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Take Your Eye Off the Puck: How to Watch Hockey By Knowing Where to Look Paperback – November 1, 2015
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And I knew nothing about the game. I started this adventure without even knowing how many players played at one time, how the games and periods were structured, anything. I fortunately sat next to a few really nice guys who helped explain the roles, penalties, and rules but there was a lot left I still didn't get. So I went searching for a book and found this one. Greg Wyshynski was hilarious, insightful, and did exactly what he said: he gave me a better understanding of the game and how to watch it. I'm far from an expert, I will absolutely read this again when the 18-19 season starts up & it will probably make even more sense then, but for now, so many things I had seen were suddenly put into perspective. I understand the plays that were made, the decisions made, and even background information on how teams are formed, the drafts, the rules, recent changes to the system and player safety, and even some tidbits of how it used to be played. There's a wealth of knowledge here that he delivered in a very fun, relatable way even for baby beginners like me. Highly recommended & definitely loaning this out to the friends and family I'm going to drag into this sport with me.
Also, like so many hockey people, he needs to take a course in statistics. He, like many, don't understand how statistics are to be used if you want actual accuracy. See page 67. He claims wrist shots are far more effective than slap shots because a lot more wrist shots end up in the net than slap shots. If anyone else reading this thinks this makes sense, read up on statistics so you can actually understand. Quick simple lesson: if there were twice as many wrist shot goals than slap shot goals, but three times as many wrist shot attempts, then slap shots are more effective. But the attempt ratio isn't even mentioned. Go back to school Wyshynski! And get a name people can spell! LOL.
And you might not believe it, but it's true: he has a whole chapter about defense, including offensive puck moving defencemen, with ZERO mention of you know who...Bobby Orr, who of course invented it.
Anyway, he just rambles on about whatever pops into his head. The book doesn't hold together. It's a mess.