Behind the Bench: Inside the Minds of Hockey’s Greatest Coaches
NHL Books / 25th September 2018

You see them pacing back and forth behind the bench during games, but what really goes through the minds of the greatest coaches in the world? Well, you can find out in Behind the Bench: Inside the Minds of Hockey’s Greatest Coaches. In this book, author Craig Custance sits down for film sessions and conversations with some of the greatest hockey coaches from the past decade. This book covers everything from leadership to on-ice systems and strategies, making it one of the best hockey books for coaches. You’lllearn how they manage their dressing room, change lines, instill their philosophy, and know when it’s time to have fun and allow your players to enjoy the game. It’s the perfect book for aspiring coaches that are trying to add to their coaching craft. They are motivators, key strategists, tough bosses, and choreographers. They can be branded as heroes, ousted as scapegoats, quietly valued as friends, and everything in between. It’s all in the job description for an NHL head coach. In Behind the Bench, ESPN’s Craig Custance sits down for film sessions and candid conversations with some of the game’s most notable modern luminaries—names like Mike Babcock, Joel Quenneville, Dan Bylsma, Todd McLellan,…

Orr: My Story
NHL Books / 25th September 2018

Bobby Orr, who is often referred to as the greatest defenseman to ever lace up the skates, is another hockey legend with a captivating memoir. In Orr: My Story, Bobby Orr reveals what inspired and motivated him to reach the top of his game. In this memoir, Orr reveals many life lessons he’s learned as he was propelled from small-town Canada into the media spotlight. Full of captivating stories from his career and lessons he’s learned along the way, Orr’s unique memoir is one of the best hockey books that any hockey fan would enjoy. The NHL legend tells his story from his Ontario childhood to his years with the Bruins and Blackhawks, to today.  New York Times Bestseller!  Bobby Orr is often referred to as the greatest defenseman ever to play the game of hockey. But all the brilliant achievements leave unsaid as much as they reveal. They don’t tell what inspired Orr, what drove him, what it was like for a shy small-town kid to suddenly land in the full glare of the media. They don’t tell what it was like when the agent he regarded as a brother betrayed him and left him in financial ruin. They don’t…

Mr. Hockey: My Story
NHL Books / 25th September 2018

Known as one of the greatest and toughest players to play the game, the sport of hockey will most likely never see a player like Gordie Howe ever again. Known as “Mr. Hockey”, Howe won 4 Stanley Cups while playing in five different decades and rewrote the record books through being one of the most intense competitors that the hockey world has ever seen. In Mr. Hockey, Howe tells his story through his own voice, allowing you to enter the life of one of the most intense, kind, and honest players to ever play in the NHL. The NHL may never see anyone like Gordie Howe again. Known as Mr. Hockey, he led the Detroit Red Wings to four Stanley Cups and is the only player to have competed in the league in five different decades. In Mr. Hockey, the man widely recognized as the greatest all-around player the sport has ever seen tells the story of his incredible life… Twenty consecutive seasons among the top five scorers in the NHL. One hundred points after the age of forty. Playing for Team Canada with his two sons. Gordie Howe rewrote the record books. But despite Howe’s unyielding ferocity on the ice,…

99: Stories of the Game
NHL Books / 25th September 2018

There’s no better way to immerse yourself in the game of hockey than by reading about it from the perspective of Wayne Gretzky. In 99: Stories of the Game, the greatest hockey player who has ever lived explains what the game looks like to him and discusses all of the influential coaches and mentors he had along the way of becoming The Great One. This warm & direct book takes you deep into the life of Wayne Gretzky through his own stories and allows you access to both the man and the hockey player like never before. “The Great One” weaves memories of his legendary career with an inside look at the sport of professional hockey, and the heroes and stories that inspired him. From minor-hockey phenomenon to Hall of Fame sensation, Wayne Gretzky rewrote the record books, his accomplishments becoming the stuff of legend. Dubbed “The Great One,” he is considered by many to be the greatest hockey player who ever lived. No one has seen more of the game than he has—but he has never discussed in depth just what it was he saw. For the first time, Gretzky discusses candidly what the game looks like to him…

The Boys of Winter: The Untold Story of a Coach, a Dream, and the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team
NHL Books / 25th September 2018

In a story of the greatest upset in sports history, The Boys Of Winter takes you back to the 1980 Olympic Games and tells the true story of how a bunch of rag-tag college kids ended up beating the best hockey team in the world. This book follows the 1980 Miracle on Ice from start to finish and will leave you inspired when you learn about the dedication, sacrifice, and commitment that the members of the 1980 Men’s USA Olympic Hockey Team gave to their teammates – all for a unknown, long shot “what-if” pipe dream. The Boys of Winter is a truly inspirational hockey book, and one that all serious hockey players must read. Once upon a time, they taught us to believe. They were the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team, a blue-collar bunch led by an unconventional coach, and they engineered perhaps the greatest sports moment of the twentieth century. Their “Miracle on Ice” has become a national fairy tale, but the real Cinderella story is even more remarkable. It is a legacy of hope, hard work, and homegrown triumph. It is a chronicle of everyday heroes who just wanted to play hockey happily ever after. It is…