Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Panning for gold on the small rinks of the world

Here at the HockeyNation we are presently in the homestretch of reading Ed Willes: Gretzky to Lemieux, a so far quite interesting look at the riveting Canada Cup series of 1987, a series that seemed to be a defining moment for hockey in so many ways.

I don’t want to tip too many of the notes I’ve made so far, but the late summer and early fall journey to that final game of a three game showdown at Copps coliseum has provided many fascinating tales so far and we suspect more will come as we get closer to the end. We’re hoping to have our review ready for posting to our Top Shelf feature, not too long into the future.

Once we put that one down, however, we’ll immediately look to crack open a copy of Gare Joyce’s: Future Greats and Heartbreaks. That after hearing a taste of it on a radio talk show this morning.

Joyce was a guest on the Bill Good show today, a morning talk show on British Columbia’s most listened to station CKNW. From the 10:30 to 11:00 period, he provided snippets of some of the material in his book.

Recounting some of the scouts, players and situations that he came across in the year he spent in the mysterious world of the hockey scout. They travel from rink to rink, city to city and country to country. Scouts are the bird dogs of the hockey fields, seeking out that un-noticed gem of a player, the one that could change the fortune of an NHL team.
A good scout can leave a team in a strong situation for years to come, a poor one can set a team back for years. With thousands of players to watch through the years, finding the select few that will make the huge step to professional hockey must be like seeking out a needle in a haystack.

The interview was an interesting taste of what the book must be like, if you want to check it out, head for the CKNW Audio Vault and select the 10 to 11 hour for Wednesday, November 20. The half hour interview provides a tiny insight to an aspect of hockey that few know very much about.

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