By Bob McKenzie
Over 500,000 hockey lovers stick to Bob McKenzie on Twitter and hundreds of thousands extra on TSN--no one has the entry or breadth and intensity of expertise in terms of the hockey.
Now in his first actual booklet at the NHL, Bob is going behind the curtain, overlaying the interior tales, the lesser-known personalities and the occasions that form Canada's online game. He talks to Bobby Orr approximately Connor McDavid (touted as "the subsequent Crosby"), finds the particular stats that NHL coaches and scouts use, and explores what it's wish to be Don Cherry's son. exciting, insightful and a rattling reliable learn, <em>Hockey Confidential</em> is a needs to for each hockey fan.
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All of these performances, and such a lot of extra, are burned into my reminiscence as awesome athletic accomplishments, yet then there’s the new, summer time evening in July 1992, while I first observed John Tavares play lacrosse. It was once an athletic reveal I’ll always remember, a seminal carrying second for me that I couldn’t aid yet take into consideration whilst Cordingley made a declare many may say is outlandish. It used to be a midweek regular-season video game within the Ontario Lacrosse organization significant sequence, among the traveling Brampton Excelsiors and the Brooklin Redmen at tiny Luther Vipond Memorial enviornment in Brooklin, Ontario. There couldn’t were greater than 50 to seventy five humans there. I stood within the nook, on the glass, close to the dressing rooms at the a long way aspect from the stands the place all people else sat to observe the sport. it could possibly no longer were extra faraway from Copps Coliseum, Maple Leaf Gardens or the wintry weather Olympics. It used to be Tavares’s 3rd yr of senior men’s lacrosse, yet his first in Ontario after having performed seasons in B. C. I went to the sport by no means having heard of John Tavares, and that i left the world that summer season evening feeling as if I had witnessed essentially the most amazing feats of athleticism ever, bar none. i used to be completely captivated. He appeared quite a bit smaller than the opposite avid gamers, but he used to be so dynamic and explosive, so sleek and cerebral. He ran the ground with a fluidity that’s tricky to place into phrases, yet his video game used to be additionally so visceral. He was once so lean, in particular his legs, yet they have been like coiled metal. His swarthy epidermis glistened with sweat, his hawkish gains obvious lower than the twine face masks, his eyes vivid like white-hot lighting. To the simplest of my recollection, he most likely scored 5 - 6 pursuits that evening, however it wasn’t what percentage he scored up to how he scored them, how he performed the sport, demonstrating an uncanny mix of intelligence, athleticism and notable ability. His passing and capturing have been on one other point from nearly each participant at the flooring. you'll look him technique the sport like no different, with Gretzky-like imaginative and prescient and creativity. The issues he may possibly do with the ball in his stick can't also be defined. He shot the ball overhand, underhand, sidearm, over the shoulder, in the back of the again, among the legs. He juked and jived all around the ground, faking and feinting, growing open areas for himself, yet he additionally carried significant, competitive defenders on his again via heavy site visitors. He absorbed extra actual punishment—cross-checks, great hits, blatant makes an attempt at intimidation, either actual and verbal—than I’d noticeable any big name hockey participant take. Ever. He gave nearly as good as he received, too, figuratively baring his the teeth, actually getting his stick into the faces of rivals taking liberties, retaining himself, growing area for himself. He used trickery to sneak off the bench and ranking on a breakaway. He scored a objective diving in the course of the air like Superman. He scored in tight and from a ways out. From in the back of the web and in entrance of it. He beat rivals one on one, he beat them one on 3.