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Hockey Now!


The team of Dan Hamilton and Mike Leonetti is well known to hockey fans. In the last five years their calendar, "The Hockey Year," has been a bestseller every year.This unique book contains biographies and action photography of 70 of the top players in the National Hockey League, with their career statistics up-to-date through the 19981999 season.Organized by seven "positions" or player roles, this is a ready reference for the millions of hockey fans across North America: 1. The Masked Marvels: the very best ...
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The team of Dan Hamilton and Mike Leonetti is well known to hockey fans. In the last five years their calendar, "The Hockey Year," has been a bestseller every year.This unique book contains biographies and action photography of 70 of the top players in the National Hockey League, with their career statistics up-to-date through the 19981999 season.Organized by seven "positions" or player roles, this is a ready reference for the millions of hockey fans across North America: 1. The Masked Marvels: the very best modern goaltenders including Patrick Roy, Martin Brodeur and Dominik "The Dominato" Hasek. 2. The Rear Guard: The "stay-at-home" defensive specialists - big, mobile and brutal - who clear the slot in front of the net: Chris Chelios, Scott Stevens, Sylvain Lefebvre and others. 3. The Blue Line Attack: Brian Leetch, Paul Coffey and Rob Blake lead the rush past the blue line. 4. The Power Forwards: Mark Messier, Eric Lindros, Brendan Shanahan and others are all big, powerful, fast and talented. 5. The Playmakers: The quarterbacks of hockey led by Wayne Gretzky, Adam Oates, Doug Gilmour and Steve Yzerman. 6. The Snipers: Jaromir Jagr, John LeClair, Pavel Bure and others may be hockey's most exciting stars - fast and elusive with deadly accurate shots. 7. The Hitmen: Tie Domi, Donald Brashear and Darren McCarty dominate the enforcer team. 8. The Young Guns: These are the up-and-coming superstars of tomorrow including Jeff Friesen and Saku Koivu.Mike Leonetti carefully selected these hockey stars and defends his choices aggressively. He is also the author of "Hockey's Golden Era." Photographer Dan Hamilton is a veteran NHL photographer.
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[Review of earlier edition:] Hockey fans will love these profiles and full colour illustrations of the star players of the National Hockey League. Mike Leonetti is a seasoned author of many books dealing with hockey and the NHL and brings his expert knowledge to this new edition of a favourite hockey title. Another recommended title for hockey fans and trivia buffs.
Rick Boulton
Dan Hamilton's 160 action color photos ... brings this one to life.
The Hockey Talk, March 2000
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Whether it be for class work or for personal enjoyment, Hockey Now! is a great read!
North Bay Nugget - North Bay Public Library staff
This is fascinating reading for hockey fans and faithful followers of the world's fastest game.
Booklist - Helen Rosenberg
[Review of earlier edition:] Action shots and formatted with the brightness and gloss of a magazine, this book will be interesting reading for hockey fans.
Hockey Talk - Rick Boulton
[Review of earlier edition:] Mike Leonetti is one of our favorite hockey writers.
Resource Links - Joanne de Groot
[Review of earlier edition:] This is a fantastic book for teachers and students alike. It is written in an informative and easy-to-read style and is a definite must have for any library or classroom.
Hockey Talk
[Review of earlier edition:] Mike Leonetti is one of our favorite hockey writers.

— Rick Boulton

[Review of earlier edition:] Action shots and formatted with the brightness and gloss of a magazine, this book will be interesting reading for hockey fans.

— Helen Rosenberg

North Bay Nugget
[Review of earlier edition:] Featuring full-color action photographs, fast-paced text and the brightness and gloss of a magazine, this is the who's who of current hockey.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781770851054
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/20/2012
  • Edition description: Seventh Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 454,517
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Mike Leonetti is a sports journalist and the author of dozens of hockey books.

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Table of Contents


1. Masked Marvels!
- Ed Belfour
- Martin Brodeur
- Roman Cechmanek
- Byron Dafoe
- Dominik Hasek
- Curtis Joseph
- Olaf Kolzig
- Chris Osgood
- Patrick Roy
- Roman Turek

2. Rearguards!
- Rob Blake
- Eric Desjardins
- Adam Foote
- Ed Jovanovski
- Chris Pronger
- Scott Stevens

3. Blueline Attack!
- Sergei Gonchar
- Tomas Kaberle
- Brian Leetch
- Nicklas Lidstrom
- Al MacInnis
- Scott Niedermayer
- Wade Redden
- Sergei Zubov

4. Power Forwards!
- Jason Arnott
- Bill Guerin
- Mark Messier
- Keith Primeau
- Brendan Shanahan
- Joe Thornton
- Keith Tkachuk

5. Play makers!
- Jason Allison
- Sergei Fedorov
- Peter Forsberg
- Ron Francis
- Vincent Lecavalier
- Mario Lemieux
- Mike Modano
- Jeremy Roenick
- Mats Sundin
- Pierre Turgeon
- Doug Weight
- Alexei Yashin
- Steve Yzerman

