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The Spirit of the Game This was one of the most inspiring books I have ever read It spoke about periods of time throughout the evolving of one of Americas most intense and loved games The book was split up into two large sections and then divided into chapters inside the sections The first section was called The Spirit The first chapter of this section deals with the early stages of development in the game From the beginning hockey was known as a sport of integrity grit hard work all mixed in with a little class Some of the most influential hockey players of all time such as Dan Bain Goaltender for the 1899-1900 Winnipeg Victorias represented all these things that represent what hockey is all about The next chapter in the section is called Team Game This chapter in my opinion talks about the most important part of the game which is teamwork In the beginning hockey did not have all the individually talented players of today it was all about the team The 1932 Detroit Falcons which would soon be renamed the Red Wings were a prime example of a 1920-1950s-hockey team Not one player on the team tried to put their own individual statistics before the team no matter how good they were With this intense team playing style they won the Stanley cup the following season The next and final chapter in section 1 was Behind the Bench The most substantial role is not being played on the ice but behind the bench by the coaches The coaches in any sport set the tone and mood of their team During the game the coach is probably ranked higher than the players mother in the authority category This gives the coach almost unlimited power Coaches become very close to their players and learn ways to get them to perform individually as well as a team player Coaches become as
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