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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>
The Nordic Lightning: An International Legacies Romance
by Camilla Stevens

Language

English

Pages

365

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

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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."
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.
If These Walls Could Talk: Pittsburgh Penguins: Stories from the ...
by , Josh Yohe

Language

English

Pages

256

Publication Date

October 01, 2019

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<b>THE PITTSBURGH PENGUINS HAVE BECOME ONE OF THE MOST STORIED FRANCHISES IN NHL HISTORY. </b>Winners of five Stanley Cup championships, the Penguins have hosted generations of stars from Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr to Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, all of whom have left an indelible mark on team history. Phil Bourque, who helped earn two of those Stanley Cup victories and who now serves as color commentator alongside Mike Lange for Penguins radio broadcasts, has gotten to witness more than his fair share of that history up close and personal. In If These Walls Could Talk: Pittsburgh Penguins, you'll relive some of that history, from Bourque's memories of training camp with Lemieux to his stories of celebrating with (and having to repair) the Cup.<br /><br /> Through singular anecdotes only Bourque can tell about current and past players, coaches, and opponents, this book provides fans with a one-of-a-kind, insider's look into the Penguins' greatest moments, disappointments, and everything in between.
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.
H貿quei em Patins (Portuguese Edition)
by Francisco Velasco

Language

Portuguese

Pages

319

Publication Date

January 02, 2016

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O LIVRO: Historiada a modalidade, com particular relevo para as duas principais fases da sua evoluc抬a虄o, o ho虂quei de improvisac抬a虄o e o ho虂quei ta虂ctico, Francisco Velasco desenvolve temas ta虄o importantes para a pra虂tica do ho虂quei em patins como a preparac抬a虄o te虂cnica e atle虂tica, individual e em grupo, a ana虂lise da movimentac抬a虄o dos jogadores, as acc抬o虄es ta虂cticas relativas a虁s va虂rias situac抬o虄es de ataque e defesa, etc., esclarecendo o texto com elucidativas figuras e esquemas. Propondo planos de organizac抬a虄o, preconizando me虂todos, apontando soluc抬o虄es, desenvolvendo esquemas ta虂cticos, a presente obra e虂, nas palavras do seu autor, 蘆uma tentativa de contribuir para que se inicie uma discussa虄o mais alargada de questo虄es que esta虄o na base das brechas que se detectam no edifi虂cio da modalidade祿.<br /><br />O AUTOR: Tendo-se iniciado na patinagem aos 8 anos e no ho虂quei em patins aos 12, nos jogos oficiais de juniores em Moc抬ambique, Francisco Velasco ingressa aos 19 anos na Selecc抬a虄o de Moc抬ambique e, em 1955, vem pela primeira vez a Portugal com o SNECI. De 1956 a 1960, faz parte da Selecc抬a虄o Nacional Portuguesa e conquista os ti虂tulos de Campea虄o do Mundo, da Europa e Latino. Iniciou a sua carreira de treinador em 1956, no Ferrovia虂rio de Moc抬ambique. Foi ainda treinador do Clube Sporting de Lourenc抬o Marques e dos Clubes Fiestaland e Associac抬a虄o Portuguesa de Joanesburgo. Membro da Comissa虄o Nacional de Moc抬ambique de 1978 a 1980, e虂 o responsa虂vel pela preparac抬a虄o da Selecc抬a虄o Nacional de Angola que disputa, em Barcelos e Lisboa, o 25.擄 Campeonato do Mundo.
Code of the Samurai: A Modern Translation of the Bushido Shoshins...
by Thomas Cleary