6. Snipers!
- Tony Amonte
- Peter Bondra
- Pavel Bure
- Patrik Elias
- Milan Hedjuk
- Brett Hull
- Jaromir Jagr
- Paul Kariya
- Alexei Kovalev
- Markus Naslund
- Joe Nieuwendyk
- Jeff O'Neill
- Zigmund Palffy
- Mark Recchi
- Luc Robitaille
- Joe Sakic
- Miroslav Satan
- Teemu Selanne

7. Hit Men!
- Derian Hatcher
- Martin Lapointe
- Randy McKay
- Owen Nolan
- Gary Roberts
- Ryan Smyth

8. Young Guns!
- Maxim Afinogenov
- Simon Gagne
- Scott Gomex
- Martin Havlat
- Evgeni Nabokov
- Daniel Sedin
- Brad Stuart
- Alex Tanguay
-Shane Willis

Player List

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The NHL has become younger, faster and more exciting than ever. Young guns now dot every NHL roster as each club tries to keep up with the demands of the game. Make no mistake, some teams have been better at this transition to a more youthful league since the post-lockout rules than others, but the wave of the future is undeniable. The shift to young legs also makes it clear the NHL is in good hands for years to come as the league is filled with some of the most promising emerging stars in all of sport.

For the fifth edition of Hockey Now! we have parted ways with some of the NHL's old guard. A few of them like Mike Modano, Joe Sakic and Brendan Shanahan, may still be playing in the NHL but it is pretty clear that their influence is on the wane with their careers on the verge of ending. In their place are the stars like Alex Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby, Dion Phaneuf, Henrik
Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk — the NHL's new elite. What is even more exciting are fresh faces like Evgeni Malkin, Jonathan Toews, Mike Richards, Ryan Getzlaff, Corey Perry, Jason Spezza, Paul Statsny and Zach Parise, who have risen to prominence.

Many of the stars profiled in this edition represent the best of the new wave of NHLers. In addition to their youth, these players possess an abundance of offensive flair. They can shoot effectively, be very physical when needed and are highly skilled and ready to leap into the attack — many were ready to jump into the league shortly after their draft day! Teams like Montreal, Pittsburgh and Washington all thrived in 2007-08 with a highly skilled style that stressed offense. Other young studs making waves today include players like Patrick Kane, Nicklas Backstrom, Carey Price, Jordan Staal, Anze Kopitar, Jack Johnson and Steve Stamkos, among others. Once these players get a little more experience, it is almost certain they'll be in the pages of the next Hockey Now!.

Every protégé needs a mentor and the youth of the NHL have many veterans in the prime of their career to observe. Players like Vincent Lecavalier, Jarome Iginla, Nicklas Lidstrom, Martin Brodeur and Joe Thornton are all of all-star caliber. Their skill, veteran grit and various paths to prominence make them great leaders. They all took their time and earned the recognition of being players who make significant contributions.

The 2008 Stanley Cup final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings proved to be an interesting contrast between youthful exuberance and veteran savvy. The Penguins ripped through the Eastern Conference in the playoffs and it looked like the surging Pittsburgh club led by Crosby, Malkin and Marc-Andre Fleury was set to win the championship. However the veteran poise of the Red Wings proved to be too much for the less-experienced
Penguins and it was over in six games. Perhaps the real lesson is that all teams need a mix of youth and experience if they are to win hockey's ultimate prize.

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Professional sports have changed so much over the last decade; there are few happy endings anymore. Hockey is no different, as players constantly get shuffled, traded and moved from city to city because of contract problems. Player loyalty or allegiance to any one team seems to be a thing of the past.

But on occasion a particular athlete can rise above it all and still earn a following that seems bigger than the uniform he is currently wearing. Such is the case with Raymond Bourque. In the 2001 National Hockey League playoffs, everything came together for the superstar defenseman, and Bourque was able to end his career with a Stanley Cup victory -- a rarity in the modern era of the game.

Bourque began his NHL career with Boston in 1979. He remained with the Bruins, setting club records for most games played, most assists and most points, until March 2000, when he requested a trade to a contending team. A deal to the Colorado Avalanche gave his career new life and Bourque a chance at a championship. It took until the 2001 playoffs to achieve, but the perennial all-star and Norris Trophy winner finally got his name on the most elusive prize of all -- the Stanley Cup.

Bourque's play in the post-season was an inspiration to all his teammates, especially in hard times, such as losing Peter Forsberg to injury and then being down 3-2 in games to the New Jersey Devils in the Finals. He battled physically like he never had before in his career.

In salute to their teammate, the Avalanche, through their captain Joe Sakic, let Bourque be the first player to raise the Cup over his head when it was presented to the team after the seventh and deciding game of the Finals. The smile of satisfaction on Bourque's face seemed to say it all-he had waited 22 years for this moment. The crowd's reaction that night was one of rapture: everybody loved Raymond! What a great way to end a Hall of Fame career.

