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Scotty: A Hockey Life Like No Other
by Ken Dryden

Language

English

Pages

352

Publication Date

October 29, 2019

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<b>NATIONAL BESTSELLER<br /><i><br />A hockey life like no other.</i></b><br /><br /><b><i>A hockey book like no other.</i></b><br /><br />Scotty Bowman is recognized as the best coach in hockey history, and one of the greatest coaches in all of sports. He won more games and more Stanley Cups than anyone else. Remarkably, despite all the changes in hockey, he coached at the very top for more than four decades, his first Cup win and his last an astonishing thirty-nine years apart. Yet perhaps most uniquely, different from anyone else who has ever lived or ever will again, he has experienced the best of hockey continuously since he was fourteen years old. With his precious standing room pass to the Montreal Forum, he saw "Rocket" Richard play at his peak every Saturday night. He saw Gordie Howe as a seventeen-year-old just starting out. He scouted Bobby Orr as a thirteen-year-old in Parry Sound, Ontario. He coached Guy Lafleur and Mario Lemieux. He coached against Wayne Gretzky. For the past decade, as an advisor for the Chicago Blackhawks, he has watched Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin, and Connor McDavid. He has seen it all <i>up close</i>.聽<br /><br />Ken Dryden was a Hall-of-Fame goaltender with the Montreal Canadiens. His critically acclaimed and bestselling books have shaped the way we read and think about hockey.聽<br /><br />Now the player and coach who won five Stanley Cups together team up once again.<br /><br />In <i>Scotty</i>, Dryden has given his coach a new test: Tell us about all these players and teams you've seen, but imagine yourself as their coach. Tell us about their weaknesses, not just their strengths. Tell us how you would coach them and coach against them. And then choose the top eight teams of all time, match them up against one another in a playoff series, and, separating the near-great from the great, tell us who would win. And why.<br /><br />This book is about a life鈥攁 hockey life, a Canadian life, a life of achievement. It is Scotty Bowman in his natural element, behind the bench one more time.
The Nordic Lightning: An International Legacies Romance
by Camilla Stevens

Language

English

Pages

392

Publication Date

September 24, 2019

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<b>Hockey is my game.<br />She's my goal. </b><br /><br /><b>ERIK S脴RENSON</b><br />Fast. Hot. Electrifying.<br />With a grin that could melt ice.<br />My life was going just fine here in Brooklyn where I鈥檝e lived all my life.<br />Then, the player they call the Nordic Lightning came skating into it.<br />What I know about hockey I could fit on the tip of my little finger.<br />I know even less about Erik S酶renson.<br />But I鈥檓 a fast learner.<br />Almost as fast as he is in those skates.<br />I鈥檝e learned he鈥檚 a Swedish import鈥r is it Norwegian?<br />I鈥檝e learned he does things on the ice that make my head spin.<br />I鈥檝e learned he鈥檚 the playmaker, the one that helps his teammates score鈥攂oth on and off the ice.<br />Which is why I鈥檓 more shocked than anyone when he鈥檚 the one asking me out鈥n the most public way possible.<br /><br />But our worlds are as different as night and day.<br /><br /><b><i>So what happens when the player who is constantly on the move meets up with the woman who is happily rooted in place?</i></b><br />聽<br />From Brooklyn to Scandinavia, this is another <b>BWWM Stand Alone</b> in the <i>International Legacies Romance</i> series.<br /><b>WARNING:</b> Due to adult content, 18+ Only<br /><br />
Eddie Olczyk: Beating the Odds in Hockey and in Life
by , Perry Lefko

