- Paperback: 168 pages
- Publisher: Firefly Books; Revised edition (Sept. 22 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 155407889X
- ISBN-13: 978-1554078899
- Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.3 x 27.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 567 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #503,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Mike Smith's Hockey Playbook Paperback – Sep 22 2011
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The ex-GM, one of the game's deep thinkers, makes it easy for coaches. This one didn't stay on the desk very long before the serious minor hockey dads at the office were borrowing it. (Lance Hornby Toronto Sun 2011-12-17)
About the Author
Michael A. Smith has been involved in hockey for over 40 years as a player, coach and general manager of the New York Rangers, Colorado Rockies, Chicago Blackhawks and Team USA. He was an adviser for the National Hockey League and has traveled extensively as a lecturer and studied European training methods in Russia and Sweden. The author of six books on hockey, he lives in West Tisbury, Massachusetts.
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Keeping things simple is often great advice, and this book follows that philosophy exactly: it sticks to the tried and tested, and to the soundest fundamentals. (And there's never a day when the fundamentals are not required IN ABUNDANCE. In fact, most mistakes come down to breakdowns, or a lack of understanding, of the very basics. In other words, to play hockey well, you don't have to make it complicated.)
The book's key innovation is its step-by-step diagrams. They show how a play, a situation - be it defensive or attacking - evolves. This is done over several drawing; up to eight in some instances. (A single drawing just freezes a moment in time. Then you're left wondering, WHAT NOW? Not here. The diagrams function as a sort of picture show, letting you see what's next. Great stuff.)
Overall, an excellent resource, not only for players and coaches, but for goalies and fans too.