The NHL Official Guide & Record Book
is the complete statistical record of the National Hockey League
, published annually by the league. It contains detailed year-by-year data on 2,000 active players, all-time records, club rosters, NHL Entry Draft
information, along with player and goaltender data panels and photos. It has long been considered "the bible of (ice) hockey” and is the book the NHL issues to reporters, broadcasters, scouts and general managers. It is a large-format paperback book and has been in print since 1932.
The first editions were edited by Hockey Hall of Fame
Honoured Member James C. Hendy
. League publicist Ken McKenzie
took over editing beginning in 1947. He would later become the founding editor-publisher of The Hockey News
. Statisticians Ron Andrews and Carol Randall managed the book during the NHL's expansion eras of the 1960s, 1970s and into the 1980s. Benny Ercolani has been the Head Statistician since the 1980s.
By the mid 1980s, the old digest-sized
format of the NHL Guide
could no longer accommodate the increased number of league players and clubs. Early in 1984, Dan Diamond
, a Toronto-based editor and publisher, proposed a redesign and reorganization of the NHL Guide
, converting it to a magazine-sized page and incorporating photographs for the first time. The NHL accepted Diamond's proposal and the redesigned format made its first appearance in the fall of 1984 in a 352 page edition. Twenty-five years later, the book had grown to 656... Read More