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Hockey now!
Leonetti, Mike, 1958-2016.
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Publication Information:
Willowdale, Ont. ; Buffalo, N.Y. : Firefly Books, [1999]

Physical Description:
167 pages : color portraits, 28 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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GV848.5.A1 L455 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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The team of Dan Hamilton and Mike Leonetti is well known to hockey fans. In the last five years their calendar, The Hockey Year, has been a bestseller every year. This unique book contains biographies and action photography of 70 of the top players in the National Hockey League, with their career statistics up-to-date through the 1998-1999 season. Organized by seven "positions" or player roles, this is a ready reference for the millions of hockey fans across North America: 1. The Masked Marvels: the very best modern goaltenders including Patrick Roy, Martin Brodeur and Dominik "The Dominator" Hasek. 2. The Rear Guard: The "stay-at-home" defensive specialists - big, mobile and brutal - who clear the slot in front of the net: Chris Chelios, Scott Stevens, Sylvain Lefebvre and others. 3. The Blue Line Attack: Brian Leetch, Paul Coffey and Rob Blake lead the rush past the blue line. 4. The Power Forwards: Mark Messier, Eric Lindros, Brendan Shanahan and others are all big, powerful, fast and talented. 5. The Playmakers: The quarterbacks of hockey led by Wayne Gretzky, Adam Oates, Doug Gilmour and Steve Yzerman. 6. The Snipers: Jaromir Jagr, John LeClair, Pavel Bure and others may be hockey's most exciting stars - fast and elusive with deadly accurate shots. 7. The Hitmen: Tie Domi, Donald Brashear and Darren McCarty dominate the enforcer team. 8. The Young Guns: These are the up-and-coming superstars of tomorrow including Jeff Friesen and Saku Koivu.

Author Notes

Although hockey has achieved worldwide popularity, it originated in Canada. Mike Leonetti helps carry on the Canadian hockey heritage through his writing.

Leonetti lives in Toronto and demonstrates his familiarity with professional hockey history in that city through such books as The Toronto Maple Leaf Trivia Book. The author also shows his expertise and great interest in the pre-expansion, pre-1967 seasons of the National Hockey League through such writings as Hockey's Golden Era, which focuses heavily on specific, and famous, hockey player personalities from the era of the sport's "original six" teams--Boston, Chicago, Montreal, Toronto, New York, and Detroit.

Mike Leonetti has also ensured a place for himself in current hockey tradition through his work on Hockey Year Calendar, which he began in 1989.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Gr. 7^-12. Now that hockey greats Wayne Gretsky and Mario Lemieux have retired from the game, who will follow in their footsteps? Leonetti sets out to answer this question by chronicling the professional careers of some 70 current players, spanning various positions within all the teams. Featuring photographer Dan Hamilton's action shots and formatted with the brightness and gloss of a magazine, this book will be interesting reading for hockey fans, especially those who religiously follow the game and are already fairly familiar with the players. --Helen Rosenberg



Introduction The NHL has become younger, faster and more exciting than ever. Young guns now dot every NHL roster as each club tries to keep up with the demands of the game. Make no mistake, some teams have been better at this transition to a more youthful league since the post-lockout rules than others, but the wave of the future is undeniable. The shift to young legs also makes it clear the NHL is in good hands for years to come as the league is filled with some of the most promising emerging stars in all of sport. For the fifth edition of Hockey Now! we have parted ways with some of the NHL's old guard. A few of them like Mike Modano, Joe Sakic and Brendan Shanahan, may still be playing in the NHL but it is pretty clear that their influence is on the wane with their careers on the verge of ending. In their place are the stars like Alex Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby, Dion Phaneuf, Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk -- the NHL's new elite. What is even more exciting are fresh faces like Evgeni Malkin, Jonathan Toews, Mike Richards, Ryan Getzlaff, Corey Perry, Jason Spezza, Paul Statsny and Zach Parise, who have risen to prominence. Many of the stars profiled in this edition represent the best of the new wave of NHLers. In addition to their youth, these players possess an abundance of offensive flair. They can shoot effectively, be very physical when needed and are highly skilled and ready to leap into the attack -- many were ready to jump into the league shortly after their draft day! Teams like Montreal, Pittsburgh and Washington all thrived in 2007-08 with a highly skilled style that stressed offense. Other young studs making waves today include players like Patrick Kane, Nicklas Backstrom, Carey Price, Jordan Staal, Anze Kopitar, Jack Johnson and Steve Stamkos, among others. Once these players get a little more experience, it is almost certain they'll be in the pages of the next Hockey Now! . Every protégé needs a mentor and the youth of the NHL have many veterans in the prime of their career to observe. Players like Vincent Lecavalier, Jarome Iginla, Nicklas Lidstrom, Martin Brodeur and Joe Thornton are all of all-star caliber. Their skill, veteran grit and various paths to prominence make them great leaders. They all took their time and earned the recognition of being players who make significant contributions. The 2008 Stanley Cup final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings proved to be an interesting contrast between youthful exuberance and veteran savvy. The Penguins ripped through the Eastern Conference in the playoffs and it looked like the surging Pittsburgh club led by Crosby, Malkin and Marc-Andre Fleury was set to win the championship. However the veteran poise of the Red Wings proved to be too much for the less-experienced Penguins and it was over in six games. Perhaps the real lesson is that all teams need a mix of youth and experience if they are to win hockey's ultimate prize. Excerpted from Hockey Now! by Mike Leonetti All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Masked Marvels!
Ed Belfour
Martin Brodeur
Roman Cechmanek
Byron Dafoe
Dominik Hasek
Curtis Joseph
Olaf Kolzig
Chris Osgood
Patrick Roy
Roman Turek
Rob Blake
Eric Desjardins
Adam Foote
Ed Jovanovski
Chris Pronger
Scott Stevens
Blueline Attack!
Sergei Gonchar
Tomas Kaberle
Brian Leetch
Nicklas Lidstrom
Al MacInnis
Scott Niedermayer
Wade Redden
Sergei Zubov
Power Forwards!
Jason Arnott
Bill Guerin
Mark Messier
Keith Primeau
Brendan Shanahan
Joe Thornton
Keith Tkachuk
Play makers!
Jason Allison
Sergei Fedorov
Peter Forsberg
Ron Francis
Vincent Lecavalier
Mario Lemieux
Mike Modano
Jeremy Roenick
Mats Sundin
Pierre Turgeon
Doug Weight
Alexei Yashin
Steve Yzerman
Tony Amonte
Peter Bondra
Pavel Bure
Patrik Elias
Milan Hedjuk
Brett Hull
Jaromir Jagr
Paul Kariya
Alexei Kovalev
Markus Naslund
Joe Nieuwendyk
Jeff O'Neill
Zigmund Palffy
Mark Recchi
Luc Robitaille
Joe Sakic
Miroslav Satan
Teemu Selanne
Hit Men!
Derian Hatcher
Martin Lapointe
Randy McKay
Owen Nolan
Gary Roberts
Ryan Smyth
Young Guns!
Maxim Afinogenov
Simon Gagne
Scott Gomex
Martin Havlat
Evgeni Nabokov
Daniel Sedin
Brad Stuart
Alex Tanguay
Shane Willis
Player List