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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Triumph Books (October 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600788157
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600788154
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #677,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"A must-read for any fan that's seen the NHL reshaped during Bettman's reign" and a "treasure trove of anecdotes."  —Puck Daddy


"An excellent biography."  —Globe and Mail


"I enjoyed the hell out of this book. It was absolute quality."  —Mile High Hockey, the Colorado Avalanche blog on SB Nation

About the Author

Jonathon Gatehouse is a senior correspondent for Maclean’s weekly magazine and was formerly a reporter for the National Post and Montreal’s Gazette. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Customer Reviews

It is VERY poorly organized.
NYC Reader
Love him or hate him, by the end of the book you will have a better understanding of who Gary Bettman really is.
Faulckey
Gatehouses' book is a quick, must read for all hockey fans.
TR

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By NYC Reader on December 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Let me start by saying there is a lot of information in this book. It is VERY poorly organized. I was expecting this book to be about how Gary Bettman remade the NHL. Instead it seemed like a collection of short stories about things that happened in the league (that mostly had nothing to do with Bettman). Expectedly, most of them are pats on the back. The rest are stories about how he pitted sponsors against each other, handled the lockouts, and pretty much blackmailed cities by moving franchises.

If you are a huge hockey fan and follow the business side of it, it's worth a skim. Otherwise, skip it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scott on January 5, 2013
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The Instigator is a rare chance to take a behind the scenes look at Gary Bettman, the man who has run the game for over two decades. The issue with this book is, it seems as if the entire book is based solely off one brief interview the author had with the Commissioner. Bettman is indeed a complicated man, one who always has to have a certain face on in public, but one who must be tough and strict once the cameras are off. Yet there is still the side of him that just loves the sport he runs.

However, this book fails to really capture Bettman. Instead, there are sporadic quotes from the Commissioner and little insight into Bettman himself. The meat of the book is simply a statement of facts and situations that the NHL has found itself in during Bettman's tenure. Most of it you can find on the Internet or in other books. I give the author a lot of credit for a well-researched book, but by the middle of the book, I was skimming and skipping many sections filled with generic information that I already knew.

For a casual hockey fan that does not know a lot about the game, I recommend this book, but if you're a diehard familiar with the nuances of the game, I'd take a pass.

NOTE: I give the author a great deal of credit for uncovering little tidbits about Bettman such as the fact that he wrote his Masters Thesis on the branches of power within a Mafia organization. Draw your own conclusion!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cameron on November 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This was a pretty informative account of Gary Bettman and his tenure of the league. If you're into hockey and whatnot this should do the trick -- once again very informative -- unlike this review.
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By jason on October 28, 2013
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I really enjoyed this book. I thought it gave good insight to where Bettman came from and what he's trying to do in the NHL today.
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I used my review of Bettman's history as NHL Commissioner for my Leadership Theories class. I found Jonathon Gatehouse's bio to be fair and informative. Great read if you love the game of hockey and want to learn a bit more about the business of hockey.
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By Faulckey on February 4, 2013
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If you enjoy the business side of hockey, this is a must read. Love him or hate him, by the end of the book you will have a better understanding of who Gary Bettman really is.
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