Hockey For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Mar 21, 2011 - Sports & Recreation - 384 pages
7 Reviews
"Gives die-hard fans and newcomers to the sport the inside edge!"
Scotty Bowman, NHL's winningest coach and  former coach of the Detroit Red Wings

"Nothing gets by John Davidson. If the first edition didn’t already make you a fan, then this edition will!"
Mark Messier, NHL All-Star

"My dog, Blue, and I ran out to get Hockey For Dummies, 2nd Edition. We give it two paws up!"
Don Cherry, former NHL coach and “Coaches Corner” commentator for Hockey Night in Canada

"...a must read for all hockey fans!"
John Vanbiesbrouck, former goaltender, New York Islanders

"...the most comprehensive, easily understood source of hockey history and instruction I've ever come across. Not only was 'JD' a superb player in the NHL, he is also an extremely skilled commentator sharing his knowledge of the game with fans all over North America. From hat tricks to power plays, Hockey For Dummies provides the reader with the wisdom of an expert. —From the Foreword by Wayne Gretzky

This updated edition of the bestselling guide to all things hockey is packed with illustrations and play-by-play descriptions, diagrams, and photos of the NHL’s greatest players. It tells you how to:

  • Gear up safely with the right equipment
  • Improve your skills with drills
  • Warm up mentally—and physically—before hitting the ice
  • Respect rules and good sportsmanship
  • Find US and Canadian leagues and camps

Former New York Ranger, John Davidson offers you plays only the pros know and tips for playing hockey at any level. And he fills you in on:

  • Hockey ABCs, its origins, positions, gear, rules, and more
  • The complete NHL—explores the various leagues, greatest players, training, and tons of fascinating facts, figures, and priceless trivia
  • The best ways to follow the game from the stands or on TV
  • How the pros do it—includes tips from Gretzky on passing, Messier on winning face-offs, and other star players on how to play like a pro

From youth leagues to the secrets of the NHL greats, Hockey For Dummies, is your total guide to this cool sport.


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Why You Need This Book
How This Book Is Organized
The Part of Tens
Part I
Chapter 1
The rise of professional hockey
The Positions
Eric Lindros on Shooting off the Pass
Brett Hull on Getting Free in Front of the Net
Ron Hextall on Handling the Puck as a Goalie
Mike Gartner on Power Skating
Mike Richter on Concentration and Focus
Adam Graves on Getting Open in Front
Theo Fleury on Scoring without Size
Rob Blake on Playing the Body

Chapter 2
What They Wore and Didnt Wear in Years Past
Deciding What Equipment Is Best for You and Your Kids
Getting the right skates
Choosing a stick
Where to Buy What You and Your Kids Want
Chapter 3
Goalie substitutions
Types of Penalties
How You Get a Penalty
Checking from behind
Their Roles and Responsibilities
Chapter 4
Where the NHL Is Today
How the NHL Has Changed over the Years
The Conferences and Their Divisions
The Playoff Format
The Players
Player strength
Chapter 5
Finding the minor league teams
Similarities and differences between minor leagues and the NHL
The College Game
How does Joe College play the game?
International Hockey
Hockey and the Olympics
Part II
Chapter 6
Popularity wanes then rebounds
How Womens Hockey Is Different from Mens
The top players
Chapter 7
A Typical NHL OffSeason Conditioning Regimen
What You Can Do to Get in Hockey Shape
Aerobic Fitness
Circuit 1
Circuit 2
Upperbody variations
Lower body
Lowerbody variations
Abdominal strength exercises
Chapter 8
Training camp
What a Coach Does during the Regular Season
A Scotty Bowman Practice
Shooting drills
Practicing the breakout
Practicing other skills
Different Systems
What a Coach Does during a Game
Pregame versus postgame matching
Lets Win One for the Gipper Locker Room Talks
Avoiding mistakes
Chapter 9
The first pass
The second pass
The Half Board Power Play
The FiveonThree Advantage
Retain control
Take your chances close to the net
Killing a Penalty
Chapter 10
What Players Do to Each Other on the Ice Aside from Talking
The Five Best Fighters
The Five Best Intimidators
The Five Best Agitators
Part III
Chapter 11
Watching the Plays Form
Philadelphia Flyers
New Jersey Devils
Colorado Avalanche
Toronto Maple Leafs
What the Camera Doesnt Show You
Chapter 12
Watching an Opposing Player
JDs Five Favorite Arenas
Molson Centre
Maple Leaf Gardens
Chapter 13
NHL team sites
Other hockey sites
CTV SportsNet
The Hockey Hall of Fame
Part IV
Chapter 14
Mark Messier on FaceOffs
Mike Vernon on Defending the Breakaway
Al MacInnis on Shooting from the Point
Gary Roberts on Scoring as a Power Forward
Chapter 15
Tips for Coaches
Playing fair
Tips for Parents
Kids just wanna have fun
Chapter 16
How to join
Camps and Schools in Other Parts of the World
Holding your own in pickup games
Chapter 17
Inline skating equipment
What is needed for equipment
The rules
Part V
Chapter 18
Accommodating Players
The Game Is Growing BigTime
Chapter 19
Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh Penguins
Gordie Howe Detroit Red Wings Hartford Whalers
Mark Messier Edmonton Oilers New York Rangers Vancouver Canucks
Eddie Shore Boston Bruins New York Americans
Jean Beliveau Montreal Canadiens
Terry Sawchuk Detroit Red Wings Boston Bruins Toronto Maple Leafs Los Angeles Kings New York Rangers
Sergei Fedorov
Peter Forsberg
Valeri Kharlamov
Jari Kurri
Jaromir Jagr
Peter Stastny
Vladislav Tretiak
Chapter 20
The Montreal Canadiens 195660
The Soviet National Team 197684
The Edmonton Oilers 198490
Chapter 21
Leo Boivin
Tim Horton
Bob Plager
Denis Potvin
Ulf Samuelsson
Scott Stevens
Chapter 22
May 2 1967
December 31 1975
February 22 1980
May 25 1994
September 7 1996
September 12 1996
The 1972 CanadaSoviet Series
Chapter 23
Phil Esposito
Nick Fotiu
Bernard Boom Boom Geoffrion
Bobby Hull
Lorne Gump Worsley
Chapter 24
Guyle Fielder
Willie Marshall
Chapter 25
Always Keep Your Head Up
Watch Hockey in All the Right Places
Part VI
Appendix A
Appendix B
Adult Hockey
NHL teams
Appendix C
Butt ending
Cross checking
Delayed calling of penalty
Delayed slow whistle
Delaying the game
Hand pass
High sticking
Match penalty
Penalty shot
Appendix D
Stanley Cup Winners
NHL Mosts
NHL Career Milestones

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About the author (2011)

John Davidson is a commentator for ABC Sports and contributes to and Inside the NHL on the radio.

John Steinbreder is an award-winning writer and author.

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