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Dropping the Gloves: Inside the Fiercely Combative World of Professional Hockey

Dropping the Gloves: Inside the Fiercely Combative World of Professional Hockey [Kindle Edition]

Barry Melrose , Roger Vaughan , Wayne Gretzky

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"Barry Melrose presents a rare, firsthand, realistic look into the world of professional hockey from every perspective . . . and he does it in a manner he has mastered: raw and unpolished."
--New York Journal of Books


Dropping the Gloves candidly tracks Barry Melrose's career in hockey - a road that has not changed substantially for today's aspiring players. Not many have Melrose's credentials or his breadth of experience in professional hockey. He's played and coached in Junior Hockey, the American Hockey League, and the NHL. As he says, he's been hired and fired, and had his share of disappointments and failures. He's also had successes at every level. Now an ESPN broadcaster and one of the most respected NHL analysts on television. With his trademark hair, custom suits and energetic style, Melrose is applauded for offering fans his honest - tell it like it is opinion.
    Written in Barry's voice and style, the narrative follows his career in hockey, from its start in Kelvington, Saskatchewan, through his years in Junior, the WHA, and finally, the NHL. Along the way, Barry muses on the state of the game, what makes some teams work and other fail, and how he worked to instill a winning attitude in all the teams he coached.
     Filled with behind-the-scene stories of all the legendary players Barry played with or coached - Gretzky, Yzerman, Messier, Bobby Hull, and Brad Park - Dropping the Gloves is a true to life, insiders account of the world of professional hockey and an absolute must read for fans of the game.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 2190 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 256 Seiten
  • Verlag: FENN-M&S (16. Oktober 2012)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Good hockey book 27. Oktober 2012
Von Gimme Good Stories - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition
Excellent look at what happens when you want to play hockey, helps the rest of us know what's going on behind the scenes. Really a good, smart hockey book.
4.0 von 5 Sternen Good, but not great 15. April 2014
Von Ed Beckmann - Veröffentlicht auf
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This book was good, but did not really live up to my expectations. It was a still a fun read, so don't get me wrong. Reading about Barry Melrose growing up, playing hockey in Canada, his experience in the pros, coaching and broadcasting...all very interesting, informative and just a plain old fun read.

Where this book didn't meet my expectations is that when someone puts in the NAME OF THEIR BOOK the words "dropping the gloves", then I expect just that, someone "dropping the gloves" to me means someone telling all, or at least telling more than this book told.

His book is full of praise of others, insights into his own abilities, and generally good info. But in his effort to not criticize people, he leaves the reader coming up short. This could have been a lengthy somewhat interesting magazine article, instead of a book.

For a book on hockey that really does "drop the gloves" read Phil Esposito's book "Thunder and Lightning." Now that's a book that does indeed drop the gloves. Barry Melrose's book, to use hockey fighting terminology, doesn't drop the gloves so much as it's a little bit of a roughing minor. Something there, but nothing fantastic. As I said, still good and interesting, just didn't live up to my expectations. I'm sure he could have told more but chose not to so he could make a living in the broadcasting world and not burn any bridges. Wise move on his part career-wise, bad move on his part book-wise.
4.0 von 5 Sternen hockey fa 24. Januar 2014
Von Almond lover - Veröffentlicht auf
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Entertaining book. Some great stories and thoughts on hockey in general. Told in the Melrose style, you can enjoy and think
5.0 von 5 Sternen cannot not love Mr Melrose 14. Oktober 2013
Von Scott Perrin - Veröffentlicht auf
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Barry is a legend and loved this insight to his sporting and personal life. A larger than life character on an off the ice. Plus he's got great hair!
4.0 von 5 Sternen Enjoyable, full of anecdotes 24. Juni 2013
Von Gary R Karr - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe|Verifizierter Kauf
The most enjoyable professional athletes are raconteurs, quick with an anecdote and punchline about what happens on the bench or the antics of a journeyman player in the close quarters of a dressing room. Barry Melrose is just this kind of story teller in "Dropping the Gloves."

Melrose had a decent career as a player and would have won the Stanley Cup as a coach of the Los Angeles Kings in 1993 had Marty McSorley not played with an illegal stick. And his straight-forward analysis for ESPN and illuminates the game, distracting flashy suits and slick mullet notwithstanding.

But "Dropping" isn't a probing dissection of the NHL. It's not a book where one learns the strategy behind the power play and the penalty kill. Instead, it's nearly 230 pages of "here's what it's like" at all the various stopping points in a hockey career that was somewhat less than illustrious but clearly filled with hard work, laughs and many rewards.

Melrose takes you through what it feels like to leave your parents to play junior hockey, how one decides to take a contract with the upstart WHA instead of the NHL, and what it's like to be a kid from rural western Canada playing in Maple Leaf Gardens. He brings readers along as he transitions to become a coach, from the challenge of dealing with teenage players in the junior ranks -- watch out for the host families where one of the adults is away all the time -- to how he and hockey's greatest player, Wayne Gretzky, helped drive the Kings to the Stanley Cup Finals in the spring of 1993.

If all you know of Barry Melrose is from television, reading "Dropping the Gloves" will give you a better sense of this truly likeable former player and coach. He's a hockey guy, in the most generous and amusing way. Even the most casual hockey fans will like this smile-inducing fast read.
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