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Dropping the Gloves: Inside the Fiercely Combative World of Professional Hockey

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2014

    For any aspiring hockey players this book is a requisite to read

    For any aspiring hockey players this book is a requisite to read. Barry Melrose knows the game of ice hockey better than anyone on
    the planet. Not only has he played the game in the topmost league possible, he’s also been an efficacious coach and is now the
    foremost ice hockey analyzer for ESPN. In this book, he digs deep into his own knowledgeable mind of hockey to give a precise,
    firsthand look into the lifestyle, the fierce battle of hockey, and how one can make it to the big leagues. “Dropping the Gloves” is also a
    great read for anyone who is just simply fond of hockey, or wants to learn more about the book. Because Melrose has seen the
    combative game from every perspective possible, he makes it very simple to understand when he talks about the vast leagues
    and nebulous regulations of the sport. Many major topics are also addressed in this book like fighting; Melrose explains how it is a
     necessity to the game, and how it is a “tool,” for a team looking to use it. Another great aspect of this book is how Melrose explains
     the game in its rawest form. He does this because the complexity of the game is very overwhelming to people who have not played it.
     He presents his knowledge in a much more simplistic way making the book much more readable and smooth. Also, Melrose
    presents his erudition in a very logical, analytical approach. But with this approach comes a lack of colorful vocabulary, and the book
    can become dragged out. If you’re looking to broaden your knowledge about the sport, or just simply looking to read something
    interesting I highly recommend this book. Melrose’s wisdom about the game is vital to anyone looking to sharpen their hockey mind.
    Vic L

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