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The good of the game: Recapturing hockey's greatness [Hardcover]

Bruce Hood , Murray Townsend
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Good of the Game Sept. 5 2000
Format:Hardcover
Mr. Hood speaks eloquently from his experience about what is good about the sport of ice hockey, what has gone wrong, and ideas about what we can do to bring it back to what it should be: a FUN game of speed and skill. This should be required reading for all players, young and old, parents of youth hockey players, leaders in youth hockey organizations, coaches, and fans. His words speak to the thoughts and concerns of thousands of parents who are out there today, trying to come to grips with the insanity of spending thousands of dollars a year for their kids to participate in what is now a hypercompetitive year-round sport. Mr. Hood cuts through all the rhetoric and offers up powerful common sense observations that I hope will lead the way to a grass roots effort to return a wonderful sport to what it should be: an opportunity to teach our children about the values of team work, discipline, integrity, sportsmanship, dedication, and perserverance -- that fun comes as a result of accepting and fulfilling responsibility to yourself, your team mates, family, and community. Bravo and thank you Mr. Hood!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book to read June 12 2000
Format:Hardcover
Mr. Hood has done it again! This is one of the best hockey books I have ever read, the stories he tells about playing hockey in Canada on the ponds when he was younger is so true, and something now days that most people have never done. He touches on some excellent points like how youh hockey has gotten too serious, and how much it costs! This is a must read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Good of the Game Sept. 5 2000
By Hockey Mom - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Mr. Hood speaks eloquently from his experience about what is good about the sport of ice hockey, what has gone wrong, and ideas about what we can do to bring it back to what it should be: a FUN game of speed and skill. This should be required reading for all players, young and old, parents of youth hockey players, leaders in youth hockey organizations, coaches, and fans. His words speak to the thoughts and concerns of thousands of parents who are out there today, trying to come to grips with the insanity of spending thousands of dollars a year for their kids to participate in what is now a hypercompetitive year-round sport. Mr. Hood cuts through all the rhetoric and offers up powerful common sense observations that I hope will lead the way to a grass roots effort to return a wonderful sport to what it should be: an opportunity to teach our children about the values of team work, discipline, integrity, sportsmanship, dedication, and perserverance -- that fun comes as a result of accepting and fulfilling responsibility to yourself, your team mates, family, and community. Bravo and thank you Mr. Hood!
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2.0 out of 5 stars For fans of youth hockey parents/old-timers only Aug. 4 2003
By Bill Schiefen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book is only for parents concerned about the state of youth hockey today or for old-timers that like to reminisce about the glory days, acting like the modern NHL is abismal. Hood strikes me as someone that just sort of threw this together without much thought, particularly without any consideration to the other side. He argues his point without even mentioning the other side's point, weakening his argument for those who appreciate hearing both sides of the story. Some parts are just sloppy. On one page he writes about how the two referee system is a good thing, a couple dozen later and he writes that it's a bad thing. The same goes for his attitude towards tag-up offsides and Don Cherry.
The main fault of this book, for me, is that it does not appeal to many diehard NHL fans. It just isn't for them. He acts like the NHL should be like pond hockey with little checking, no fighting, and much less competition. I'd like to see my team have fun, but I would never want them to treat it like a lacksadaisical pond hockey game.
Very contrary to the title of the book, Hood says little about the good of the game. In fact, most of his book is whining about how the game used to be and complaining about how bad the NHL is today. He should have named it "The Bad of the Game." I particularly disagreed with him re: the instigator. He actually argues that there has not been more stickwork since the instigator was enacted - clearly Hood watches a different NHL than I do.
If you're a parent of a youth hockey fan, you'll love it. If you like to reminisce and complain about the current NHL, you'll love it. If you're part of the 99% of the "other" category for NHL fans, you'll loathe it.
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