Random Hockey Book of the Week – Wk10

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Week 10: The Code: The Unwritten Rules of Fighting and Retaliation in the NHL
After many weeks in the dark, this feature is back! The Random Hockey Book of the “Week” returns in all it’s splendor with a book that will make Brendan Shanahan rollover in his plush office chair in the League offices. Read all about fighting and the other dark arts in the NHL before they are banned.

Enjoy…

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The Code: The Unwritten Rules of Fighting and Retaliation in the NHL

“Ice hockey has always been a sport steeped in a culture of violence, and players universally calibrate the level of physical contact by adhering to unwritten rules known simply as “the code”. “The Code” picks up where the rule book leaves off and fills in the gaps, all in an effort to govern the game and its players – allowing them to complete in a manner deemed fair and respectable. To fully understand the significance and history behind “the code”, Bernstein interviewed more than 50 past and present players and coaches. Their insights and stories explain why fighting is allowed, and how players police themselves on and off the ice.”

— Amazon

Random Hockey Book of the Week – Wk9

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Week 9: The Official Illustrated NHL History: The Official Story of the Coolest Game on Earth
Merry Christmas, everyone. Tomorrow is “officially” Christmas, so today I officially give you the official Tom Fulery Random Hockey Book of the Week (officially one day late)… This is the OFFICIAL Illustrated history of the NHL in book form. It was published in 2010, so it’s still pretty up to date. Have a look (and a read)… I officially endorse this product.

Enjoy…

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Hockey ABC (My First NHL Book)

“On a chilly day in 1917, the National Hockey League was formed, and in the years since, it has been a mainstay of American sports. This illustrated reference delves deep into the history of the league to bring out essential information on all the top players, teams, and events. Visually exciting and information-packed, it’s the work of an insider who not only looks at today’s superstars, but offers a rare glimpse into legends of old-including a trip back to a game during World War II and the Soviet Union’s powerhouse “Big Red Machine” teams.”

— Amazon

Random Hockey Book of the Week – Wk8

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Week 8: Hockey ABC (My First NHL Book)
Only a few shopping days left until Christmas, so this week we’re going back to the well and offering up a kids book. This isn’t just any ol’ kids book, but one of Christopher Jordan’s “My First NHL Book” series of books. Like all the books in the series, this is a board book, so it’s nice and thick and sturdy to stand up to your lil’ enforcer’s punishment. Hockey ABC is, as you might have guessed about the alphabet… other books in the series focus on shapes, numbers, animals, colors and more. Whenever Mrs. Fulery and I start adding lil’ fools to the world, these will definitely be on our list.

Enjoy…

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Hockey ABC (My First NHL Book)

“What better way to introduce your child to the action-packed world of hockey than through a new series of books aimed at the youngest of hockey fans? Published with the NHL® and the NHLPA, this great series introduces essential early concepts through the fun and entertaining world of hockey. Count players, sticks, and Stanley Cups; explore the colours of the rainbow through team logos and sweaters; look for familiar shapes amongst pucks, scoreboards and nets, and work your way through an alphabet that includes everything, from Arenas to Zambonis®!a”

— Amazon

Random Hockey Book of the Week – Wk7

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Week 7: Defining Moments: 100 Inspirational Moments about 100 Great Players
With all the craziness going on in my life away from this blog, things are a little behind. In related news, Mrs. Fulery has now graduated nursing school… so if you know anyone in need of an amazing RN, let me know. :)

Back to business… Friday’s normal feature is showing up today (Sunday). Since I’m late with the post, I’ve decided to go with a book that nullifies my lateness… a book that hasn’t been released yet. 100 Defining Moments promises to be a quite the book, so preorder today!

Enjoy…

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Defining Moments: 100 Inspirational Moments about 100 Great Players

“100 Defining Moments is a book that celebrates the great game of hockey. 100 players are profiled highlighting a great career moment that defined, started or just plain rejuvendated a career. You’ll also get the story behind each amazing player. Packed full of Hall of Famers and other great stars of the past, plus profiles of current players making this book completely up to date. 100 Defining Moments will lift the spirits of all those who play or follow the game with anecdotes of sacrifice, dedication, leadership, perseverance and ultimately triumph.

Most of all, it pays tribute to achievement and an appreciation for the superb character shown by those who play the world’s fastest game.”

— Amazon

Random Hockey Book of the Week – Wk6

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Week 6: Hockey: Z is for Zamboni: A Hockey Alphabet
With the holidays coming up, this week’s random hockey book is aimed at a younger audience… a little younger even than the Edmonton Oilers lineup. Everything your future Stu Grimson could need is in this guy. Happy holidays!

