From Library Journal
YA-What began as a Canadian pastime in the mid-1800s has evolved into a big-money power sport. Brunt describes the expansion of ice hockey from the northern parts of Canada and the United States to cities that do not even have measurable snowfalls. Throughout the last two decades, the game has found its way into cities like Phoenix, Dallas, and Nashville. Florida has two hockey teams, as does California. However, every glowing story of the sport's expansion has an uglier side. The behind-the-scenes negotiations between players, agents, and general managers can keep players on the bench for most of the season. Readers are led from day one at the draft to the Stanley Cup finals. There is enough in this oversized book, with pictures in color and black and white, to enthrall fans, whether from Florida or Ottawa, throughout the year.Susan H. Woodcock, Kings Park Library, Burke, VA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From the Inside Flap
In October 1998 an extraordinary documentary series dominated Canada?s TV screens. Six ground-breaking one-hour documentaries took viewers inside the world of NHL hockey. Only the full co-operation of the NHL, the NHLPA, the owners, general managers, coaches, agents, and players throughout the league made this possible, taking the viewers ? and now the readers ? into many private meetings normally out of bounds to cameras and writers.
The six episodes deal with 1) The Dance: deal-making, drafting at the summer draft pick, horse-trading between agents and managers; 2) The Show: the business of marketing hockey; 3) Showdown at Nagano; 4) The Canadian Game: by following Canadian teams we discover what hockey means to the country; 5) The Grind: the life of the players, at home and on the road; 6) Agony and Glory: the race for the Stanley Cup, and the completion of a full seasonal cycle.