Dropping the Gloves candidly tracks Barry Melrose's career in hockey - a road that has not changed substantially for today's aspiring players. Not many have Melrose's credentials or his breadth of experience in professional hockey. He's played and coached in Junior Hockey, the American Hockey League, and the NHL. As he says, he's been hired and fired, and had his share of disappointments and failures. He's also had successes at every level. Now an ESPN broadcaster and one of the most respected NHL analysts on television. With his trademark hair, custom suits and energetic style, Melrose is applauded for offering fans his honest - tell it like it is opinion.
Written in Barry's voice and style, the narrative follows his career in hockey, from its start in Kelvington, Saskatchewan, through his years in Junior, the WHA, and finally, the NHL. Along the way, Barry muses on the state of the game, what makes some teams work and other fail, and how he worked to instill a winning attitude in all the teams he coached.
Filled with behind-the-scene stories of all the legendary players Barry played with or coached - Gretzky, Yzerman, Messier, Bobby Hull, and Brad Park - Dropping the Gloves is a true to life, insiders account of the world of professional hockey and an absolute must read for fans of the game.
|Publisher:||McClelland & Stewart Ltd.|
|Product dimensions:||6.38(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.95(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 NHL coach he took the Los Angeles Kings and Wayne Gretzky to the Stanley Cup finals. For the past fifteen years, Melrose has been commentator and hockey analyst for ESPN TV.
ROGRER 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) for ESPN. Vaughan currently lives on Maryland's Eastern Shore with his wife, Kippy.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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
Drop the gloves bro!!