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Hockey for Dummies

3.57 of 5 stars 3.57  ·  rating details  ·  93 ratings  ·  15 reviews
"Gives die-hard fans and newcomers to the sport the inside edge!"
--Scotty Bowman, NHL's winningest coach and former coach of the Detroit Red Wings"Nothing gets by John Davidson. If the first edition didn't already make you a fan, then this edition will!"
--Mark Messier, NHL All-Star

"My dog, Blue, and I ran out to get "Hockey For Dummies, 2nd Edition." We give it two paws up
Paperback, 350 pages
Published September 28th 2000 by For Dummies (first published 1997)
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Katriena Knights
These books are advertised as being a great way for somebody with no knowledge of the subject to get the low-down in a quick and easy form. Weirdly, I never get much out of them unless I already have some fairly significant prior knowledge.

This book's not great for beginners, anyway, though, because it apparently hasn't been updated since 2001. That was, of course, before the lockout, after which several rule changes were implemented. So a real hockey noob who reads this book is going to be wond
I've never been interested in sports before, but this year I got surprisingly obsessed with the San Jose Sharks. So, I did what any manly sports fan would do: I went to the library to learn more! Seriously, though, this is a good book for people like me who are new to the game and want a clear explanation of the rules and strategy (I finally know what the "forecheck" is). There were also a lot of chapters I skipped since they didn't apply to me (how to stretch before playing hockey, etc), so thi ...more
I had never really started watching hockey until the Colorado Avalanche started their playoff run this year so this was extremely helpful. Davidson does a fantastic job describing the history of hockey in general and the NHL and provides excellent sections on the rules of the game, some of the major players, the vocabulary and even sections for those coaching or playing hockey. It's obviously not meant for those who are already familiar with the game and would likely be boring for them. However, ...more
Hilariously out of date. I hardly know anything about hockey still, but even I was able to notice some of the facts that are no longer true. Still, much of the other information in here is useful and I learned a lot.
Jan 23, 2015 Kris rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2015
This book didn't give me much more information than what I've figured out from going to games.
Aug 31, 2007 Jason rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: hickey fans
I really enjoyed this book. I was not at the time familiar with the sport at all, but had recently been watching a lot on TV and really started enjoying it, so I picked up this book at the library. The "Dummies" series has some gems and some bombs, but this was a very well written and informative title.
Jo * Smut-Dickted *
Overall very helpful. I read pieces of it as time permits since I need to absorb the information. Great glossary. Helpful explanations. Sometimes I still find myself confused a bit but then I watch games and usually I can figure it out. Recommended!
May 28, 2011 Joyce added it
Dated but valuable introduction to ice hockey at all levels. I got it for the glossary, the penalty gestures (with little cartoon refs!), and explanations of technicalities like "the umbrella" and "the dump and chase".
Mar 26, 2012 SA rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
A handy book to keep around if only for its good diagrams on icing and offsides. Way out of date though; definitely needs an update, particularly for the electronic version.
It's out-of-date, but still a very good book for learning the basics of hockey. It's great for helping teach non-fans the ins and outs.
When I got hooked on hockey, I found the easiest book I could find so that I knew the rules. Great help.
Oct 03, 2008 Matthew marked it as most-wanted
Because I just like to play. But, not necessarily by the rules.
A good overview, if a tad outdated, of NHL hockey.
Tiah Keever
oh man, yes, i really did read this...
Richard Mulholland
Very good book
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John Davidson is a pseudonym for Charles Nuetzel.

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