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Simply the Best: Insights and Strategies from Great Hockey Coaches [Paperback]

Mike Johnston , Ryan Walter
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Dec 14 2007

Simply the Best delivers rare insights on success straight from the hearts and minds of winning coaches Scotty Bowman, Marc Crawford, Jacques Demers, Clare Drake, Ken Hitchcock, Mike Keenan, Dave King, George Kingston, Andy Murray, Rodger Neilson, Pat Quinn and Brian Sutter. These world-renowned hockey visionaries, recognized as some of the greatest coaches in the game, talk about what it takes to be a champion and the strategies that have made them successful.

Each one of us is a coach, whether we are raising children, coaching a youth sports team, being the project team leader at work, teaching students in a classroom or managing employees in a corporation. Simply the Best makes it clear that these coaches' mastered principles of success are also relevant off the ice, so that people in all walks of life can win their own Stanley Cups.


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About the Author

Born in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Mike Johnston has had a long and notable career coaching hockey, including coaching and assistant coaching for the Vancouver Canucks in 1999, Canada's National Men's Team, the Canada Selects, Canada's 1998 Winter Olympics team, Canada's junior team, Team Canada at the World Championships from 1995 to 1998 and again in 2007 as well as the University of New Brunswick men's Varsity Reds hockey team, where he was 1994 coach of the year. Mike was an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Kings from 2006 to 2008 and is currently the head coach and general manager of the WHL's Portland Winter Hawks.



Ryan Walter played 15 seasons and over 1,000 games in the NHL. Drafted second overall by the Washington Capitals in 1978, he went on to win a Stanley Cup with the Montreal Canadiens and a World Championship medal with Team Canada. He finished his playing career with the Vancouver Canucks and was an assistant coach for the Canucks during the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 seasons. Ryan is an acclaimed international speaker and leadership trainer, entrepreneur and television broadcaster, and is committed to "inspiring the hungry spirit."


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5.0 out of 5 stars For Hockey Coaches, For Life Coaches Sept. 5 2009
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This is not just a hockey book, although for hockey coaches, how better than to sit down with the best coaches North American hockey has ever seen and learn strategy and philosophy. How important is motivation, how do you build a team identity or a winning tradition, and are you willing to sacrifice your values for a win? As a businessman and a hockey fan, I found great insights in this title that apply on the ice, in the dressing room as well as in the cubicle, in the boardroom and on the street. For hockey fans and hockey coaches, this is a must. For life coaches, and we are all life coaches, there is much in here for you as well. I can't recommend this book highly enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read Jan. 13 2011
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An excellent book for any serious Hockey Coach. The insights about leadership and team building were outstanding. And these are some of the best Coaches in the business. Not an detailed X and O book but any Coach can utilize the concepts that
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read for all interested in hockey coaching Aug. 22 2014
By Lubos Pisar - Published on Amazon.com
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Great Idea to interview some really good coaches. You can read about their coaching styles and approaches to certain situations, especially when it comes to dealing and managing players
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