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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics; 1st edition (Sept. 28 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736076344
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736076340
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 21 x 26.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 635 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"In Hockey Plays and Strategies, Ryan Walter and Mike Johnston combine their coaching expertise to offer a comprehensive guidebook for today's fast-paced game. Their proven strategies are ideal for every player and coach."

George Gwozdecky
Head Men's Hockey Coach, University of Denver

“In Hockey Plays and Strategies, Walter and Johnston cover every aspect of successful team play. This complete guide gives you the systems and strategies for an advantage at both ends of the ice.”

Pat Quinn
Head Coach, Toronto Maple Leafs, 1998-2006

"Ryan Walter and Mike Johnston are a dynamic writing team who draw from years of playing, coaching, and leadership experience. In Hockey Plays and Strategies, they simplify the complexities of the game to assist coaches in building winning game plans."

Paul Carson
Director of Development, Hockey Canada

About the Author

Ryan Walter is an assistant coach with the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League. He played more than 1,000 games over 15 seasons with the Washington Capitals, Montreal Canadiens, and Vancouver Canucks. He served as vice president of the National Hockey League Players Association, was honored as the NHL Man of the Year in 1992, and played in the NHL all-star game in 1993. Walter has also served as captain of team Canada in the World Junior tournament and played for team Canada in four World Championships. He has worked as a consultant for several NHL teams and a television analyst for NHL broadcasts. Walter lives in British Columbia, Canada.

Mike Johnston is the head coach of the Portland Winter Hawks of the Western Hockey League. Johnston guided Canada to two World Junior Championships as an assistant coach and won three Spengler Cup gold medals as coach of the Canada Selects. He served in various capacities, including head coach and general manager, with Canada's gold medal–winning national team from 1994 to 1999. In five of the six seasons he coached the Vancouver Canucks, they finished with over 90 points, and on two occasions they surpassed the 100-point mark. In 2004, the Canucks won the Northwest Division Championship. In May 2007, Johnston again was selected to coach in the World Championships, and for the first time in 73 years Canada went undefeated (9-0) in winning gold. Johnston lives in Portland, Oregon.

After the 2013-2014 season, Mike Johnston was named head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins. For the six preceding seasons Johnston was the head coach of the Portland Winter Hawks of the Western Hockey League. He was assistant/associate coach of the Vancouver Canucks from 1999-2006 and associate coach of the Los Angeles Kings from 2006-08.  Johnston guided Canada to two World Junior Championships as an assistant coach and won three Spengler Cup gold medals as coach of the Canada Selects. He served in various capacities, including head coach and general manager, with Canada's gold medal–winning national team from 1994 to 1999.  In five of the six seasons he coached the Vancouver Canucks, they finished with over 90 points, and on two occasions they surpassed the 100-point mark. In 2004, the Canucks won the Northwest Division Championship. In May 2007, Johnston again was selected to coach in the World Championships, and for the first time in 73 years Canada went undefeated (9-0) in winning gold. Johnston lives in Portland, Oregon.


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By Kevin Laframboise on Aug. 27 2012
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This is a must have for clarifying and organizing higher level competitive hockey team strategy... and this no matter your experience
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I coach PeeWee A hockey. This has become my bible in leading practices and teaching on ice strategies. I'm looking forward to a great season with what this book is teaching me.
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By klp70 on Oct. 31 2014
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Great Plays:)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Best hockey book available Sept. 17 2010
By Anthony Holden - Published on Amazon.com
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I have to agree with the other 2 reviewers. I have read practically every hockey coaching/drill book and watched nearly every video out there, and this one is in a class all by itself. This book has plenty of diagrams, but also the detailed explanation that is lacking in drill books. Other books tell you how to run the drill. This book does that too, but also focuses on the subtler teaching points. This book explains what you are trying to do (e.g. having the second forward drive in hard splitting the defenders and isolating one to create a 2-on-1) and why it works. I wish I would have had this book 10 years ago.
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Recommendation from Howtohockey.com Nov. 11 2012
By Jeremy - Published on Amazon.com
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My name is Jeremy, I run the hockey training blog howtohockey.com. I am always looking to expand my knowledge of the game of hockey and pass on what I know to the readers of my blog. This book was perfect to refresh some of the concepts I know and introduce a lot of new ones. I would recommend this book to every coach, and any player who wants to expand their knowledge of plays, strategy and positioning. The only problem is once you know this stuff you might get frustrated when your team mates are always in the wrong spot and making the wrong plays :)
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Nothing else like it July 25 2010
By Kartboy16 - Published on Amazon.com
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For years I have been searching for a book that goes beyond simple charts; arrows directing players without much explanation on why? Most books will describe the general concept of the play but provide little insight for each individual position. Being a right winger, I always found myself asking how would I read the play and choose the right course of action; read and react. Hockey plays and strategies is the first book I have found that effectively combines play diagrams with reading and reacting for each individual position. As a beer leaguer, I just wanted a book that could help me understand the subtle nuances of the game so I am grateful that Ryan Walter and mike johnstone decided to write this book and hope that there will be more in the future.

Another great book for technique is power skating by Laura stamm...
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Required Reading May 5 2013
By George B. - Published on Amazon.com
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I play adult hockey, but played as a kid so had an idea about the basics. However, if you want to get a better grasp of the game even if its just to understand whats happening in the NHL on tv then buy this book. My game has improved and am having more fun than ever.
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Great book March 13 2013
By txtacco - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been having my Pee Wee hockey playing son read a chapter every week before his game and saw an immediate improvement after one chapter. He's a defenseman and his current coach doesn't spend enough time teaching tactics and strategy. He now teaching his teammates the techniques he's picked up from the book. The book has a nice combination of text and diagrams, so even if their comprehension or attention span is limited, the pictures reinforce and simplify the verbiage.


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