Best Book of Hockey Facts and Stats


Over its info-packed 304 pages, The Best Book of Hockey Facts and Stats records all the players and all the important games and seriesincluding every Stanley Cup game and every All-Star game. Also included are details of all the trophies awarded to the best players, such as the Georges Vezina for best goalie, the Art Ross Trophy, and the trophy awarded in honor of Maurice "Rocket" Richard.

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Over its info-packed 304 pages, The Best Book of Hockey Facts and Stats records all the players and all the important games and seriesincluding every Stanley Cup game and every All-Star game. Also included are details of all the trophies awarded to the best players, such as the Georges Vezina for best goalie, the Art Ross Trophy, and the trophy awarded in honor of Maurice "Rocket" Richard.

Player listings are loaded with information: personal stats, such as where a player was born, his height and weight, and career scoring totals and trophies won to date, plus the complete story of the player's career.

The Best Book of Hockey Facts and Stats features:

  • The Teams in the NHL
  • The Stanley Cup Winners
  • Great Players
  • Great Games
  • Famous Arenas
  • Hockey Statistics
  • Hockey Records
  • The History of Professional Hockey

The Best Book of Hockey Facts and Stats not only chronicles the growth of this popular sport, the authors' entertaining and readable style reveals their passion for the great game of hockey.

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Editorial Reviews

American Reference Books Annual, Volume 35 - Philip Swan
Well bound and printed on acid free paper... an easily accessible compendium of hockey history and numbers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781552976609
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/7/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.32 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

STATS Inc. is North America's most comprehensive agency for the dissemination of sports statistics. Based in Chicago, they supply the media with facts and figures on hockey as well as other sports.

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Table of Contents


Franchise Histories

Eastern Conference - Northeast
- Boston Bruins
- Buffalo Sabres
- Montreal Canadiens
- Toronto Maple Leafs
- Ottawa Senators

Eastern Conference - Atlantic
- New Jersey Devils
- New York Islanders
- New York Rangers
- Philadelphia Flyers
- Pittsburgh Penguins

Eastern Conference - Southeast
- Atlanta Thrashers
- Carolina Hurricanes
- Florida Panthers
- Tampa Bay Lightning
- Washington Capitals

Western Conference - Central
- Chicago Blackhawks
- Columbus Blue Jackets
Detroit Red WingsNashville Predators
- St. Louis Blues

Western Conference - Northwest
- Calgary Flames
- Colorado Avalanche
- Edmonton Oilers
- Minnesota Wild
- Vancouver Canucks

Western Conference- Pacific
- Anaheim Mighty Ducks
- Dallas Stars
- Los Angeles Kings
- Phoenix Coyotes
- San Jose Sharks

The Players

- Ed Belfour
- Johnny Bower
- Frank Brimsek
- Turk Broda
- Martin Brodeur
- Byron Defoe
- Ken Dryden
- Bill Durnan
- Tony Esposito
- Grant Fuhr
- Chuck Gardiner
- Eddie
- George Hainsworth
- Glenn Hall
- Dominik Hasek
- Curtis Joseph
- Nikoial Khabibulin
- Chris Osgood
- Bernie Parent
- Jacques Plante
- Felix Potvin
- Patrick Roy
- Terry Sawchuk
- Billy Smith
- Jose Theodore
- Viadislav Tretiak
- Gump Worsley

- Bryan Berard
- Ray Bourque
- King Clancy
- Dit Clapper
- Chris Chelios
- Paul Coffey
- Doug Harvey
- Tim Horton
- Red Kelly
- Niklas Lidstrom
- Scott Niedermayer
- Bobby Orr
- Sandis Ozolinsh
- Brad Park
- Pierre Pilote
- Denis Potvin
Chris Pronger
- Larry Robinson
- Serge Savard
- Earl Seibert
- Eddie Shore

- Syl Apps
- Jean Beliveau
- Bobby Clarke
- Alex Delvecchio
- Marcel Dionne
- Phil Esposito
- Peter Forsberg
- Ron Francis
- Wayne Gretzky
- Dale Hawerchuk
- Mario Lemieux
- Trevor Linden
- Eric Lindros
- Mark Messier
- Stan Mikita
- Mike Modano
- Howie Morenz
- Michael Peca
- Henri Richard
- Milt Schmidt
- Peter Stastny
- Nels Stewart
- Mats Sundin
- Bryan Troffier
- Alexei Yashin
- Steve Yzerman

- Mike Bossy
- John Bucyk
- Pavel Bure
- Charlie Conacher
- Patrik Elias
- Mike Gartner
- Bernie Geoffrion
- Michel Goulet
- Bill Guerin
- Dany Heatley
- Gordle Howe
- Bobby Hull
- Brett Hull
- Jarome lginia
- Jaromir Jagr
- Paul Karlya
- Ilya Kovalchuk
- Jari Kurri
- Guy LaFieur
- Ted Lindsay
- Frank Mahovlich
- Dickie Moore
- Ziggy Palffy
- Maurice Richard
- Teemu Selanne
- Keith Tkachuk

