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The New Ice Age: A Year in the Life of the NHL Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: McClelland & Stewart; First Edition edition (April 17, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0771017111
  • ISBN-13: 978-0771017117
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,418,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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By StrippedAGear on March 9, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I didn't get much out of the book. If you want good reading on a year's worth of NHL activities, check out Roy McGregor's 'Road Games,' or Gzowski's 'Game of our Lives.' I wasn't very satisfied with this purchase.
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By A Customer on June 26, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Great book for those curious about what happens in the NHL. Enjoyable, but drags at times. Just read through it, because it's worth every word in gold.
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By A Customer on June 23, 2000
Format: Hardcover
If you are an avid hockey fan, you will probably find this of interest. If you're just an average fan who only cares about on ice action, it may not be all that enjoyable. The book is based on a CBC-TV series and the producers were given behind the scenes access into events not normally open to the media during the 1997-1998 season. This leads to some interesting stories that give insight into the economics of the game and the personalities of the people who run it. However, stories not based on "behind the scene" activities were glossed over and in a couple of places left incomplete. Now that the 1999-2000 season is over, the book seems somewhat dated. I wish I had read this book when it first came out and the events discussed were fresher in my memory. And one final comment, the book is printed on high quality paper that is usually seen in photography books; however the photos in this book look just a little bit better than what you get when you take a photo of your TV. My guess is while there was a lot of videotaping of the behind the scenes events, there was no still photography done and all the photos are taken directly from the video for the TV series.
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