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They Are Motivators, Key Strategists, Tough Bosses, And Choreographers They Can Be Branded As Heroes, Ousted As Scapegoats, Quietly Valued As Friends, And Everything In Between It S All In The Job Description For An NHL Head Coach In Behind The Bench, Craig Custance Sits Down For Film Sessions And Candid Conversations With Some Of The Game S Most Notable Modern Luminaries Names Like Mike Babcock, Joel Quenneville, Dan Bylsma, Todd McLellan, Ken Hitchcock, And Claude Julien All Of Whom Share Their Singular Views On Topics Ranging From Leadership Secrets To On Ice Game Plans Dissect Some Of Hockey S Greatest Moments With The Men Who Set The Pieces In Motion Go Straight To The Source On What It S Like To Manage A Dressing Room Full Of The League S Top Stars Or Execute Line Changes With Everything At Stake Signature Games, Including Stanley Cup Finals, Olympic Gold Medal Clashes, And World Championship Contests Both Wins And Losses Are Reflected Upon And Broken Down In Detail, Making This A Must Listen For Current And Aspiring Coaches, Players, And Hockey Fans Alike

9 thoughts on “Behind the Bench: Inside the Minds of Hockey's Greatest Coaches

  1. Christoffer Eriksson Christoffer Eriksson says:

    This is an awesome view inside the mind of great coaches Excellent job by Craig Custance

  2. Reni the Perm Reni the Perm says:

    Brilliant read.

  3. UK hockey fan UK hockey fan says:

    A really interesting concept which is brilliantly executed Craig is a great writer who really brings alive the coaches personality and makes it feel like you re in the room with them Each chapter is very informative whilst being an accessible and enjoyable read Would highly recommend

  4. Briony Briony says:

    I bought this book to read on vacation in Malta By the second day I had read the whole thing, I couldn t put it down A great read with fascinating insights into hockey coaching and leadership in general.

  5. Charlie Roumeliotis Charlie Roumeliotis says:

    Behind the Bench has quickly become one of the best hockey books I ve read It s a smooth read, the storytelling is top notch, the insight is terrific and the way Craig gets these coaches to open up in a way you don t often see them do publicly both personality wise and X s and O s wise is phenomenal I actually found myself sifting through these signature games while following along in the book, and it felt like I was in the film room with them Each chapter seemingly gets better than the previous one, with all 10 coaches providing a different unique perspective Highly recommend to every hockey fan.

  6. Brian Howells Brian Howells says:

    This is a great read With inside access to 10 of the most successful coaches in the game, you ll pick up some lessons on tactics, funny stories about team pranks, and plenty of the emotion and insight that comes from players and coaches who have reached the pinnacle of their sport But what I found most interesting about this book were the insights on how to motivate people, manage organizations, and treat others with respect that are applicable to business, family, and personal relationships in any context Drop the Org Management Leadership course in your MBA and read this instead.

  7. Steven Rose Steven Rose says:

    Great insights and perspective on some of the best games in recent history The insights on various leadership styles and thought processes are great outside of the hockey realm and even better for the big hockey fan I enjoyed how the story weaved through the adventure of how all the interviews were captured and each coaches personality I thought of all the other coaches that I would ve loved to hear from and didn t want it to end.

  8. ksgipe ksgipe says:

    I love hockey and write for a hockey website I have also followed Craig Custance for several years and try to read or listen to everything he puts out When I heard he wrote this book, I had to read it It is one of the best hockey books I ve ever read Every chapter is slightly different so there is no redundancy The best part is that the book has something for non hockey fans as well This is especially true of the Mike Babcock chapter which is filled with leadership thoughts that anyone can find useful.

  9. Customer Customer says:

    I was looking for insights into strategies and decisions coaches made Instead, most of the book is memories of the author meeting the coaches, did they have WiFi at their house, what was their house like, memories of driving his Winnebago, stuff like that Easy read, entertaining, not particularly focused on hockey coaching.