THE ROAD TO HOCKEYTOWN -
by Jimmy Devellano & Roger Lajoie.
'He's known simply as Jimmy D.
He never played or coached, but Jim Devellano has lived his life in hockey and is one of the most respected executives in the game. He is the owner of 14 championship rings, seven of which are for Stanley Cup wins - three with the New York Islanders and four with the Detroit Red Wings - and he has been instrumental in building the teams that won them.
From his humble beginnings in the working-class neighborhood of Cabbagetown in Toronto of the 1940s, to the years of glory and parades in Hockeytown, Jimmy D. has seen it all along the way. The Road to Hockeytown gives a rare glimpse inside the world of hockey from an unusual perspective - through the eyes of one of the game's greatest executives.
This candid, personal account of Jim Devellano's life and his more than 40 incredible years in the game of hockey gives an insider's insight into the business and personalities of the game and a behind-the-scenes look at what the players and coaches are really like; how they are assessed, hired, and fired; how decisions are made on draft day; and how deals and trades really get done.
Since he broke into the NHL in 1967 as a volunteer scout with the St. Louis Blues, he's seen the league expand from six teams to thirty, and been at the forefront of the game's development. He was instrumental in hiring talented coaches such as Al Arbour with the New York Islanders and Scotty Bowman in Detroit, and in assembling one of the very first strong European scouting staffs. He was at the center of the wheeling and dealing that brought a crop of talented Russians like Sergei Fedorov, Slava Kozlov, and Vladimir Konstantinov from behind the Iron Curtain to the NHL. And, as a minority owner of Maple Leaf Gardens stock, was caught in the middle of the very public power struggle for the Gardens after Harold Ballard's death.
On his watch with three different teams, he's brought an all-star lineup of players into the NHL, including Denis Potvin, Bryan Trottier, Mike Bossy, Clark Gillies, Bob Probert, Nicklas Lidstrom, Kelly Hrudey, Vladimir Konstantinov, Sergei Fedorov, Chris Osgood, and Steve Yzerman. The first person hired by Mike and Marian Ilitch in 1982, he's seen the Red Wings go from the basement of the NHL to the pride of Detroit and been a key part of that amazing turnaround.
Jimmy D. has left his indelible mark on the game of hockey everywhere he has gone, from Cabbagetown to Hockeytown. As told to veteran journalist and broadcaster Roger Lajoie, The Road to Hockeytown is a fascinating memoir of a life lived in hockey...'
Plenty for fans of not only the Detroit Red Wings, but also for anyone with an enthusiastic interest in the history and development of Hockey from the late 1960's to the late 2000's...
Includes sections of 'behind-the-scenes' photography, taken at official functions and meetings, press cuttings, team groupings etc etc...see pictures 5,6,& 7, giving an idea of what to expect...
A quick perusal of the index shows - among others -
- Anaheim Mighty Ducks
- Boston Bruins
- Chicago Blackhawks
- Colorado Avalanche
- Detroit Tigers
- Edmonton Oilers
- Los Angeles Kings
- Minnesota North Stars
- Montreal Canadiens
- New York Islanders
- New York Rangers
- Philadelphia Flyers
- Pittsburgh Penguins
- St. Louis Blues
- Toronto Maple Leafs
- Vancouver Canucks
- Washington Capitals
- ...players, agents, incidents and every other possible permutation of associated peripherals also listed...something for everyone!
- 302 pages
- Published by Wiley
- 2008 edition.
- With dustjacket, with no torn or worn areas, it's all good!
- 160mm x 240mm format, approx.
- Index included.
- An excellent reading and reference copy.
- Binding intact, no creases to any page edges.
- No pen or ink marks or notations.
- 4 pictures uploaded, various views, all of the actual item.
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