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A glimpse behind the scenes of the National Hockey League. Inside the NHL Dream puts a human face to those who work inside the league. It’s for anyone who dares to dream and go after what they want.

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  • 1. Inside the NHL DreamA look inside the National Hockey League

2. On the BubbleDwayne Roloson remembers his experience. It was my first training camp. The Calgary Flames had Trevor Kidd and that was about it. They sent me down, and I was really frustrated. We just came back from a road trip and bang! Youre in the airport with a ticket to Saint John. Its like something blew up inside you. Youre walking on something, and it just dropped out from underneath you. Youve got to bite the bit and go, go, go, and do what youve got to do every day to get back up. Being sent up and down is like an emotional roller coaster. Usually when you get sent down, you kind of lose a step. You have to step back and try to see whats going on and get your mind back into where you were before. A lot of times, its hard to do. Even when you get called up, its like, Well, am I coming up or coming up for a game and going back down? Thats probably one of the toughest parts of the game. You basically have to deal with it on your own. 3. The Draft FloorPhotographer: Debbie Elicksen 4. Curtis Cujo JosephPhotograph by Debbie Elicksen 5. The One-Dollar DealKris Draper was traded to Detroit from Winnipeg in 1993/94 for future considerations. To finalize the deal, there had to be a transaction, such as a draft pick or money. When Bryan Murray made the call from Detroit, Mike Smith said, Give us a dollar and an official trade. I never found out if it was an American or Canadian dollar. When we won the Stanley Cup in 1997, and it was fan appreciation night, all the players stood up and said thank you. When I stood up, I had a U.S. dollar in my pocket. I went over and gave it to Mr. and Mrs. Ilitch and told them, I know it was a tough time making this trade. It cost you a dollar, and I just wanted to give you the dollar back. They have that dollar framed in their corporate office. 6. Paul KariyaPhotographer: Debbie ElicksenPhotographer: Debbie Elicksen 7. Photographer: Debbie ElicksenMike Modano 8. Not So Instant Replay John Garrett recollects a major distraction while playing goal for the Hartford Whalers at the old Landover rink in Washington one of the first rinks to install a Jumbotron. I look up the ice, and its a two on two. They come in, the guy throws it across, and all of a sudden, its a two on one. The guy has an empty net to score. Im thinking, what happened to my other defenseman? Im watching the Jumbotron. As Im watching the Jumbotron, they dropped the puck. RW Mike Gartner tees one up from behind the blue line and scores. At the last second, I look down. Hes scoring, and Im still watching the Jumbotron. Coach Don Blackburn gets me to come to the bench and sit down. The other goalie goes in. He says, You can watch the Jumbotron as much as you want, now. Youre games over. 9. Jeff Cowan and Grant FuhrPhotographer: Debbie Elicksen 10. Photographer: Debbie ElicksenDave Lowry and Friends 11. Photographer: Debbie ElicksenClaude Vilgrain and Stan Fischler 12. Photographer: Debbie ElicksenBrendan Shanahan 13. Training Camp WoesWhen retired LW Dave Lowry was a 19-year-old rookie with Vancouver, at his first training camp, he questioned his childhood dream of playing in the NHL. The coach was Bill Laforge, who oversaw all of 20 games for the Canucks in 1984-85. Scrimmage teams had two minutes to take off their skates and run a mile in their gear if they lost.Unfortunately, I was on a team that didnt win a game in training camp, recalls Lowry.Laforge set up 13 stations for some unusual drills: jumping in and out of the bench; sparring in a circle; running in and out of sticks; run in and hit the boards; players lining up on the top of the circles on both sides then skating as hard as they could to run over each other behind the net.Lowry sort of wished he would be sent down (to the minors). I thought if this is what pro hockey is like, I dont know if I want to stay. 14. Photographer: Debbie Elicksen 15. Photographer: Debbie Elicksen 16. Photographer: Debbie ElicksenIan Laperriere and Chris Pronger 17. Trading SidewaysIt was trade deadline. Kelly Kisio was in his second year in San Jose under coach George Kingston. San Jose was in Chicago. About a half- hour before the deadline, I got traded to Chicago. I talked to Darryl Sutter (then a Chicago coach), who said, come on down tonight and well get your gear over to our dressing room. Well decide if you play tonight. I phoned my wife, phoned my agent, everything was fine. Before leaving for the rink, the trade was nullified. A fax didnt go through. Kisio spoke with Chicago head coach Mike Keenan, who said they couldnt do anything about it, go home, and theyd sort it out. I went home and cleaned my garage for two days, didnt hear from anybody. The deal didnt go through. I got back to the dressing room in time for a team picture with San Jose. Chicago went to the finals that year. 18. Photographer: Debbie ElicksenDerek Morris 19. Photographer: Debbie ElicksenJarome Iginla 20. Photographer: Debbie ElicksenDarcy Tucker 21. Photographer: Debbie ElicksenTheoren Fleury 22. Photographer: Debbie ElicksenJaromir Jagr 23. Photographer: Debbie ElicksenLuc Robitaille 24. Photographer: Debbie ElicksenMike Babcock 25. Photographer: Debbie ElicksenMichael Peca 26. Photographer: Debbie ElicksenMike Ricci 27. Photographer: Debbie ElicksenScotty Bowman 28. Photographer: Debbie ElicksenMats Sundin 29. Photographer: Debbie ElicksenSteve Smith and Sheri Forde 30. All Dogs Go To SwitzerlandMinnesota LW Pascal Dupuis spent the 2004-05 lockout season playing in the Swiss-2 league with HC Ajoie. Although he only played eight games (5-5-10), he brought his whole family over, including the dog and cat.Obviously, every time you cross the border, Canada to U.S. or international, you have to go to the vet and get some proof of their shots. I had to do that over there and here.Its not something very many people do from overseas. Dupuis had to go to a vet that specialized in horses in order to get his papers filled so his pets could return home. 31. The Book A behind the scenes look at the National Hockey League (2001). Available in ePub or PDF. $1.99 Trades, travel, time commitments, family sacrifices, the physical toll, and what its like to live on the bubble. Inside the NHL Dream puts a human face to those who work inside the league. Its for anyone who dares to dream and go after what they want. Click here to buy: http://www.freelancepublishing.net/wp/books/ 32. Contact Informationhttp://www.freelancepublishing.net/wp/https://www.facebook.com/debbie.elicksenhttp://www.youtube.com/user/debbieelicksenhttp://www.youtube.com/user/delicksenhttp://about.me/debbie.elicksenhttp://pinterest.com/debbieelicksen/https://plus.google.com/u/0/100541659917578195502/postshttps://twitter.com/bookpublish101