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Future Greats and Heartbreaks: A Year Undercover in the Secret World of NHL Scouts

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“One of this continent’s master craftsmen of sporting prose” (Sports Illustrated) and three-time National Magazine Award-winner Gare Joyce goes undercover to learn the secrets of NHL scouts.

Veteran sports writer Gare Joyce realizes a long-held secret ambition as he spends a full season embedded as a hockey scout. Joyce’s year on the hockey beat is a steep learning curve fo
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published November 20th 2007 by Doubleday Canada
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some interesting material in this book, but a lot of dull game notes. I commend Joyce for taking the time to write this book (and spend a year being involved).

This book shows two important things
a) how horrible of an organization the Columbus Blue Jackets are
b) how horrible most NHL scouts and general managers are.

The very definition of an old boys club; real pathetic.

Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
Even if you never wondered how the NHL draft and prospect development works - if you like hockey (specifically, the NHL) even a little bit, you should read this book to get an idea of how players get to be playing on your favorite NHL franchise.
Really interesting read, especially given that the guys he's writing about (NHL draft prospects from 2006 and 2007, and a few for 2008 & 2009) are now coming into the primes of their careers . . . or have never had NHL careers at all.
Not quite "undercover" as Joyce writes how he was upfront he was a journalist with every person he interviewed for the book.

There's some good reporting here, but the book could have been 100 pages shorter.
May 05, 2008 Scott rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone looking for an inside look to hockey scouting
This is a great book for people who want to get into hockey scouting or wanted to know how teams work when scouting talent. Gare Joyce got carte blanche when it came to the Columbus Blue Jackets' scouting and really gave a great look at how hard and how far scouts will/have to go in order to make the right pick for drafts. Much like MTV's Diary-- you think you know, but you have no idea.
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