Barry Melrose’s life is hockey. From the time he was old enought to skate, he knew it’s what he was meant to do. Growing up in Kelvington, Saskatchewan, he was one of a generation of future NHLers that included Wendel Clark, Bernie Federko, and the Kocur brothers. He fought his way through the Canadian minor league system, eventually getting drafted by the Montreal Canadiens. But Melrose chose instead to play for the WHA’s Cincinnati Stingers, beginning a professional career that saw him sent up and down, between the big leagues and the minors, before ending his playing career as a player coach in the AHL. As a coach, he saw success at every level, winning a Memorial Cup, a Calder Cup, and reaching the Stanley Cup Final as coach of the LA Kings. Dropping the Gloves shares Barry’s years of experience. He explains the psychology of the game, the inner workings of the locker room, and how many different elements are required to create a winnning team.Told in the same plain-spoken style that has made him ESPN’s best-known hockey commentator, Dropping the Gloves is a fantastic compendium of hockey knowledge.
About Dropping the Gloves
Dropping the Gloves candidly tracks Barry Melrose’s career in hockey – a road that has not changed substantially for today’s aspiring players. Not many have Melrose’s credentials or his breadth of experience in professional hockey. He’s played and coached in Junior Hockey, the American Hockey League, and the NHL. As he says, he’s been hired and fired, and had his share of disappointments and failures. He’s also had successes at every level. Now an ESPN broadcaster and one of the most respected NHL analysts on television. With his trademark hair, custom suits and energetic style, Melrose is applauded for offering fans his honest – tell it like it is opinion. Written in Barry’s voice and style, the narrative follows his career in hockey, from its start in Kelvington, Saskatchewan, through his years in Junior, the WHA, and finally, the NHL. Along the way, Barry muses on the state of the game, what makes some teams work and other fail, and how he worked to instill a winning attitude in all the teams he coached. Filled with behind-the-scene stories of all the legendary players Barry played with or coached – Gretzky, Yzerman, Messier, Bobby Hull, and Brad Park – Dropping the Gloves is a true to life, insiders account of the world of professional hockey and an absolute must read for fans of the game.
“Barry Melrose presents a rare, firsthand, realistic look into the world of professional hockey from every perspective . . . and he does it in a manner he has mastered: raw and unpolished.” –New York Journal of Books