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

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     Barry Melrose's life is hockey. From the time he was old enought to skate, he knew it's what he was meant to do. Growing up in Kelvington, Saskatchewan, he was one of a generation of future NHLers that included Wendel Clark, Bernie Federko, and the Kocur brothers. He fought his way through the Canadian minor league system, eventually getting drafted by the Montreal Canadiens.
     But Melrose chose instead to play for the WHA's Cincinnati Stingers, beginning a ...
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Overview

     Barry Melrose's life is hockey. From the time he was old enought to skate, he knew it's what he was meant to do. Growing up in Kelvington, Saskatchewan, he was one of a generation of future NHLers that included Wendel Clark, Bernie Federko, and the Kocur brothers. He fought his way through the Canadian minor league system, eventually getting drafted by the Montreal Canadiens.
     But Melrose chose instead to play for the WHA's Cincinnati Stingers, beginning a professional career that saw him sent up and down, between the big leagues and the minors, before ending his playing career as a player coach in the AHL. As a coach, he saw success at every level, winning a Memorial Cup, a Calder Cup, and reaching the Stanley Cup Final as coach of the LA Kings.
     Dropping the Gloves shares Barry's years of experience. He explains the psychology of the game, the inner workings of the locker room, and how many different elements are required to create a winnning team.Told in the same plain-spoken style that has made him ESPN's best-known hockey commentator, Dropping the Gloves is a fantastic compendium of hockey knowledge.
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"Barry Melrose presents a rare, firsthand, realistic look into the world of professional hockey from every perspective . . . and he does it in a manner he has mastered: raw and unpolished."
--New York Journal of Books
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780771056963
  • Publisher: McClelland & Stewart Ltd.
  • Publication date: 10/29/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 431,736
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

BARRY MELROSE is one of the few athletes who has played and coached in all three major organizations within the sport of hockey: Junior Hockey, the American Hockey League, and the National Hockey League. As an NHL coach he took the Los Angeles Kings -- and Wayne Gretzky -- to the Stanley Cup finals. For the past fifteen years, Melrose has been a commentator and hockey analyst for ESPN TV.

ROGER VAUGHAN has published biographies of Ted Turner and Herbert von Karajan in addition to 12 other books including The Art of Hitting, with Tony Gwynn; Golf, The Women's Game; and Fastnet: One Man's Voyage; and the story for a feature film (Wind). He has written more than 100 shows (both live and taped). The author lives in Glens Falls, New York.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Wayne Gretzky ix

Introduction Roger Vaughan 1

Warriors on Ice 3

1 Ice: The Best Playground 5

2 The Only Game in Town 22

3 Dark Ages 40

4 Horns of a Dilemma 56

5 Barry and the Jets 73

6 Thinking-Man's Game 85

7 Losing a Step 103

8 From Player to Alchemist 113

9 Coaching Attitude 132

10 The Whole Cake 141

11 Welcome to L.A. (@7.3 Richter) 152

12 Face On 178

13 Changes 191

The Best 209

Appendix: Career Stats 228

Index 230

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2013

    Ya READ THIS!!

    Drop the gloves bro!!

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