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Joining the Clubs The Business of the National Hockey League to 1945 Hardcover – Apr 15 2015

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  • Hardcover: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press (April 15 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0815633831
  • ISBN-13: 978-0815633839
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 3 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 794 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #387,058 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The most comprehensive history to date of the NHL s rise from just another league to the center of control over the development of hockey in Canada and much of the USA. The book is very important because of its depth and breadth.--Stephen Hardy, University of New Hampshire"

A fascinating contribution to both business and sport history, one that provides a detailed and lively examination of the genesis and early organization of the NHL, the economic dynamics of professional hockey, its labor relations, and the social and cultural context of the sport in the pre-Second World War period. In lively prose befitting the fast-paced action on the ice, Andrew Ross shows that the early business of hockey was just as tough, and unique, as the sport itself.--Dimitry Anastakis, Trent University"

"Joining the Clubs" is rife with personality, just like the strong-willed, forward thinking individuals who made the NHL possible. Ross s writing is lively and engaging, and his book is a fascinating look at the NHL in its formative years.--Rob Alexander "Canada s History Magazine ""

As a researcher, this book is everything I would hope for in historical scholarship ."Joining"
"the Clubs" will appeal to readers of sports management literature as well as hockey fans. I
hope the author continues with a second book.--Rob Hudson, United States Sports Academy "Journal of Sport History ""

Joining the Clubs is a highly recommended book for business and sports historians, graduate students, and those with an interest in the fascinating history of the inner workings of professional hockey from 1875 to 1945.--CRAIG R. COENEN, Mercer County Community College "American Historical Review "

"Joining the Clubs" is an excellent work for historians interested in the business of sport and not just hockey since the NHL cartel structure is similar across major team sports in the twentieth century.--John Wong, Washington State University "The Canadian Historical Review "

About the Author

J. Andrew Ross is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. He has published numerous articles and chapters on the history of business, and has edited a collection of biographies of entrepreneurs.

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