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Author Ross Bernstein spent two years researching and conducting extensive interviews with a broad spectrum of players, and he was able to get them to talk freely about their most intimate feelings about fighting and retaliation. What he learned and shares in this book is truly fascinating. While some players relished opportunities to drop the gloves and others simply dreaded it, they all had one thing in common: they did it when they had to in order to protect themselves as well as their teammates. The Code features extensive quotes that detail everything from the legal and cultural issues between the North American players and their foreign counterparts to how the players are able to turn it off when they leave the arena and go home to their kids. Most importantly, this book reveals what really goes on between the players while the fights are on.
Hockeys rules of engagement can be summarized in three categories: protection, intimidation, and retaliation. If one player challenges another player, that second player must answer the call and "show up" or else face the humiliation of being considered dirty, or even a coward. Worse yet, if that player refuses to right what was wronged and defend his actions, he risks having that incident escalate to a higher level, involving additional teammates. That is when the enforcers come off the bench to keep the peace, and that is also usually when the crowd goes wild. By the time two heavyweights drop the gloves, there may have been up to a dozen events between several different players that led up to that fight. That is all a part of the intricate matrix that makes up the Code. And this book will help to demystify that matrix for you.
The Code is completely up to date with the new league-wide rules changes, which were implemented following the NHL lockout of 2005, when the rules of engagement completely changed. This first-of-its-kind project provides an incredible window into an extremely controversial subject matter that always evokes passion. Its a must-read for all puckheads!
Ross Bernstein is the bestselling author of 40 sports books and has appeared on numerous local and national television and radio programs. His work has been featured on CNN, ESPN, the Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. As a sought-after motivational speaker, he speaks to corporations and groups across the country about the inspirational legacy of the late Herb Brooks, Hall of Fame coach of the fabled 1980 gold-medal-winning U.S. Olympic "Miracle on Ice" hockey team. He lives in Eagan, Minnesota. Marty McSorley is a former National Hockey League player. He is famous for swinging his stick and hitting another player in a game, which resulted in his suspension for the remainder of his hockey career. Tony Twist is a former National Hockey League player who was known as an enforcer.
Anyone who has watched a professional sport for a length of time begins to understand the rules – and if they continue, they begin to see that there are another set of unwritten... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Andrew Kuligowski
Fantastic book that has helped me understand the game better. Fantastic read with very funny stories. My only problem is the author hasn't written a part II.Published 3 months ago by C. W. Garrison
Loved this book. Most fans have no idea of the "why" behind the fighting. It is not an out-of-control game as most would have you believe. Great read,Published 5 months ago by James A. Giordano
I grew up when fighting was a bit more prevalent and straight out enjoyed seeing things through the so called "goons" eyes. A good read!Published 5 months ago by John Seman
This would be a good SI cover story spanning 15 pages. No enough meat to fill a book of this length. That said, enlightening as to the topic.Published 9 months ago by Ed
There were a number of negative reviews of this book. Regardless of what one might think of the content, style or choice of interview subjects, any real hockey fan should read this... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Alan L. Greenberg
A fair read but numerous technical errors. I've read better for less. I would've enjoyed insight from more specialists like Dave Brown and Kevin McClelland but in fairness to the... Read morePublished 20 months ago by John M OLeary
This book was a solid collection of insider stories by the enforcers of the NHL. But it sort of repeats the same point over and over and relies too heavily on Marty McSorley (who... Read morePublished on September 6, 2012 by D. Solomon
To put it simply this reads like a hockey bible. These are basically the commandments of hockey. I loved reading it and reading the stories of the enforcers of the 80s-90s was... Read morePublished on April 18, 2012 by Jeffrey Haak