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Simply the Best [Paperback]

Mike Johnston , Ryan Walter


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Nov. 16 2004
Simply the Best delivers rare insights on success straight from the hearts and minds of Stanley Cup winning coaches Scotty Bowman, Mark Crawford, Jacques Demers, Ken Hitchcock, and Mike Keenan. The book also features NHL and Olympic coaches Clare Drake, Dave King, George Kingston, Andy Murray, Roger Neilson, Pat Quinn, and Brian Sutter. Recognized as the greatest coaches in the game, these "elite 12" openly discuss in their own words strategies that have made them successful. Coaching wisdom, as never before published, flows from the pages of this remarkable book.

Everyone is a coach—no matter if it’s 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. Great coaches have to be able to provide direction and vision, stay on a firm path while also recognizing when change is needed, motivate, maximize the potential of their people, and deal with adversity. As seen here, the coaches’ techniques, strategies, and personalities are varied, but deep down they all have that special something that allows them to be champions while others struggle to attain a similar pinnacle.

These world-renowned hockey visionaries take readers into the players’ dressing room and onto the ice and explain what it takes to be a champion at hockey. But, as readers will see, these mastered principles of coaching success are also relevant "off-ice" so that people in all walks of life, from managers to moms, can win their own Stanley Cups. The 12 coaches in Simply the Best have spent a lifetime in the pursuit of understanding how to win. Now so will you!


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HERITAGE HOUSE; 1st edition (Nov. 16 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1894384814
  • ISBN-13: 978-1894384810
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.9 x 1.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #642,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 5.0 out of 5 stars  3 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Visions for Leadership April 9 2006
By Coach - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a must read for the dedicated hockey coach. The 12 coaches interviewed (pro, semi-pro and college) offer their philosophies on "leading" people. The other reviewer is correct. This is not a guide to developing strategy. Rather, a very effective way to explore how you evaluate and develop players, how you create team, how you develop yourself as a coach with a vision, and how you implement the vision. This book is an honest examination by the most successful coaches of their successes, failures, the challenges of being a coach, leading players, and balancing work and life. If you approach coaching hockey as a "calling," to help improve young men and women, you will read and re-read this book constantly.
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any hockey coach April 15 2007
By Ballgame - Published on Amazon.com
This is a great book and a must for any hockey coach. Where else can you get the mind set of so many great coaches? The George Kingston section alone is priceless and I didnt even know who he was! This isnt a book on X's and O's. Its a book on motivation and leadership. Something that carries over into the "real" world....or at least anything outside of hockey.

I use the info in this book everyday

Highlights are George Kingston, Clare Drake, and Pat Quinn. Spend the $15-$20. Trust me
5.0 out of 5 stars Insights March 6 2006
By Eric R. Rink - Published on Amazon.com
Good book. It's basically an interview process with all the coaches listed where they write the question asked followed by the response from the coach, with most of the questions being the same. There is little strategy discussed in the book which was the only disapointment I had. Other then that, it's fantastic for anyone in the coaching bussiness or in managenement. Some of the coaches don't go into great detail on things or give short answers, but I'd recommend it for an hockey lover.

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