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Between the Lines: Not-So-Tall Tales From Ray "Scampy" Scapinello's Four Decades in the NHL [Kindle Edition]

Ray Scapinello , Rob Simpson

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“It was a pleasure to be included as part of this book about Scampy and his friends and life behind the scenes as an official. I had no idea about some of the different things he was up to off the ice, and it offers a fresh perspective on a few of the NHL’s most talked about games and incidents. It’s also a testament to one of the more remarkable individuals ever to be involved in hockey.”
—From the Foreword by Scotty Bowman

“Throughout his career Ray conducted himself with the utmost professionalism and class. His calm demeanor, combined with an ability to react appropriately to any situation are the reasons Scampy leaves the game with great respect and admiration from players and coaches throughout the NHL. He is a great man and a class act.”
—From the Foreword by Steve Yzerman

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“It was a pleasure to be included as part of this book about Scampy and his friends and life behind the scenes as an official. I had no idea about some of the different things he was up to off the ice, and it offers a fresh perspective on a few of the NHL’s most talked about games and incidents. It’s also a testament to one of the more remarkable individuals ever to be involved in hockey.” —From the Foreword by Scotty Bowman “Throughout his career Ray conducted himself with the utmost professionalism and class. His calm demeanor, combined with an ability to react appropriately to any situation are the reasons Scampy leaves the game with great respect and admiration from players and coaches throughout the NHL. He is a great man and a class act.” —From the Foreword by Steve Yzerman

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 742 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 288 Seiten
  • Verlag: HarperCollins (25. Februar 2014)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00HYMLOKM
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Word Wise: Aktiviert
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #472.816 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Entertaining for hockey fans, but could have been so much more... 15. November 2007
Von Thomas Duff - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
As a hockey fan with an appreciation for the history of the game, I jumped at the chance to read and review Between the Lines: Not-So-Tall Tales From Ray "Scampy" Scapinello's Four Decades in the NHL by Ray Scapinello and Rob Simpson. From the perspective of a fan, it was fun to read. But from a critical perspective, it could (and should) have been much, much more...

Contents:
The Essential Scampy; Big Games, Colossal Pressure; Fighters and Brawlers; Young "Gus" Grows; Gaining Experience; A Brotherhood of Pranksters; All in the Family; NHL Evolutions; Privet (Hello) Russia; What's Left Behind and Lies Ahead; Index

Ray Scapinello, aka "Scampy", was a linesman in the National Hockey League (NHL), and has a career of respect and longevity that will never again be matched by an official. Due to excellent conditioning and more than a little luck, he never missed a game and was on the ice until his late 50's. During that time, he skated with many of the legends of the game. And at only 5' 7", he was almost always outmatched in the size and bulk department when breaking up fights. But again, his commitment to the game and fearless attitude had him diving into scrums with some of the league's most notorious brawlers. Throughout the book, there are a number of stories related to the games he worked, personalities he met, and other officials he saw come and go during that time. From a pure hockey appreciation standpoint, the book provides an insight to the life of a "zebra", quite often the most thankless job in sports.

So where did things go wrong with the book?

Primarily, a lack of focus. I wouldn't expect fellow officials to be left out of stories, but far too often the stories were more about them than Scampy. It also wasn't unusual for the author to head off on a tangent related to some aspect of the game. Again, interesting from a hockey standpoint, but not seemingly relevant to Scampy's story. The stories don't always follow a chronological order in his life, so you jump from his last game to his childhood to the strike season back to his son, etc. It made the organization of the book seem very disjointed, and detracted from what could have been both an entertaining read *and* a solid book.

I'll pass this along to my son, who is also a linesman and referee at the junior level. I have no doubt he'll enjoy the book and relate to many of the on-ice incidents. But I have a feeling that even he will be less than impressed at the overall layout. Too bad, as Scampy is a part of the game that's often overlooked and should have more attention. There *are* real people under those striped sweaters...
5 von 5 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
5.0 von 5 Sternen Great airplane book 26. Januar 2008
Von Cornelius Hardenbergh - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
I (asked for and) received this book for Christmas (Thanks, Mom!) and read it on the plane ride to Minnesota. It was a fun, entertaining read. For a post-lockout new fan, as I am, I found the mentions of the mechanics of the game interesting and for a short while I considered trying to be a referee or linesman in the NHL, until I realized I couldn't skate forwards that well, let alone backwards, sideways, or while holding myself up on the boards. The non-mechanics parts of the book were also fun - It has a lot of stories of "Scampy's" personal experiences working in the league for over 20 years. If you're looking for a light*, fun read about hockey, this is certainly the book for you.

*"Light" meaning quick and mostly painless, and we're comparing it to the wide range of literature rather than other hockey books.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen What a GREAT Book 16. Januar 2010
Von Steven From Eugene OR - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
I really don't write reviews that much. I am only doing this because I truly loved the book and finished it in a few days. I just love hockey stories and this book fit the bill for me.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Captivating 26. September 2010
Von Dan So Cal - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch|Verifizierter Kauf
I bought 2 copies. One an electronic download for myself and a paperback for another huge NHL fan I work with. It was very interesting to read. I think of all the games I watch and how you don't really notice the refs. Well they have a lot of insight to the players and coaches personalities and situations along with the behind the scenes stuff. I enjoyed the book a great deal and couldn't put it down.
3.0 von 5 Sternen A helping hand 1. März 2014
Von WDX2BB - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
You'd expect autobiographies to be by the subject, not about the subject.

That's the oddest part of "Between the Lines," a light-hearted, friendly look at the hockey life of Ray Scapinello, a linesman who worked 33 years in the NHL.

Simpson does the actual writing here, and it is done in his voice. Scapinello joins in with quotes and information about his career. It does take a while to get used to that.

Once we overcome that obstacle, the book sails along pretty easily. There are the usual stories about life on the road, players encountered in games, big games, partners, etc. Scapinello was the standard for linesman in the NHL for much of his career, and his professionalism and his sense of humor made him a favorite of all those who dealt with him. He obviously had plenty of connections in the business, and had many friends who are willing to say nice things about Scapinello.

As Scapinello reviews his life's story, another odd aspect of the book pops up. Sometimes once Scapinello weighs in on a subject, such a practical joke on a fellow official, Simpson talks with another official for stories on the same subject. That wouldn't be out of place in a different type of book, and it would make for a good long magazine article. Here, though, it's almost a case of "Who's Book Is It Anyway?"

This won't take you very long to read, as the amount of type on each page is quite small. But Scapinello is a good-natured tour guide for it all, and he likes a good laugh more than most.

National Hockey League officials have always had a reputation for being good people. This won't change that. "Between the Lines" is a good tribute to one of the unsung heroes of hockey.
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