Updated: 12/22/2012 8:25 PM KSTP.com By: Chris Long
Twin Cities-based sports author Ross Bernstein interviewed over 150 former National Hockey League captains for his new publication "Wearing The 'C'".
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Bernstein has penned over 50 books - mostly sports-focused, and based on interviews he has conducted with sports luminaries.
"Wearing The 'C'" includes chats with dozens and dozens of famed NHL captains past and present.
"Phil Esposito, Ab McDonald, and Lou Nanne… the young guns: Zach Parise, Eric Staal, and Kyle Okposo," Bernstein says in his description of the book. "Icons Wayne Gretzky, Joe Sakic, and Steve Yzerman… The lead-by-example locker room guys: Scott Stevens, Brett Hull, and Mike Modano… the foreigners: Zdeno Chara, Mikko Koivu, and Igor Larionov… the coaches and GMs: Scotty Bowman, Glen Sonmor, and Larry Pleau… the father-son combos: JP & Zach Parise, and Pat & Erik Westrum… the siblings: The Hatcher boys — Derian & Kevin, as well as the Hankinson bros — Peter, Ben & Casey… and the grinders who wore it as a reward for doing the dirty work: Lance Pitlick, Mike Peluso, and Marty McSorley. Oh, and I included my buddy Natalie Darwitz too, captain of the 2010 U.S. Women’s Olympic team"
"I wanted to find out how players lead, and why they do what the do in order to be effective leaders," Bernstein continues. "Along the way I saw trends, patterns, and common denominators develop. I also recognized that there are many ways to lead, but not necessarily any one right way. Rather, it was more about how that individual chose to lead his way for the good of that particular team. He might be a fiery leader, loud, in your face, with no fear of calling out players in the locker room. Or, he might be a quiet, lead-by-example kind of a captain, who let his actions do the talking for him. Either way, they found a way to get the job done — because if they didn’t, they weren’t going to have that letter sewn onto their jersey for very long."