Behind The Moves

This email came yesterday and although it’s a plug for a book, I thought I’d pass it along to you because the book might be interesting.  We’ve also got a couple of days before the Habs meet the Leafs and this makes good space filler.

The sender of the email says he’s Brian Burke, President of the Toronto Maple Leafs, and I’ve never met the man, (although a guy here in Powell River told me he took Burke fishing a couple of times), and this is obviously a generic form letter sent out to legions of people. Somehow I got on the list. So I’m basically plugging somebody’s book for them, but I don’t mind. Maybe Brian Burke will put in a good word to Pierre Gauthier about the stick boy thing.

It does look like it could be a really good read, going behind the scenes of NHL general managers, but I must tell you, it’s not exactly cheap. (99 bucks).

Here’s the letter:

By now you’ve already heard about a book that I am truly excited about, Behind The Moves: NHL General Managers Tell How Winners Are Built Finally, a book has been compiled about the National Hockey League’s general managers, and by an author for whom I have great respect.

Behind the Moves is part encyclopedia, part history book, part manual for would-be managers. And it’s your ticket to the general manager’s office, where you’ll find out all about the trades, the championships, the negotiations with agents, and the day-to-day dealing with owners and the media. You’ll enjoy it, and you’ll learn a lot, too.

NHL GMs are busy guys, but I and 34 of the top GMs all-time have personally invested significant time, energy, and materials into the making of this book, giving you totally unique insight into pro hockey. Behind The Moves is not an outsiders account, it’s an insider’s view of what’s truly involved in being an NHL GM! For me, it has been a true honor to be associated with so many iconic hockey personalities through the making of Behind the Moves ? friends and colleagues like Glen Sather, Pat Quinn, and George McPhee, but also legends whom I was fortunate enough to overlap with like Bill Torrey, Emile Francis, and Sam Pollock. Like each of them, I am proud of our game’s history and tradition and the men who shaped the teams that have excited fans over the years. And because I was so impressed with the concept of Behind The Moves I jumped in and wrote the book’s Foreword.

I believe that the NHL’s general managers have been the brains and the conscience of the game since the league opened for business in 1917. Yet, surprisingly, little has been written about them. But is there a more important job on the team than the guy who puts the team together?

Like you, I’ve always been interested in knowing what other managers thought, so I could maybe learn to emulate certain types and avoid the other kinds. Behind the Moves is that playbook for all managers and those aspiring to get into, or move up in, the game. You’ll hear directly from the GMs who all share an undying passion for the game ? past managers, current managers, champions, tenured veterans, innovators, old-schoolers, educated men and men with diplomas marked “Original Six.”

 Brian Burke

President & General Manager, Toronto Maple Leafs

7 thoughts on “Behind The Moves”

  1. Hey Dennis. A thought here,maybe Brian Burke should,if this is in fact his book,should be thinking about replacing his coach in order to build a “winner” in Toronto.

  2. the habs and leafs used to be the greatest rivalry of all time. not now. the leafs have ruined it because they are so shitty. i find my self cheering for the leafs sometime because they are so sub par and have been for so long, it just does not matter. go for the underdog, as it were…………. old guys understand what this rivalry once was but younger fans have no idea. there is no reason for habs fans to despise the leafs because they are just minor league. will they ever become a real threat? not under brian burke master gm, writer, endorser, defender of sean avery

  3. Hobo, you are so right. This was a rivalry beyond rivalries. And because the Leafs have been so bad, younger people don’t understand the magnitude. Bur young or old, it’s always important to beat the Leafs. Just because. And Thursday is a great start.

  4. Hobo you nailed it. Previously the Canadiens vs Leafs rivalry was legendary, now its embarrassing to in the same league.

    I like Burke, he seems to have a good attitude, but he’s a lousy GM. The Leafs would have sucked regardless, but those high draft picks to Boston will make us suffer for years. I wonder what President Burke has to say about General Manager Burke’s performance.

  5. Chris, didn’t Burke also pay Mike Komisarek a zillion dollars to be the big star on the Leafs blueline?

  6. I remember in Ken Dryden’s excellent book ‘The Game’ (highly recommended) he said how disappointed he was in playing against the Leafs. And that was his feelings in the 70s!

    I have no problem with the Leafs (my hatred is aimed at the Bruins) and I actually do wish them well….but god, when is that ever going to happen?

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