Ideas and issues

Give Cammi Granato & US. Team a High Five!!

Submitted by GuestBlog on Thu, 03/01/2012 - 12:28 in Ideas and issues

The U.S. Olympic Committee announced the list of nominees eligible for induction into the 2012 U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame and invited fans to start voting for those athletes and teams they feel are most deserving of a spot in the Class of 2012. Give women’s hockey a boost and vote for both Cammi Granato, former Captain of Team USA and the 1998 US team that clinched the gold medal.

Here is a clause from the USOC’s “Terms of Use” section explaining who can vote:

The Site is controlled and operated by the USOC from within the United States of America. Unless otherwise specified, the materials contained in the Site are presented solely for the use of users located in the United States of America and its territories and possessions, excluding Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam and the Virgin Islands. Those who choose to access the Site from other jurisdictions do so at their own initiative and are solely responsible for compliance with applicable laws, rules and regulations. (WINIH is waiting for an explanation to determine whether this last clause means non residents of the US can vote).

The public is invited to vote for their preferred candidates and teams by visiting a dedicated voting portal at which will explain the background details. Voters will be allowed to vote once per day, per category, through to April 9, 2012.

OR go directly to this site and vote:

Once voting closes, the public vote totals will be added to the vote totals of Olympians, Paralympians and U.S. Olympic Family members to determine the six Olympians, one Paralympian and one team that will make up the 2012 class. The U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame Class of 2012 will be announced in May and inducted on July 12 during an induction ceremony at the Harris Theater in Chicago, Ill.

Behind The Moves:The Top NHL GMs Book.

Submitted by GuestBlog on Fri, 02/03/2012 - 15:14 in Ideas and issues

Behind the Moves: NHL Managers Tell How Winners Are Built. (reviewed from partial proofs)
By Jason Farris.

Jason Farris has created a unique look at leadership in Behind the Moves: NHL Managers Tell How Winners Are Built. Top NHL managers who made it to the Stanley Cup finals, in their own words, describe their approach to the business, culture and philosophy of managing a professional hockey team. Farris supplements the managers’ words, with quotes from an agent and a sports writer and gives each manager a historical context.

The central question answered by the book intrigued me? How has the NHL created such a strong network and community of managers who support and mentor each other in such a highly competitive arena?

Farris attributes it to lineage. "Behind the Moves originated with my view that GMs are connected by a lineage. Unlike other industries, they weren't just leaders recruited into their role; rather, they all played, coached, scouted or worked for or alongside other GMs on their way to the GM chair. This project began by tracing the professional genealogy of general management to understand how connected each one is, and determining which managers and organizations have been epicenters of executive development in the NHL."

Farris brings a business background to hockey; his last job was President and CEO of Citizens Bank of Canada. But this is his fourth book on hockey. Farris decided the key to understanding successful leadership in the NHL was to develop "executive-level relationships" with 35 Stanley Cup finalists:

“Through preparation and lines of inquiry that demonstrated an understanding of the subtleties of the challenges they confront, I set out to build executive-level relationships with each of them, so that they would in turn respond with long-form insights they haven’t articulated publicly before, thus giving fans and students of the game a true sense of their leadership experiences and process.”

It is also interesting to note that Jason Farris began a new job in January 2012 as executive vice-president of business operations and development for the NHL team, the Dallas Stars, a position which blends both his passions.

What does this book offer the women’s elite hockey world? I think a lot. While the Canadian Women’s Hockey League has a long way to go before its players are vying for million dollar contracts, there are some strong unifying concepts that the women’s league can model today. Lead. Mentor and be mentored. Collaborate and work together. Build a community. And develop those executive level relationships and include some of the NHL managers who have figured it out.

Photo: Jason Farris (left) with Brian Burke, General Manager of Maple Leafs at the Rotman School of Business in Toronto discussing Behind the Moves...

Quick facts
Pages: 252
Size: 10x 12 inch hardcover.
Photos: approximately 60 colour and 20 b/w.
Price: $99.95
Orders: books only available through web site:

Table of Contents
Essay on NHL General Management by John Ziegler
NHL President (1977 — 1992)

Introduction to the GM Community
Plus, An owner’s guide to hiring and evaluating a GM • The GM community •
Paths to the GM chair • Off the record • GM lingo and unwritten rules

Part I The Modern Era GMs who built Stanley Cup Contenders
Plus, Expansion tales • Coaching versus managing •
Then versus now • The business and growth of the game

Part II The Challenges of being a GM
Getting hired and succeeding as an NHL GM • Dealing with Ownership •
Agents • Players • Coaches • The media • Scouting and drafting • Free agency and
arbitration • Information clearinghouse • Managing under the salary cap • Addressing
the team • Fostering team chemistry • Building for the playoffs • Wheeling and dealing •
Espionage, conspiracy and tomfoolery • High stakes negotiations

Part III The GM Godfathers

Part IV Other GMs who Shaped the Game
Early GM pioneers • Tenured GMs • Honored GM builders

Part V The all-time NHL GM Roster
Biographies of the 174 men who have been an NHL GM

Afterword The Last Word to Ownership
Mike & Marian Ilitch, Owners, Detroit Red Wings
Tim Leiweke, President & CEO, AEG (LA Kings parent company)

Appendix GM Statistical Records


Behind the Moves Coming Feb.3, 2012

Submitted by GuestBlog on Fri, 01/27/2012 - 12:17 in Ideas and issues

Coming Friday Feb. 3, 2012.

