - leave no doubt, every day counts, our determination will define us - inspire an approach to succeeding in life that is relevant to people of all interests and ambitions. Athlete or not, each of us will find valuable guidance in this succinct primer from one of the most respected leaders in sports.
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Hockey Confidential

Author: Bob McKenzie

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 144341834X

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 336

View: 6384

Over 500,000 hockey fans follow Bob McKenzie on Twitter and millions more on TSN—no one has the access or breadth and depth of experience when it comes to the hockey. Now in his very first book on the NHL, Bob goes behind the scenes, covering the inside stories, the lesser-known personalities and the events that shape Canada’s game. He talks to Bobby Orr about Connor McDavid (touted as “the next Crosby”), reveals the actual stats that NHL coaches and scouts use, and explores what it’s like to be Don Cherry’s son. Entertaining, insightful and a damn good read, Hockey Confidential is a must for every hockey fan.
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The Art of Scouting

How The Hockey Experts Really Watch The Game and Decide Who Makes It

Author: Shane Malloy

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470963463

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 288

View: 2837

The Art of Scouting delves into the secretive world of hockey prospecting, a world more akin to Cold War-era spying than a casual day in the stands. Scouts decide whether a player has the talent to make the final step to the NHL-or not-but what they do and how they do it are a mystery to most fans. Shane Malloy is one of the first media personalities to be welcomed into the world of scouting and brings to hockey fans an enlightening and fascinating narrative that explains the culture, history, science and art of hockey scouting. Malloy's unique experience-combined with interviews featuring scouts, coaches and hockey executives- will give readers a true understanding and appreciation for what scouts do and how they do it, what it really takes to make it to the NHL, and how to watch the game like a scout. Praise for The Art of Scouting: "If you love hockey but wonder how teams are built and what goes into scouting, then this book is a gem." — Kelly Hrudey, Hockey Night in Canada Analyst "The work that Shane has done is based on knowledge and diligence. We have great respect for this project as it has tremendous substance to it. An excellent source of information." —Doug Wilson, Executive Vice President and General Manager, San Jose Sharks "If you have ever been at a hockey game and seen the scouts in the corner and wondered what they do, how they do it and why they do it, The Art of Scouting by Shane Malloy will take you inside their world." —Bob McKenzie, TSN Hockey Insider "For anyone fascinated by player evaluation and what goes into it, this is a must-read. Interesting perspectives and a good cast of characters. Thought-provoking and entertaining." —Peter Loubardias, Hockey Broadcaster,Rogers Sportsnet "The Art of Scouting provides readers with a behind-the-scenes view of the sport's lifeblood...scouting and the people that do it...A great read for any hockey fan." —Brad Treliving, Vice President and Assistant General Manager, Phoenix Coyotes
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The Code

Football's Unwritten Rules and Its Ignore-at-your-own-risk Code of Conduct

Author: Ross Bernstein,Mike Ditka,Ahmad Rashad

Publisher: Triumph Books (IL)

ISBN: 9781600781759

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 246

View: 2089

Explains the unwritten rules and the code of conduct that professional football players in the United States are bound to follow, covering rules about sportsmanship, retaliation, and intimidation, and discussing memorable violations of the unwritten rules about trash-talking, brawling, sign-stealing, and more.
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