Enjoy…

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Z is for Zamboni: A Hockey Alphabet

“‘Z is for Zamboni’ is an alphabet book for hockey fans young and old across America. Matt Napier’s “breakaway” rhymes and “hard-checking” expository text team up with the “top-shelf” illustrations of Melanie Rose to elucidate this increasingly popular game for every beginning hockey aficionado. Highlighting rules, players, coaches, teams, and the history of the game, it is both fun and educational.”

— Amazon

Random Hockey Book of the Week – Wk5

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Week 5: Hockey: A People’s History
This week’s random interesting-looking hockey book is a companion to the CBC series of the same name that aired a few years back. The DVD set (which I own and worship), is an amazing look into the how the unparalleled importance of hockey in the lives of most Canadians came to be. Hockey fans from around the world will be moved by the stories in the show and the book.

Enjoy…

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Hockey: A People’s History

Hockey: A People’s History, like the ten-part CBC series it accompanies, tells the story of this breathtakingly fast game from its hotly contested origins, and the surge in its popularity after 1875, when it was first taken inside, through the rise and fall and rise again of women’s hockey, the sagas of long-lost leagues, such as the Pacific Coast Hockey League and, more recently, the World Hockey Association, to the present day and the first-ever lockout of players by the one remaining league. In that time, while play has changed only slightly (every generation of Canadians has complained about the growing violence of the game) hockey itself has been transformed from a rough and ready winter sport to a business worth many billions of dollars, played by millionaires.

But Hockey: A People’s History is not a business story, rather, it is the story of the men and woman who helped make the game what it is today.”

Random Hockey Book of the Week – Wk4

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Week 4: Original Six: True Stories from Hockey’s Classic Era
Along with sticking to our theme lately, this week’s random interesting-looking hockey book is another one I’ve actually read. Original Six contains six stories (one for each of the O6 teams, duh) from back in the day. It’s amazing to see where the game we love today grew from. Highly recommended.

Enjoy…

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Original Six: True Stories from Hockey’s Classic Era

“Paul Quarrington has complied six stories (he penned the Bruins piece) centered on the Original Six era of the National Hockey League. These six stories take the reader back to the days when fans trully identified with their team. Two gems standout in this collection. The first is the Red Wings piece whose author recalls the days and nights spent with her grand father listening to Wings-Maple Leafs games. Each rooting for their own team. This is a wonderful piece on how these two people related to each other and the sport they so dearly loved.”

— Unnamed Amazon User

Random Hockey Book of the Week – Wk3

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Week 3: Gretzky: An Autobiography
This week’s random interesting-looking hockey book goes right to the top. The Great One’s Autobiography may be old enough to drink (has it been 21 years since this came out?!), but it’s a good read.

Enjoy…

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Gretzky: An Autobiography

“Who knew that Mr. Lady Bing was so opinionated? In that respect, this book was a pleasant surprise, because anyone can give the standard PR/PC spiel. I thought I was getting the usual sports bio, “We went into game 5 tired and spent, yada yada yada…” While Wayne does include things like that, he does provide insight on what it feels like to be a highly recognizable person. Most celebrities are too egotistical to admit to feelings of lonliness at the top, yet Wayne admits these feelings, and also enjoys his moments.”

— Amazon User, CarrieB

Random Hockey Book of the Week – Wk2

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Week 2: The Great Expansion: The Ultimate Risk that Changed the NHL Forever
Here’s the second entry to our new feature… picking a random interesting-looking hockey book every Friday. Some of them will be ones I’ve read, but most will be ones I hope to read someday, whenever the time-demons decide to give me some of my life back.

Enjoy…

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The Great Expansion: The Ultimate Risk that Changed the NHL Forever

It was March 1965 when Clarence Campbell, president of the National Hockey League, emerged from a long board meeting and announced that the NHL would double in size beginning with the 1967-68 season. Fans loyal to the “Original Six” were furious. Owners were irate. In The Great Expansion: The Ultimate Risk that Changed the NHL Forever, hockey expert Alan Bass profiles the power brokers and provides an in-depth study of the decision and its revolutionary impact on the game.

Random Hockey Book of the Week – Wk1

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Week 1: Sports Illustrated The Hockey Book
Trying out a new feature (and busting out some seriously mediocre Photoshopping)… picking a random interesting-looking hockey book every Friday. Some of them will be ones I’ve read, but most will be ones I hope to read someday, whenever the time-demons decide to give me some of my life back.

Enjoy the first book, folks…

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Sports Illustrated The Hockey Book

From its earliest days on frozen ponds, hockey has been a sport of speed and elegance, but also one demanding courage and physical will. The Hockey Book goes deep into the heart of the game, celebrating with astounding photographs and insightful words the great players and the inspiring teams, as well as an ethos-robust and selfless-that defines the sport as much in its dynamic present as it did in hockey’s hardscrabble (and helmetless) past.