Language

English

Pages

336

Publication Date

October 08, 2019

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Eddie Olczyk had built a life and career most people could only dream of. Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, he fell in love with the game of hockey during an era when most kids preferred balls to pucks. Against all odds, he played on the 1984 U.S. Olympic hockey team as a 17-year-old, and four months later he was drafted in the first round by his hometown Chicago Blackhawks. During an illustrious 16-year career, he played for and alongside some of the greatest franchises and players in history, winning a Stanley Cup with the unforgettable 1994 New York Rangers. Years later, he coached former teammate Mario Lemieux and Sidney Crosby on the Pittsburgh Penguins before transitioning into the broadcast booth, where he has become one of the most recognizable voices of the sport. He then combined his skills as an analyst with his second passion鈥?horse racing鈥攁nd became an integral part of NBC's coverage of thoroughbreds.<br /><br /> Away from the spotlight, Olczyk and his wife of three decades raised four adoring children. He was respected and admired by fans, friends, and peers. Life was sweet. Then, at 7:07 pm on August 4, 2017, his entire world turned upside down.<br /><br /> In Eddie Olczyk: Beating the Odds in Hockey and in Life, one of the biggest names in American hockey has written an inspiring and entertaining memoir of his life both on and off the ice. From shooting hundreds of tennis balls at a goal in his childhood living room to the ups and downs of his improbable hockey career to rollicking stories from the booth and the backstretch, Olczyk guides readers on his journey toward his ultimate test: a battle against Stage 3 colon cancer. For years, Olczyk's goal was to be the best husband, father, broadcaster, and handicapper he could be. Today he has a new one: to bring as much awareness and support to those fighting cancer as he possibly can. In this emotional but often hilarious autobiography, you'll learn why the people who know Eddie Olczyk best might describe him as "tremendously tremendous."
Cujo: The Untold Story of My Life On and Off the Ice
by , Curtis Joseph

Language

English

Pages

377

Publication Date

November 27, 2018

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Curtis Joseph, known affectionately to hockey fans around the world as Cujo, was an unlikely NHL superstar. The boy from Keswick, Ontario, didn't put on a pair of skates until most kids his age were already far along in organized hockey, and he was passed over by every team in the NHL draft. Despite an unorthodox start, he would go on to play 18 seasons with the St. Louis Blues, Edmonton Oilers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Detroit Red Wings, Phoenix Coyotes, and Calgary Flames, winning an Olympic gold medal along the way.For the first time, in this revealing memoir, Joseph talks about his highly unusual upbringing and what led him to pursue hockey. Fans will not want to miss this untold story of perseverance and finding one's own path.
The Grim Reaper: The Life and Career of a Reluctant Warrior
by Stu Grimson

Language

English

Pages

324

Publication Date

October 15, 2019

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<b>A powerful memoir from an NHL heavyweight champion who moved from the dressing room to the courtroom.</b><br /><br />NHL tough guys all tell the same story. <br /><br />They all grew up dreaming of skating in the big league as stars. Then one day, a coach tells them the only way to make it is to drop the gloves. And every guy says the same thing: I'll do whatever it takes to play in the NHL.<br /><br />Not Stu Grimson, though. When he was offered a contract to patrol the ice for the Calgary Flames, he said no thanks, and went to university instead. And that's the way Grimson has approached his career and his life: on his own terms. He stared down the toughest players on the planet for seventeen years, while working on his first university degree. He retired on his own terms, and went on to practice law, including a stint as in-house counsel for the NHLPA.<br /><br />This has put him in a unique position when it comes to commenting on the game. He's seen it from the trenches, and he's seen it from the courtroom. This puts him in the eye of the storm surrounding fighting and concussions. And he handles that the way he does everything: on his own terms. When Don Cherry called him out on televison, it was the seemingly indominable Cherry who backed down. Hockey fans will be fascinated by his data-driven defence of fighting.<br /><br />But in the end, this is not a book about fighting and locker-room stories. It's the story of a young man who ultimately took on the toughest role in pro sports and came out the other side. Where many others have not.
Relentless: My Life in Hockey and the Power of Perseverance
by , Jim Lang

