Among the Boston Globe's Fluto Shinzawa's Sunday hockey notes:
Last month, Joe Bertagna spoke at a USA Hockey coaching clinic in Waltham. The Hockey East commissioner estimated there were 60 coaches there. By the clinic’s conclusion, Bertagna had sold approximately 35 of the books, albeit at a discount, that he was responsible for editing.
“That’s a sign,” Bertagna said, “that there’s a hunger for it.”
The book Bertagna sold is “The Hockey Coaching Bible,” published in September by Human Kinetics. It is a 16-chapter paperback edited by Bertagna in collaboration with Brion O’Connor. Most of the chapters were written by former or current college hockey coaches. There is a range of experience, from Harvard legend Bill Cleary to current Providence College coach Nate Leaman. It is a welcome addition to book shelves that are not exactly overflowing with hockey knowledge.
Hockey books trail their baseball, football, and basketball counterparts. In the United States, publishers are wary about committing resources to projects that don’t provide a good return on investment. Therefore, some prospective hockey titles never leave the proverbial dressing room.
Other than “The Game,” Ken Dryden’s thoughtful and timeless take on life in the NHL, there are not many options for readers seeking pucks intelligence.
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