Here is a comprehensive playoff of the blood, sweat and fears of the game where ""half the glory is gory."" The authors give detailed histories of each major team in the U.S. and Canada with an analysis of their records according to the influences -- managers, coaches, players. Part two deals with such giants as the coordinated Bentley Brothers, the hall of fame hypochondriac Frank Brimsek, ""the something that was only once"" scoring demon Howie Morenz, Canada's ""Royal Family"" the Patricks, the most heroic yet hated player-coach-manager of them all Eddie Shore, the amazingly durable Gordie Howe, flashy Bobby Hull and clown prince Jean Baptiste Pusie. On the other side of the puck there's the world's worst goalie in Steve Buzine, the great Gambling Scandal and enough bruises and bruisers to fill a hospital infirmary. All very snappily recalled and it should put the fan on ice.