Language

English

Pages

130

Publication Date

June 07, 2011

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<b>Learn the ways of the Japanese Bushido Code with this very readable, modern translation of the <i>Bushido Shoshinshu</i>.</b><br /><br /><i>Code of the Samurai</i> is a four-hundred-year-old explication of the rules and expectations embodied in <i>Bushido</i>, the Japanese Way of the Warrior. <i>Bushido</i> has played a major role in shaping the behavior of modern Japanese government, corporations, society, and individuals, as well as in shaping modern Japanese martial arts within Japan and internationally. <br /><br />The Japanese original of this book, <i>Bushido Shoshinshu</i>, (<i>Bushido for Beginners</i>), has been one of the primary sources on the tenets of <i>Bushido</i>, a way of thought that remains fascinating and relevant to the modern world, East and West. This handbook, written after five hundred years of military rule in Japan, was composed to provide practical and moral instruction for warriors, correcting wayward tendencies and outlining the personal, social, and professional standards of conduct characteristic of <i>Bushido</i>, the Japanese chivalric tradition.<br /><br />With a clear, conversational narrative by Thomas Cleary, one of the foremost translators of the wisdom of Asia, and powerfully evocative line drawings by master illustrator Oscar Ratti, this book is indispensable to the corporate executive, student of the Asian Culture, martial artist, those interested in Eastern philosophy or military strategy, as well as for those simply interested in Japan and its people.
The Game: 30th Anniversary Edition
by Ken Dryden

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English

Pages

320

Publication Date

November 01, 2013

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<p>Widely acknowledged as the best hockey book ever written and lauded by <i>Sports Illustrated</i> as one of the Top 10 Sports Books of All Time, <i>The Game</i> is a reflective and thought-provoking look at a life in hockey. Ken Dryden, the former Montreal Canadiens goalie and former president of the Toronto Maple Leafs, captures the essence of the sport and what it means to all hockey fans. He gives vivid and affectionate portraits of the characters鈥擥uy Lafleur, Larry Robinson, Guy Lapointe, Serge Savard, and coach Scotty Bowman among them鈥攚ho 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 a rare inside look at the game of hockey and an incredible personal memoir. This commemorative edition marks the 30th anniversary of the book鈥檚 original publication, and it includes a new foreword by Bill Simmons, new photography, and a new chapter, 鈥淭he Game Goes On.鈥?Take a journey to the heart and soul of the game with this timeless hockey classic.</p>
Before the Lights Go Out: A Season Inside a Game on the Brink
by Sean Fitz-Gerald

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English

Pages

296

Publication Date

October 01, 2019

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<b><b>A love letter to a sport that's losing itself, from one of Canada's best sports writers.</b></b><br /><br />Canadian hockey is approaching a state of crisis. It's become more expensive, more exclusive, and effectively off-limits to huge swaths of the potential sports-loving population. Youth registration numbers are stagnant; efforts to appeal to new Canadians are often grim at best; the game, increasingly, does not resemble the country of which it's for so long been an integral part.<br />聽聽聽聽These signs worried Sean Fitz-Gerald. As a lifelong hockey fan and father of a young mixed-race son falling headlong in love with the game, he wanted to get to the roots of these issues. His entry point: a season with the Peterborough Petes, a storied OHL team far from its former glory in a once-emblematic Canadian city that is finding itself on the wrong side of the country's changing demographics. Fitz-Gerald profiles the players, coaches and front office staff, a mix of world-class talents with NHL aspirations and Peterborough natives happy with more modest dreams. Through their experiences, their widely varied motivations and expectations, we get a rich, colourful understanding of who ends up playing hockey in Canada and why.<br />聽聽聽聽 Fitz-Gerald interweaves the action of the season with portraits of public figures who've shaped and been shaped by the game: authors who captured its spirit, politicians who exploited it, and broadcasters who try to embody and sell it. He finds his way into community meetings full of angry season ticket holders, as well as into sterile boardrooms full of the sport's institutional brain trust, unable to break away from the inertia of tradition and hopelessly at war with itself.<br />聽聽聽聽 <i>Before the Lights Go Out</i> is a moving, funny, yet unsettling picture of a sport at a crossroads. Fitz-Gerald's warm but rigorous journalistic approach reads, in the end, like a letter to a troubled friend: it's not too late to save hockey in this country, but who has the will to do it?

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