A review of the new book Behind the Moves, NHL Managers Tell How Winners Are Built by Jason Farris, recently appointed executive vice president of business operations and development for the Dallas Stars. Behind the Moves is based on in-person interviews with all but one (Mike Keenan declined) of the 35 living GMs who have taken their team to the Stanley Cup finals.

Jason Farris interviewed Brian Burke at the Rotman School of Business on Jan.25th which WINIH attended so will post a peak into the “Den of Thieves,” a term used to describe the hockey business according to Behind the Moves.

Chemistry: Former Cdn. Captain Stacy Wilson

Submitted by Elizabeth Etue on Wed, 01/18/2012 - 18:08 in Chemistry, Ideas and issues

Stacy Wilson was captain of Team Canada from 1995/98 retiring after the 98 Oympics. She played from 1989 to 1998. Wilson also worked as an assistant coach at the University of Minnesota-Duluth for five seasons from 1999-2004 and Bowdoin College for three years resigning in 2007.
A native of Salisbury, New Brunswick, Wilson attended Acadia University in Nova Scotia, where she is the only female member of the school's Hockey Hall of Fame.

Here is an excerpt from an interview in 2007 with Elizabeth Etue on her passionate belief in team chemistry.

1. What exactly is team chemistry?

Team chemistry is an energy that is incredibly powerful,,,so much so, that average skilled teams that have good team chemistry can compete with and often times defeat higher skilled teams that have bad team chemistry or teams that don’t have any chemistry at all. I have seen this happen many times at all levels of sport...from high school to the olympics. Team chemistry is a feeling, a momentum of combined energies…it feels like you are unstoppable when you are the one/team who has it.

2. What do you see when you experience its presence in a team?

You see:A high intensity of purpose during competition, training and practice times.
An acceptance of roles within a team along with pride in those individual roles regardless of their perceived importance by those outside of the team (the pride part is very important and this is nurtured within the team).
An appreciation and acknowledgement of the strengths of others on the team.
Team members reminding and demanding the best from each other.Belief in the plan and each other
Team members and staff with energy.
You can see the relentless determination and absolute belief in their eyes…can be scary if you are the opponent.

3. What is missing when you sense that a team is lacking good chemistry?

Care, respect and appreciation…for others, for ideas different than one’s own, for the team plan, for the opportunity to do and be part of something wonderful.

4. Where does it come from?

Good chemistry comes from the people who are part of the team having such a strong desire to achieve a common goal that they are all willing to sacrifice what they need to in order to make it a reality…but, unlike most sacrifices, it feels good to sacrifice for the sake of the team and the ultimate goal…it becomes part of the team culture and it feels good to be a part of it. Sometimes it comes about quite naturally and other times it takes a great deal of effort on behalf of the leaders of the group.

5. What flows from good (bad or the lack of good) chemistry?

Good: performances well beyond what would otherwise be possible, strong positive bonds between team members, positive energy flow and when you are part of it, it is a very powerful and enjoyable time.

Bad: performances are lower than team potential, bad feelings between team members, a great deal of wasted energy, and when you are a part of it…it is painful and draining.


Japan and Korea Cancel All Participation in 2011.

Submitted by Elizabeth Etue on Thu, 03/31/2011 - 16:35 in Ideas and issues

The following are changes in countries participating in World Championships 2011.

Japan Cancels Participation for 2011.

The Japanese Ice Hockey Federation have told the International Ice Hockey Federation that due to the crisis in Japan as a result of the earthquake and subsequent catastrophic development, the JIHF was left with no other option than to cancel the respective national teams’ participation in the three upcoming 2011 IIHF World Championship events:

World Championship Division I Group A (in Budapest, Hungary)
World U18 Championship Division I Group A (in Riga, Latvia)
World Women’s Championship Division I (in Ravensburg, Germany)

In the letter to the IIHF, the Japanese Ice Hockey Federation explained that it is a moral obligation at a time of national grief to shift priorities and forgo participation in the three world championship tournaments.

Korea Withdraws for Financial Reasons.

The Ice Hockey Association of DPR Korea informed the IIHF that it has decided to withdraw the DPR Korea entries for both men and women’s team from their respective IIHF World Championship tournaments in 2011 due to financial reasons.

The DPR Korea women’s team were to travel to Caen, France to take part in the 2011 IIHF World Women Championship Division II scheduled from April 4-14. Korea will forfeit all games. The Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Great Britain and Italy are the remaining teams competing.

The men’s team were scheduled to play in the 2011 IIHF World Championship Division II Group A (April 4-14) in Melbourne, Australia.