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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 456 pages
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press/Regional (October 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0472097814
  • ISBN-13: 978-0472097814
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,131,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

John U. Bacon has worked the better part of two decades as a writer, a public speaker, and a college instructor, winning awards for all three.

He is the author or coauthor of six books on sports and business, including "Bo's Lasting Lessons: The Legendary Coach Teaches the Timeless Fundamentals of Leadership" (2007), which became a New York Times and Wall Street Journal business bestseller, and "Three and Out: Rich Rodriguez and the Michigan Wolverines in the Crucible of College Football" (2011), which debuted at #6 on the New York Times Bestseller list.

He co-hosts two weekly radio shows on WTKA.com (1050 AM, Ann Arbor-Detroit), and provides weekly sports commentary for Michigan Radio (Ann Arbor, Flint and Grand Rapids), and frequently contributes to documentaries on HBO, ESPN and the Big Ten Network.

Bacon has been sought out to give speeches for financial companies such as Merrill Lynch and Ameriprise, auto manufacturers like Chrysler and Subaru, and international corporations like Microsoft Brazil and Copersucar, from Taipei to Toledo, and Seattle to Sao Palo. In 2011 the Michigan chapter of Meeting Planners International (MPI) named him Speaker of the Year. He also teaches at Northwesterns' Medill School of Journalism, and the University of Michigan, where he won the Golden Apple Award in 2009. in 2006, he was inducted into the Ann Arbor Huron High School Hall of Fame for helping to lead the hockey team from the worst in school history to the best in three seasons.

Bacon is a decent hockey player, a mediocre Spanish speaker and a poor piano player, but that has not prevented him from enjoying all three.

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It is a very easy read and always keeps you entertained.
Alex Roberts
This book delves into the tradition and character of Michigan and it's hockey program.
AABadger
The "Blue Ice" history book about Michigan Hockey is easy to read and enjoyable.
G. K. Anderson

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Marc on August 27, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is a fantastic book for several reasons. There is certainly enough information about the history of the program to make the book worthwhile in and of itself. But what makes the book special is the way that the history of the program is put into historical context. For example, the book discusses how great people in the University's history were responsible for keeping a program alive when most other's couldn't - during the Depression and WWII, for instance. The book is also very careful to discuss how important people in the program's history have made contributions outside of hockey, not only to the University but to the world. And there is a lot of great information that would be of interest to any college hockey fan, such as how the NCAA tournament was started by a few hotel operators in Colorado who had the foresight, along with some UM people, to put a real national tournament together. I started to read this book to learn more about the history of a sport that I love and a University that means a great deal to me, but got a lot more than I bargained for.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alex Roberts on July 8, 2004
Format: Paperback
This is a very informative and insightful look into the rich tradition of Michigan Hockey. The writing is tremendous with great personal interviews with former players and coaches and other people well connected to the program. I loved the off-the-ice stories the most. It is not abook about statistics and generic history. Bacon digs deep into the people involved in the program and relays their stories in a way that makes you feel like you are part of it. You get right inside the locker room, classroom and team parties as well. It is a very easy read and always keeps you entertained.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marek Dvorak on May 12, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Sure the Michigan Hockey squad has sent numerous players to the NHL, but this book is far from a celebration of their careers. World-reknowned architects, families, and even a few hockey players play a role in what has become one of the most storied programs in hockey. A very interesting read, whether you enjoy sports or not.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AABadger on August 9, 2004
Format: Paperback
An easy read, that's about much more then just the game of hockey. This book delves into the tradition and character of Michigan and it's hockey program. Blue Ice is a must read for anyone interested in Michigan athletics, is familiar with the Ann Arbor hockey community, or just loves the game of hockey.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RK on July 9, 2004
Format: Paperback
The idea is simple. Write an engaging story recounting the coming of age of a first class collegiate hockey program and spice it with behind the scene details, locker room interviews and humorous anecdotes. The execution is outstanding. Blue Ice takes the reader on a very enjoyable trip looking at the beginnings of college hockey at the University of Michigan, from playing outdoors on the frozen Huron River, to the recent trips that Wolverine skaters have made to the Frozen Four championships. The bonus for readers is getting a sports version of "Connections," with the athletic stories enveloped and intertwined in the history of the time, showing how seemingly unrelated events can influence each other. Easy and entertaining to read, delightful to give as a gift, when it was over, we wanted a sequel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Zeev Bareket on July 9, 2004
Format: Paperback
A must-read for hockey lovers! Whether you like Michigan Hockey or any other team, this book is for you. Bacon makes this history story of the Wolverine skaters extremely fun and joyous reading. If you are a Michigan fan, you'd enjoy reading all the details and stories; if you (so wrongly) chose another team to cheer -- you'll become curious as to its own history.
I especially loved the parts of the book (which I consider as "Hockey chanting for Idiots") detailing the rich content and background behind some of what you hear in Yost Ice arena. After reading it, watching the games was so much more fun!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David H. Stringer on May 24, 2004
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Blue Ice is a compelling read because Bacon captures the human side of the story of Michigan hockey. In a time when athletes are too often celebrities, it's refreshing to see Michigan hockey players emerge as real human beings - usually from small towns, and usually with the humility and work ethic that creates success on the ice and off. Bacon captures the excitement of the big games, but he also captures all the behind-the-scenes stuff that real fans crave.
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