CBC HNIC/Elliotte Friedman

// October 31st, 2012 // Filed under Press Box

By Elliotte Friedman
Posted: Wednesday, July 18, 2012 | 09:13 AM


During the Stanley Cup playoffs, I had time to read Behind the Moves, which is basically a 252-page oral history of hockey’s general managers. It’s written by Jason Farris, who is now a Dallas Stars executive vice-president.

The book is outstanding. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to re-read it, this time putting together a structured notes package on its subjects.

One of the best things about working at HNIC is the access it allows. However, Farris, who has more of a business background than a sportswriting one, got these guys to reveal quite a bit about their philosophies and thought processes. That includes guys who tend to be quite secretive, like Lou Lamoriello and Pierre Lacroix. The group was also very honest about each other.

It is available solely through a website called nhlgms.com. There will be a little bit of sticker shock, but I’d absolutely recommend it. Even if you’re not a total hockey puck, the insight into how GMs think probably applies to other sports.

Quite honestly, I’m jealous I’m not the one who got to write it.

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