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The Art of Scouting: How The Hockey Experts Really Watch The Game and Decide Who Makes It

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470681503
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/26/2011
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Shane Malloy is a columnist and broadcaster who has been covering hockey prospects, scouting, and player development for the past decade. He is currently a co-host of Hockey Prospect Radio and Business of Hockey on Sirius XM Satellite Radio (Home Ice 204). He is also a scout and consultant on the NHL video game for Electronic Arts. Previously he has been a columnist for Rogers Sportsnet, TSN, Fox Sports and NHL.com, along with being a feature columnist for Goalie News, CNN/SI, The Sporting News, CHL Prospects Magazine, and several NHL team websites.

Shane appears regularly on TV and radio to talk about hockey, prospects, and scouting, including TSN's Off the Record, Prime Time Sports with Bob McCown (on Sportsnet Radio FAN590 Toronto and heard across North America), and Sports Talk with Dan Russell, the longest running sports talk show in the country (on CKNW AM 980 in Vancouver).

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Table of Contents

Foreword.

Preface.

Acknowledgements.

Part 1: Life at the Corner of the Rink.

Chapter 1: An Introduction to Scouting.

Chapter 2: Amateur and Professional Scouting.

Chapter 3: Where to Find Them.

Chapter 4: Tools of the Trade.

Part 2: Inside the Secret World of Hockey Scouting.

Chapter 5: The Scouting Fraternity.

Chapter 6: Influential Scouts.

Part 3: How to Tell Who's Got Game.

Chapter 7: Hockey Sense.

Chapter 8: Skating.

Chapter 9: Puck Skills and Puck Movement.

Chapter 10: Shooting the Puck.

Chapter 11: Physical Game.

Chapter 12: Defensive Hockey.

Chapter 13: Goaltenders.

Chapter 14: Defencemen and Forwards.

Chapter 15: The Intangibles.

Chapter 16: An Inside Look at a Player Meeting.

Appendix: Player Development.

Index.

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