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

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


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ISBN-13: 9780771056963
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
Publication date: 10/29/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 826,314
Product dimensions: 6.34(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.72(d)

About 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.

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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Dropping the Gloves: Inside the Fiercely Combative World of Professional Hockey 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Drop the gloves bro!!