If Bourque's triumph was the great story of the playoffs, the highlight of the 2000-01 regular season was the return of the great Mario Lemieux to the NHL. Having Lemieux come back to the game after three-and-a-half years on the sidelines (and now as part owner of the Pittsburgh Penguins) gave the NHL a much-needed boost during a sometimes dreary 82-game schedule. While there were some good races for playoff spots and some great individual performances, nothing created a stir like Lemieux did with his immense talents on a nightly basis after his return to the NHL on December 27, 2000. In spite of his long layoff, Lemieux was still every bit as great as he had been the day he retired (and don't forget he was now a member of the Hall of Fame!).

If the NHL regular season lacks suspense, it may be because most teams spend the campaign just getting ready for the post-season. The contenders -- and they are not in large numbers -- try to position themselves to add the right player(s) at just the right moment (usually near the trade deadline, but not always). Teams with the financial resources (Colorado, Detroit, Dallas, Philadelphia, St. Louis and Toronto) look to add the key ingredients that will take them all the way to the Stanley Cup. But there are too many teams (Edmonton and Phoenix, to name two) that are always trading their better players for prospects, and too few model organizations like the New Jersey Devils. Such is the state of the NHL in the new millennium -- the haves and the have-nots.

The summer of 2001 has provided a reminder that money talks. Big name free agents have bolted from their old teams for more money, and players who could not be signed were dealt away. It always seems to be the same teams that are spending (see above), and now Washington (acquiring Jaromir Jagr) and Boston (signing free agent Martin Lapointe to a lucrative deal) have joined the group of money spenders. The teams that lost free agents or had to deal players because of their large contracts will put on a brave face and say they had no choice but to take on new prospects and hope for the best. But what happens when these young players become stars themselves? Won't they have to be traded? Or will professional hockey -- the league and the players-solve this problem? The day of tremendous upheaval is not here yet but it may not be far off.

For all the problems hockey has off the ice, it is still a great game on the ice. The 2000-01 season saw a brand of hockey that was improving, albeit very slowly. Players known for scoring goals were starting to put up some good statistics and the number of 30- and 40-goal scorers was on the increase. Fresh faces like Patrik Elias and Alexei Kovalev joined the top 10 in scoring, while old favorites like Jagr and Sakic still held their place in the game as elite stars. But there is no doubt that defense still wins; goaltending, with the likes of Patrick Roy (now the all-time games-won leader among goalies), Martin Brodeur, Dominik Hasek, Curtis Joseph and newcomer Roman Cechmanek, still dominates the game on many nights.

In this second edition of Hockey Now! we have added many new faces to our list of 70 top NHL players and have deleted some others. We kept many of the past stars (like Mark Messier and Joe Nieuwendyk) in the book but their time may be drawing to a close. We have updated all the stories on each player who appeared in the first edition and expect five great players -- Eric Lindros, Michael Peca, John LeClair, Adam Deadmarsh and Theo Fleury -- who were dropped for now because of injury or inactivity to return for our next edition. We have made every effort to include as many of the off-season changes as possible but NHL rosters are rarely set prior to October 1 anymore and we have to get this book ready well before that date!

As in our first edition of Hockey Now! we have divided the players into the following categories:

Masked Marvels
the top goalies in the NHL;
defensemen on the ice in all key situations;
Blueline Attack
defenders who can lead the offense;
Power Forwards
players who are willing to use their size and strength to get the puck;
those players with the softest hands in hockey;
the top goal scores in the league;
players who can change the course of a gem with a devastating hit; and
Young Guns
players new to the NHL with star potential.

Had we enough space, we would have liked to add a list of players who deserve more than an honorable mention and who may make the next edition of the book: Arturs Irbe, Roberto Loungo, Mike Dunham, Tommy Salo, Sean Burke, Derek Morris, Eric Brewer, Dan McGillis, Janne Niinimaa, Oleg Tverdovsky, Bryan McCabe, Jerome Iginla, Petr Sykora, Fred Modin, John Madden, Jere Lehtinen, Todd Bertuzzi, Jeff Friesen, Anson Carter, Sergei Samsonov, Bobby Holik, Steve Sullivan, Chris Drury, Brad Isbister, Alex Mogilny, Patrick Marleau, Scott Young and Adam Oates. New young guns are sure to include top 2001 draft choices Ilya Kovalchuk and Jason Spezza.

Much like a winning team, we have tried to find the right blend of youth and experience in selecting players to profile. While you may not agree with all our choices, we certainly hope we have given you an exciting look, both in terms of text and photos, at the world's fastest game. The author and photographer would like to thank all the readers who made the first edition a great success, and we sincerely hope you enjoy the second edition of Hockey Now!.

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