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How To Bake an NHL Franchise From Scratch: The First Era of the Minnesota Wild by [Lynn, Tom]
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Tom Lynn worked for the Minnesota Wild for nine years, as the Assistant General Manager, then the Acting General Manager. This book recounts his personal observations and stories about building the most successful NHL expansion franchise (on ice and off) in the history of the NHL. Join us for a firsthand story about the building of a National Hockey League franchise through the lens of someone who was there.

About the Author

Tom Lynn is a certified player agent of the National Hockey League Players Association and a principal of Veritas Hockey. Prior to that, he served as the Acting General Manager, Assistant General Manager/Hockey Operations, and Director of Hockey Administration and Legal Affairs for the Minnesota Wild between April, 2000 and June of 2009. Mr. Lynn has also taught the Law of Professional Sports at the University of Saint Thomas School of Law. Before joining the Wild, Mr. Lynn was an attorney with the Manhattan law firms of Proskauer Rose LLP and Winthrop, Stimson, Putnam and Roberts. Tom and his wife Leslie are graduates of Cornell Law School and the proud parents of six Minnesota hockey players.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1270 KB
  • Print Length: 468 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Starry Night Publishing (Nov. 13 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9f5e74d4) out of 5 stars 12 reviews
HASH(0xa045f3c0) out of 5 stars Great read for any hockey fan Jan. 5 2016
By JPB16 - Published on
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Excellent look at the tough decisions that went into the first years of the Minnesota Wild, as well as a good idea of the agenda of a front office manager in professional sports. There are the "glamorous parts": trade deadlines, drafts, playoff excitement...but there are also the forgotten roles, like booking travel, doing the accounting and budgeting, and figuring out the business side of a lockout. All of it is documented here, and it is hard to imagine it isn't totally honest, especially considering the tales of Jacques Lemaire toward the end of his career.

I am a sucker for this kind of a book. It is fascinating and inspiring. It's definitely a great read for Wild fans, but also for anyone wondering what is included in being a professional sports general manager. (I'd have loved to see what a Dave Tippett-led Wild team could have done.)
HASH(0x9f507a94) out of 5 stars Engaging June 23 2016
By larry - Published on
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Whether you're a Wild fan in particular or a hockey fan in general you'll find this book entertaining, educational, and possibly inspiring. Not just a dry, managerial accounting of the office aspect of the the greatest sport on earth but a truly engaging tale of the ins-and-outs, ups-and-downs of building and running a successful hockey franchise. It reads not as an instruction manual but as a truly entertaining narrative filled with anecdotes about the staff and players you know and love( or don't). Any hockey fan will find this book delightful to read and I can't recommend it enough.
HASH(0x9f507a88) out of 5 stars Good background on Wild history Nov. 29 2014
By Chris Beaulieu - Published on
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Bought the book after Russo wrote about it on his blog rant. Good background on Wild history. Helps to fill in some holes in the Gaborik negotiations, decision-making process with Dougie R., agent personalities, Lemaire's quirks, but could have used WAY MORE player gossip. Compared to other hockey books written by players, it contains virtually nothing on player behavior. Since he was office and the fans see the players, it needed more of player stories. Overall, worth buying it. Thanks for writing it Tom !
HASH(0xa045f618) out of 5 stars An intriguing look at the inside operations of an NHL team from its birth Jan. 18 2015
By Michael P. Weber - Published on
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Tom Lynn provides a true behind-the-scenes look at the birth of the Minnesota Wild and what went into all of the team's decision-making. Many of the primary figures in the team shared some hockey culture with which they battled (the old "I'm not going to treat my children the way my parents treated me" syndrome, it seemed) while growing up in the game.
HASH(0xa045f39c) out of 5 stars An interesting read Jan. 5 2015
By Nate Dybvig - Published on
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This book has enough interesting behind the scenes detail to hold the interest of any serious Wild fan. It clearly was not ghost written, and the number of typos prove that self publishing has its pros and cons. But if you want to know what was happening behind the scenes as the team was built, this is a solid primer.