By Brian Burke
The lifeblood of the National Hockey League is scouting, and its largely invisible army of unsung heroes consists of seven hundred or so full- and part-time scouts, both amateur and professional.
Here's an ad for a scouting position: (Wanted: NHL Amateur Scout. Need a keen eye for projecting how players who are seventeen will play when they are twenty-five years old in the best league in the world. Pay only fair, hours long, travel brutal. Bushels of criticism and scorn from the media when you're wrong. Faint praise when you're right. Multiple relocations likely over your career.÷An ad for a professional scout wouldn't be much different.
The Art of Scouting peels away the layers involved in securing players on your NHL roster. You have to find them, then draft them, then develop them into NHL players. Shane Malloy goes into great detail on the problem of unearthing players and getting them to the show. The information is accurate and interesting. But what makes this book fascinating is the overlay of expert commentary from the team personnel themselves. Every tale the author tells, every process he describes, is buttressed by commentary from the troops in the field, veteran insiders with savvy, know-how and a proven history of success.
The Art of Scouting is a book that every hockey fan will want to read. For the serious fan, and especially for the young man or woman who hopes to work in the field, this is a must-read.
Shane Malloy is no stranger to the business of hockey and no novice when it comes to writing about hockey prospects.
A donation from the proceeds of this book will go to the Brendan Burke Memorial Internship to assist college graduates pursuing a career in hockey operations. Brendan Burke Memorial Internship
The annual 12-month internship was recently announced and is intended for a recent college graduate interested in hockey operations as a career. The internship has been established in memory of the late Brendan Burke, who passed away unexpectedly on February 5, 2010, at age 21. Brendan, the son of Brian Burke, general manager of the 2010 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team, was a student at Miami University and served as a hockey operations assistant with Miami's men's ice hockey team.
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