The Coaches
- Jack Adams
- Al Arbour
- Toe Blake
- Scotty Bowman
- Hap Day
- Punch lmiach
- Dick Irvin
- Tommy Ivan
- Mike Keenan
- Jacques Lemaire
- Lester Patrick
- Pat Quinn
- Art Ross
- Glen Sather
- Fred Shero

The Key Games
- April 13,1927
- April 7,1928
- March 29,1929
- April 3,1930
- April 9,1931
- April 13,1933
- April 10, 1934
- March 24-25, 1936
- April 2, 1939
- April 13,1940
- April 18, 1942
- April 10, 1947
- April 23, 1950
- April 21, 1951
- March 27, 1952
- April 8,1952
- April 16,1954
- March 17, 1955
- April 22,1962
- April 23,1964
- May 10, 1970
- May 11, 1971
September 28,1972
- May 19,1974
- May 10, 1979
- February 22, 1980
- May 24,1980
- May 24,1986
- May 31, 1987
- May 25, 1989
- June 2, 1993
- June 14,1994
- June 24,1995
- June 10, 1996
- June 7, 1997
- June 19,1999
- June 10, 2000
- June 9, 2001
- June 13, 2002

The Facts and Stats


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For a sport that started out on the natural ice of the frozen north, there were really only a couple of ways to go. South ... and west. And, now, everywhere in between. Almost all at once, it seems.

For four decades, more or less, and 25 straight years from the onset of World War 11, professional hockey was content to exist in a solid Canada-USA mix of six major markets-Toronto, Montreal, New York City, Boston, Detroit and Chicago.

There were plenty of great players and teams, and their amazing stories are here. But for many sports fans, hockey was an acquired taste. Football was another story, as the NFL was beating major league baseball to the West Coast by the better part of a decade in the Fifties. The NBA was right there, too. The three professional sports leagues were combining, consolidating competitors, conquering new markets, energizing TV empires and developing their demographics.

All the while hockey waited. And watched. Content and comfortable in their historic ice palaces, mostly from the Roaring Twenties — the Forum, Maple Leaf Gardens, Chicago Stadium, the Olympia, Boston Garden and Madison Square Gardens.

As great as Gordie Howe and Maurice "Rocket" Richard might have been, they were not names all sports fans would know much about. Here you will learn of all the great names and personalities in hockey history — the top 100 past and present stars — from goalkeepers to centers, from defensemen to wingers.

And then there are the coaches, the top 15 of all time, profiled here as well, from Jack Adams and Lester Patrick to Scotty Bowman and Mike Keenan.

All the while the pace of the game is on view. Fast and furious on the ice, hockey wasn't exactly happening off it. Sure, there were some advances — helmets, goalie masks,
painting the ice white, striped shirts for the officials, the Zamboni machine. But if you cared about the National Hockey League west of Chicago or south of Manhattan, well my friend, that's why they had newsreels. Or the minor leagues.

By the time the NHL finally expanded in a serious way after the 1966-1967 season, the NBA had beaten hockey to Los Angeles by seven years, to Minneapolis by 19 and to St. Louis by 20.The irony here is that it was the NHL that had pretty much brought pro basketball into existence after WWII in order to have a second team in their arenas in the winter. Hockey was getting beaten to the punch almost everywhere by baseball, football and basketball. In California, Florida, the Pacific Northwest, the Old South, the Rockies and the Sunbelt.

Finally the NHL did get it. From six teams in 1966-1967, the league has expanded to 30 teams just 25 years later, a 500 percent increase. No major professional sports league has expanded that far that fast. The NHL these days is in Nashville, Columbus, Vancouver, Carolina, Florida, Atlanta, Colorado, Texas and Arizona. New buildings everywhere are filled with luxury boxes. And the players no longer come from just six or seven Canadian provinces and an occasional immigrant.

American college players supplement a steady diet of blue chippers from all around the world — from Australia to the Czech Republic, from Sweden to Russia, from Finland to Slovakia, from Germany to England. Many of them are profiled here.

You know hockey has arrived when sports fans in Carolina let their Charlotte Hornets pro basketball team leave the state at the same time they go giddy for a Hurricane hockey club that improbably brings the Stanley Cup finals home to Raleigh.

Players are bigger, stronger, faster, more talented now, although the group that just left the game headed by Wayne Gretzky and Mario
Lemieux will be hard to beat for sheer blinding skill levels. And maybe we'll never see the likes of Gordie Howe, Howie Morenz or Maurice Richard either.

But professional hockey? You can't miss it. Coming to a neighborhood near you, whether you're a hometown fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes or the North Carolina Tar Heels, or even the Grand Ole Opry, hockey is here. And there. Darn near everywhere.

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