Behind the Moves: NHL General Managers Tell how Winners are Built — Professional Edition (book only)

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    Behind the Moves, is a 252-page hardcover book in which over 30 of the most successful NHL GMs, past and present, share their philosophies on building teams and tell what it’s like to deal with their fellow GMs, the players, agents, media, and team ownership.


When the Anaheim Ducks beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 on May 22, 2007 an NHL milestone was reached. With that victory, Brian Burke became the 50th NHL General Manager to guide his team to the Stanley Cup Finals. In 84 years of NHL history only 32 GMs have won the Stanley Cup as a GM, and only 21 since 1967 expansion! Burke is one. There are only 30 GMs in the NHL. Burke is one….but one of a kind!

Let ‘Burkie’ and the other GMs take you into the GM war-room where teams are architected, put you on the cell phone to trade shots with a fellow GM and negotiate the fate of a player on deadline day, or march you into the dressing room to address the team at a critical juncture in the season when they need to be pushed to greatness.

All hockey eyes are on each and every NHL GM. The fickle fans and merciless media, teammates and opposing players, are all watching the GM; watching and evaluating whether he has the heart, the mind, and the drive to become one of …

Hockey’s Greatest General Managers

Behind the Moves is a 252 page coffee-table book rich with hockey imagery, stories of wheeling and dealing, and the raw experiences of NHL GMs who built winners. The book honors these legendary GMs, provides a complete statistical ranking of their achievements, chronicles the evolution of their profession, and charts the inter-relationships between them – be they those who emerged from the older “Sam Pollock” or “Lynn Patrick” schools or from the more recent “Glen Sather” or “Pat Quinn” schools, to name just a few of the prominent epicenters of NHL executive development. The book features a foreword by Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke and thereafter provides equal weight to the recollections, philosophies, and insights of the other GMs who’ve taken their team to the Stanley Cup Finals since the NHL assumed control of the Stanley Cup in 1926.

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