What it takes, and means, to be a captain in the NHLWearing the “C” insignia on the uniform—a badge of honor reserved for team captains—is professional hockey’s highest honor, and this study discusses how many of the NHL’s all-time greatest players were captains. This exciting new book—an entertaining and enlightening blend of hockey stories and leadership lessons—reveals the secrets of hockey’s greatest captains by asking questions such as What does it take to lead a team to championship? What are the keys to overcoming unexpected adversity? and How does a captain manage strong egos from diverse backgrounds into a unified, focused team? To get the inside story, author Ross Bernstein interviewed more than 100 of the all-time greatest captains, assistant captains, and head coaches, including Wayne Gretzky, Scotty Bowman, Phil Esposito, and Joe Sakic. An ideal book for any hockey fan, this work recounts some of the greatest moments in NHL history.
Author BiographyRoss Bernstein is the author of nearly 50 sports books, including The Code: The Unwritten Rules of Fighting and Retaliation in the NHL, I Love/Hate Brett Farve, Raising Lombardi: What It Takes to Claim Football's Ultimate Prize, and Raising Stanley: What It Takes to Claim Hockey's Ultimate Prize. He has been featured on CNN and ESPN, as well as in the Wall Street Journal and USA Today. He lives in Eagan, Minnesota. Bobby Clarke is a former player for the Philadelphia Flyers and a member of the NHL Hall of Fame. In retirement, he has twice served as the Flyers' general manager and is currently the team's senior vice president. He lives in Philadelphia. Scott Stevens played 22 seasons in the NHL as a defenseman for the Washington Capitals, St. Louis Blues, and New Jersey Devils, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame. He lives in Far Hills, New Jersey.