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Cracked ice : an insider's look at the NHL
Fischler, Stan.
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Lincolnwood, Ill. : Masters Press, [1999]

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xii, 340 pages ; 25 cm
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The 1990s were not the best of times for the National Hockey League. A series of management blunders, labor unrest, and public relations disasters undermined the league's efforts to establish itself as a major sport in the United States. In "Cracked Ice," Stan Fischler, the dean of North American hockey writers, offers an inside account of what went wrong-while giving insight into what must be done if the league is to be successful in the years ahead. "Cracked Ice" is a brutally candid expose of big league hockey by one of its most respected observers.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. v
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
1. A Donut and a Disappearance: The Decline and Fall of John Zieglerp. 1
2. The 1992 Strike and Replacement of John Zieglerp. 13
3. From Ziegler to Stein: Punching Up the NHL's Imagep. 29
4. The NBA-ing of the NHL: Enter Gary Bettmanp. 39
5. Facing Death and Hockey: About Simon, Mike Keenan, and a Heartp. 59
6. The Bettman Evolutionp. 77
7. The Fall of Bruce McNallp. 89
8. Prelude to Civil War: The Lockout Loomsp. 113
9. The Guns of October: War Begins in Earnestp. 121
10. The Dirt Flies and the Impasse Hardensp. 127
11. Getting Hairy: Digging in for the Long Haulp. 135
12. A Deal Is Made: The 1995 Season Beginsp. 151
13. Game On: The Strange Seasonp. 159
14. From Quebec to Denver: The Americanization and Possible Death of Hockey as We Know Itp. 173
15. McMullen and the Mickey Mouse Club: The Devils Strive for Respectp. 177
16. The NHL in the Late Nineties: New Jersey Versus Nashvillep. 193
17. Will the Devils Get a New Jersey? The NHL Moves from the Ridiculous to the Bizarrep. 209
18. Champagne Versus the Courtroom: Climax of the Nashville-New Jersey NHL Warp. 223
19. And the Final Verdict Is ...p. 237
20. D (as in Devils) Day The Final "No" to Nashvillep. 247
21. A Roller-Coaster Franchise: Ups and Downs with the New York Islandersp. 257
22. From Alan Eagleson to Bob Goodenow: How the Players' Association Became an NHL Power Brokerp. 293
23. Putting Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh Back on Trackp. 309
24. Big League Hockey: Where Does It Go From Here?p. 323
Epiloguep. 337