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Scotty Bowman A Life In Hockey [Hardcover]

Douglas Hunter
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Oct. 1 1998
When people wonder who the quintessential hockey coach is, only one name comes to mind-Scotty Bowman. As tough and unyielding as the sport itself and as aggressive and strategic as a general at war, Scotty Bowman typifies the no-nonsense attitude necessary for success in today's NHL. In a career rife with controversy, Bowman is often feared but always respected by the legions of players who have toiled under his reign.

Scotty Bowman: A Life in Hockey traces the career of one of hockey's most intriguing characters. Every aspect of Bowman's rollercoaster career is highlighted, from his early playing career through his record-breaking Stanley Cup victories. Following his thrilling time with the Montreal Canadiens, the difficult years with the Buffalo Sabres, and up to the Red Wings' historic first Stanley Cup success since 1955, Douglas Hunter (author of A Breed Apart) chronicles the joyous victories and the disappointing upsets.

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Only Toe Blake of the Montreal Canadiens coached as many Stanley Cup winners (seven) as Scotty Bowman has over his lengthy NHL career. Bowman worked his way up from coaching at the Junior grade to both coaching and serving in a variety of high-level administrative posts for a number of mostly successful NHL teams. His biography reads like a history of the NHL over the past half-century, detailing the fortunes of its best teams and the backgrounds of its most famous players. In the middle of it all is Bowman, though Hunter (Champions, LJ 10/1/97) doesn't give us much of a personal view of the man. Bowman's own words read like quotes from the next day's newspaper. Interviews with former players and assistants afford some perspective, but more depth is needed. Nevertheless, Bowman's stature and the wealth of detail here will be of interest to hockey fans.?John M. Maxymuk, Rutgers Univ. Lib., Camden, NJ
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Douglas Hunter is a freelance writer, editor and graphic designer. He is the author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed Open Ice: The Tim Horton Story, A Breed Apart: An Illustrated History of Goaltending, War Games: Conn Smythe and Hockey’s Fighting Men and Champions: An Illustrated History of Hockey’s Greatest Dynasties, as well as two books on yacht racing, Against the Odds and Trials (with co-author Jeff Boyd). --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Just Stop Reading Oct. 10 1999
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Format:Hardcover
This is one of the worst books I have ever read in my entire life. On top of the author being extremely boring, he can't even get his facts right. There were numerous errors in the book. The most blatant being the author stating that Mike Vernon won the 1989 Conn Smythe award when in fact is was Al MacInnis. Another error I found was in starting goaltending. The book says that Garth Snow started game one of the 1997 Stanley Cup finals, when in fact it was Ron Hextall. If I picked out these simple errors in the book, how can I believe any of the other information in it? The author and publisher should be ashamed of themselves for letting hockey fans read such a book. The author is a disgrace to hockey. Don't waste your time reading this book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Reader Beware Dec 9 1998
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Those intrigued with the Bowman legend-mystique will not find the answer to the perennial question "What makes Scotty Bowman tick?" here. This is not a biography and Hunter does not set out to entertain. Next to no attention is paid to Bowman's childhood, youth, or even to what drew him to the game in the first place. Rather this book is a straightforward, if somewhat dry, portrait of post-expansion hockey and Bowman's role in it. Its chief strength is its history of the architecture of the franchises in which Bowman has spent his career. Any gleaning the reader may be pick up as to the creation of Bowman's character or the methods of his success are, at best, inferred (although Hunter does put forth a convincing case to dispel the myth that Jean-Guy Talbot ended Bowman's playing career). Plenty of quotes from Bowman's associates are included, both pro and con (Bowman himself declined to be interviewed for this work). Yet for a volume that appears to be well documented, steeped in statistics and numbers, I found at least five immediate errors, not the least of which are the year of Bowman's birth, and the 1989 Conn Smythe Trophy winner (it was Al MacInnis -- a fact easily verified in the NHL record book -- not Mike Vernon, as Hunter surprisingly states.) If I found these errors, how many others will other readers find, and how reliable is the rest of the information?
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1.0 out of 5 stars Stats, transactions, contracts....boring! Aug. 2 2007
Format:Paperback
I was looking for an insight to his coaching philosophy...didn't get it. Terrible book, finally stopped reading on p. 275. Just a recollection of facts. Useless!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Just Stop Reading Oct. 10 1999
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Format:Hardcover
This is one of the worst books I have ever read in my entire life. On top of the author being extremely boring, he can't even get his facts right. There were numerous errors in the book. The most blatant being the author stating that Mike Vernon won the 1989 Conn Smythe award when in fact is was Al MacInnis. Another error I found was in starting goaltending. The book says that Garth Snow started game one of the 1997 Stanley Cup finals, when in fact it was Ron Hextall. If I picked out these simple errors in the book, how can I believe any of the other information in it? The author and publisher should be ashamed of themselves for letting hockey fans read such a book. The author is a disgrace to hockey. Don't waste your time reading this book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Reader Beware Dec 9 1998
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Format:Hardcover
Those intrigued with the Bowman legend-mystique will not find the answer to the perennial question "What makes Scotty Bowman tick?" here. This is not a biography and Hunter does not set out to entertain. Next to no attention is paid to Bowman's childhood, youth, or even to what drew him to the game in the first place. Rather this book is a straightforward, if somewhat dry, portrait of post-expansion hockey and Bowman's role in it. Its chief strength is its history of the architecture of the franchises in which Bowman has spent his career. Any gleaning the reader may be pick up as to the creation of Bowman's character or the methods of his success are, at best, inferred (although Hunter does put forth a convincing case to dispel the myth that Jean-Guy Talbot ended Bowman's playing career). Plenty of quotes from Bowman's associates are included, both pro and con (Bowman himself declined to be interviewed for this work). Yet for a volume that appears to be well documented, steeped in statistics and numbers, I found at least five immediate errors, not the least of which are the year of Bowman's birth, and the 1989 Conn Smythe Trophy winner (it was Al MacInnis -- a fact easily verified in the NHL record book -- not Mike Vernon, as Hunter surprisingly states.) If I found these errors, how many others will other readers find, and how reliable is the rest of the information?
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Author and Publisher Should be Ashamed Jan. 29 2009
By J_099 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This ridiculous effort lacks any meaningful depth on Scotty Bowman and is loaded with a long stream of convoluted hockey history, some of which is factually incorrect.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Do NOT purchase this book June 24 2002
By Danny - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book was horrible. I can't believe I actually made it through the 100 pages. The author talks WAY too much about the history of the league and some of the teams and not nearly enough about Scotty. In short, it was a terrible waste of time and money.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Man in an Amazing Sport March 12 2012
By John E. Deans - Published on Amazon.com
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I am an avid hockey fan. Scotty Bowman is the story of a man who lost the dream of playing in the NHL when he was injured playing minor league hockey. From that low he arose to the high of having his name engraved on more Stanley Cups than any other coach. His ability to adopt a style of play to that various skills of his players (see "Russian 5" in Detroit)was most impressive. The most significant thing is while he remaioned the same person from the 1970's through 2006 he was very adept at coaching the young men throughout those eras.
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