Ed Snider: The Last Sports Mogul
Most sports team owners make their money elsewhere and purchase a team as an extravagant hobby – but that is not the story of Ed Snider. One of the few owners in history to get control of a franchise by mortgaging nearly everything to his name, the longtime Philadelphia Flyers chairman would go on to form the billion-dollar empire of Comcast-Spectacor and cement his standing as one of the most influential businessmen in the city's history.
Snider was ambitious and entrepreneurial, though extraordinarily demanding of those that worked for him. He was affectionate with his loved ones, yet often showed a surprising lack of emotional intelligence. His staunch capitalist beliefs contrasted his progressive-minded views on the business of hockey and in sharing his wealth with those in need.
The Last Sports Mogul embraces all sides of Snider to form a complex portrait of the unparalleled figure once named Philadelphia’s greatest mover and shaker of the millennium.
Professional Hockey in Philadelphia: A History
Philadelphia has been a hockey town since 1897. Before and even during the Philadelphia Flyers' tenure, other teams--the Ramblers, the Quakers and the Firebirds, among others--called the city home, for better or for worse. The first of its kind, this comprehensive history covers the teams and players that graced the ice from the turn of the 20th century through the 2009 demise of the Philadelphia Phantoms. Offering something for every Philly hockey fan, the author tells the stories of the 10 pro teams that played the world's fastest game in the City of Brotherly Love.
The Great Expansion:
The Ultimate Risk That Changed the NHL Forever
It was March 1965 when Clarence Campbell, president of the National Hockey League, emerged from a long board meeting and announced that the NHL would double in size beginning with the 1967-68 season. In this book, hockey expert Alan Bass profiles the power brokers and provides an in-depth study of the decision and its revolutionary impact on the game.
Bass, a former hockey player and freelance sports writer, relies on thorough research, interviews, and first-person accounts in order to reach into the past and uncover the mystery of a behind-closed-doors decision that seemed improbable at the time. As he profiles the powerful owners, media moguls, and die-hard sportsmen involved in the politics and backroom dealings, he shares a never-before-seen glimpse into how the decision forever impacted professional hockey in North America.
The Great Expansion: The Ultimate Risk that Changed the NHL Forever is not only an important documentation of Clarence Campbell’s bold move of doubling the number of NHL franchises, but also provides an unforgettable look back into the history of pro hockey in North America.
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The Philadelphia Flyers at 50:
Published to mark the club's 50th season in the National Hockey League, The Philadelphia Flyers at 50 sets a new standard for contemporary sports history. It tells the story of a remarkable hockey club with passion and detail. On the ice, in the dressing room and behind the scenes, this 600-page large-format illustrated book documents how the Flyers and their fans have maintained the passion that is their hallmark through great successes, valiant losses and even withering tragedies. Building on his 1996 best-seller Full Spectrum, writer Jay Greenberg invested three years interviewing 263 people who have told the team's story with pride and candor, revealing, in some cases for the first time, factors that shaped the franchise. Trades, retirements, injuries, untimely deaths, tough decisions and shift-by-shift game action combine to reveal what it means to be a Flyer. "It's an honor to wear this logo," said current captain Claude Giroux. "Being a Flyer meant everything to me," said Mark Recchi, a feeling echoed by Cup-winner Andre Dupont when he said, "They gave me a chance to be part of history." Includes a message from owner Ed Snider who passed away on April 11, 2016, as well as profiles of 50 Flyer heroes and descriptions of the club's 50 most important wins and significant events This comprehensive book has it all.
Hockey's Powerbrokers: The Game's 100 Most Influential People of All-Time
Imagine hockey without Gretzky, Orr, Howe, Richard or Beliveau. What would it look like? Nothing like it does today. All of them, as well as the rest of the game’s greatest players, revolutionized the way hockey has been played.
From to the seismic shift of Wayne Gretzky coming to America, to Willie O’Ree breaking the color barrier, to Anatoli Tarasov laying the groundwork for the sublime finesse of Soviet hockey, to Sheldon Kennedy’s courage in opening the eyes of the hockey world to one of its most darkest secrets – the biggest game changers are compiled here in the definitive list of powerbrokers and influencers in hockey history. Together, these 100 on-ice icons and off-ice authorities have shaped the sport into what it is today– the world’s greatest game.
The Pursuit of Hockeyness
The Pursuit of Hockeyness is a must-do checklist of "everything" hockey fans need to accomplish in their lifetime. There are 99 featured suggestions, each accompanied by a full-colour photo, ranging from interesting places to visit to unique events that have to be experienced to be believed to the colourful people and players that make hockey the greatest game on earth. Items on the list run the gamut of serious, funny, obscure and compelling; and, every NHL team as well as every major hockey league in North America (and most in Europe, too) is covered.