For serious fans of the NHL (and Channel 5 coverage!) this encyclopedia ranks alongside those other volumes of stats for the major North American sports of Baseball, Basketball and Football. With detailed breakdowns of the teams, players, last season's records and historical records this volume would be difficult to beat. The entry on 'The Great One' - Wayne Gretzky was a must. One complaint would be the quality of the paper which does not give the impression of lasting the test of time, but for the price this is, as it claims on the back cover, 'six hockey books in one'.