Language

English

Pages

240

Publication Date

October 29, 2019

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<b>Former NHL star Bryan Berard shares the inspiring story of his life on and off the ice鈥攆rom finding early success in the league and suffering a life-changing eye injury to discovering the inner strength to overcome whatever life threw at him and continue to play the game he loved.</b><br /><br /><i>鈥淢y career is over,鈥?I said. 鈥淚鈥檓 never going to play in the NHL again.鈥?lt;/i><br /> <br /><i>My mom turned to me, a stern look on her face. 鈥溾€楴ever鈥?does not exist in our family鈥檚 vocabulary.鈥?lt;/i><br /> <br />On March 11, 2000, Bryan Berard鈥檚 life changed forever. One moment, he was a young hockey star, a former first overall pick and Olympian who had a long, bright career ahead of him. The next, he was writhing on the ice, his eye slashed by a wayward stick.<br /> <br />The doctors feared Bryan might lose his eye. It seemed certain that he would never play hockey again. But ever since his childhood, Bryan had refused to believe that anything was impossible.<br /> <br />With the support of his family behind him and his own inner determination driving him forward, Bryan not only recovered, but made a triumphant return to the NHL just two years after his injury. It seemed that the worst was behind him.<br /> <br />But there were storm clouds on the horizon. Injuries continued to plague him throughout the rest of his career, which saw him move from North America to Russia to continue to play the game he loved. Reports of steroid use cast a shadow over his accomplishments. And then, just as he was about to retire, Berard learned that his long-time financial adviser had defrauded him, several other hockey stars, and others out of millions of dollars in life savings.<br /> <br />Despite every setback, though, Berard refused to give up. He nearly lost an eye, but he never lost sight of what was most important in his life. Funny, honest, and inspiring, Berard鈥檚 memoir is a tribute to the resilience and perseverance of the human spirit.
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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<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鈥檛 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鈥檚 mind as he builds a roster or constructs a game plan, to the chaos of the goalie鈥檚 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.
Nicklas Lidstrom: The Pursuit of Perfection
by , Bob Duff

Language

English

Pages

288

Publication Date

October 01, 2019

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The life and career of Nicklas Lidstrom almost reads like a real-life hockey fairy tale. Drafted by the Detroit Red Wings as a 19-year-old defenseman out of his native Sweden, Lidstrom spent the next two decades manning the Motor City blueline. During those years he became a Hockeytown legend, amassing a mind-boggling collection of accomplishments and accolades: four Stanley Cups, seven Norris Trophies as the NHL's best defenseman, a Conn Smythe Trophy, 12 All-Star selections, and gold medals in both the Olympics and World Championships.<br /> Off the ice, life appears equally idyllic: Lidstrom is uniformly respected and admired by opponents, observers, and teammates alike, and he and his wife of more than 20 years have four boys who split their time between Sweden and their adopted homeland.<br /> Perhaps only one question remains unanswered about the man teammates referred to as the Perfect Human: exactly how did he do it?<br /> In <i>Nicklas Lidstrom: The Pursuit of Perfection</i>, the Hall of Fame defenseman and a who's-who of hockey luminaries investigate and reveal precisely how he made dominating the game he loves appear so effortless. How did an unimposing prospect catch the eye of Red Wings scouts during an era when few Swedes made it to the NHL? What was the secret to his remarkable endurance and longevity, allowing him to miss just 44 games in 20 grueling NHL seasons? And what level of preparation and study was required to transform a man who was not the biggest or fastest at his position into one of the greatest defensemen in hockey history?<br /> You'll find the answers to all of this and more in <i>Nicklas Lidstrom: The Pursuit of Perfection</i>
Building an Uncommon Champion: Help Your Child Redefine Success
by Jennifer Matras

Language

English

Pages

97

Publication Date

August 03, 2018

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<h2>BUILDING AN UNCOMMON CHAMPION</h2><br /> <br />Do you have a child who loves to play hockey and dreams of being on a college, NHL or Olympic team one day? So many children dream of this success, yet so few reach it. How come? In this book, <i>Building an Uncommon Champion</i>, Jennifer Matras will teach you from years of experience of working with athletes and also training with retired Navy SEALS, who are known as the best of the best, on how to help your child get to the next level along with helping them sustain success for a lifetime. <br /><br />Other books may claim to get others to another level, but they only focus on building speed or strength. Our program gives your child an <i>uncommon</i> advantage with proven techniques to enhance and sustain one鈥檚 abilities in the arena, weight room and classroom along with building world class leadership skills. <br /><br />Through this book your child will gain uncommon results in:<ul><br /><br /><li>Mental toughness</li><br /><li>Focus and discipline</li><br /><li>Communication skills</li><br /><li>Self-confidence</li><br /><li>Healthier relationships</li><br /><li>Over-all performance</li><br /><li>And much more!</li></ul><br /><br />Don鈥檛 miss out on learning how to tap into the God given tools He gives us to be the best we can be. Here鈥檚 to leaving common for someone else!
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鈥檚 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鈥?extravagant bribes to Russian doctors, including a big American car. Another player who wasn鈥檛 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 鈥?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 d茅tente between the White House and the Kremlin. This is their story.

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