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Simply the Best: Insights and Strategies from Great Hockey Coaches Paperback – November 1, 2004

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Mike Johnston is a past coach of Canada’s National Men’s Team, assistant coach of the 1988 Winter Olympics team and, for the past five seasons, assistant coach of the Vancouver Canucks. He is highly respected for his work with younger players and as a special team strategist. Ryan Walter was the youngest-ever captain in the NHL; a highlight of his 15-year career was winning the Stanley Cup with the Montreal Canadiens in 1986. He played his 1000th game as a member of the Vancouver Canucks and is now a respected broadcaster, motivational speaker and hockey educator.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Heritage House Publishing (November 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1894384814
  • ISBN-13: 978-1894384810
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,043,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Coach on April 9, 2006
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This book is a must read for the dedicated hockey coach. The 12 coaches interviewed (pro, semi-pro and college) offer their philosophies on "leading" people. The other reviewer is correct. This is not a guide to developing strategy. Rather, a very effective way to explore how you evaluate and develop players, how you create team, how you develop yourself as a coach with a vision, and how you implement the vision. This book is an honest examination by the most successful coaches of their successes, failures, the challenges of being a coach, leading players, and balancing work and life. If you approach coaching hockey as a "calling," to help improve young men and women, you will read and re-read this book constantly.
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This is a great book and a must for any hockey coach. Where else can you get the mind set of so many great coaches? The George Kingston section alone is priceless and I didnt even know who he was! This isnt a book on X's and O's. Its a book on motivation and leadership. Something that carries over into the "real" world....or at least anything outside of hockey.

I use the info in this book everyday

Highlights are George Kingston, Clare Drake, and Pat Quinn. Spend the $15-$20. Trust me
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By Eric R. Rink on March 6, 2006
Good book. It's basically an interview process with all the coaches listed where they write the question asked followed by the response from the coach, with most of the questions being the same. There is little strategy discussed in the book which was the only disapointment I had. Other then that, it's fantastic for anyone in the coaching bussiness or in managenement. Some of the coaches don't go into great detail on things or give short answers, but I'd recommend it for an hockey lover.
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