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Dan Diamond (born January 7 1954) is a Canadian publisher, author and editor specialized in books about sports in general and (ice) hockey in particular.

His 40 -year involvement with sports began in his hometown of Winnipeg where he attended junior, senior, minor pro and international hockey games in the late 1950s and early 1960s. As a 13 year old, he was a volunteer pressbox assistant at the 1967 Pan-Am Games, managing to see every sport at least once.

Since 1984, he has built his company, Dan Diamond and Associates, Inc. (DDA), into a successful business providing information and publishing services to clients in sports. For 23 years, he has been the National Hockey League’s consulting publisher, producing hockey’s statistical bible, the annual NHL Official Guide & Record Book. His redesign and marketing plan for the NHL Guide has turned it into the leading statistical annual in sports. As database and desktop publishing technologies have been introduced, he has incorporated them into the production of the NHL Guide & Record Book, resulting in faster turnaround, increased accuracy, and the publication of numerous new features and enhancements. In addition, he has built a comprehensive historical hockey database and has expanded his business by selling data to a variety of clients including web site operators, trading card companies, actuaries, salary arbitrators and the hockey operations departments of NHL clubs.

He is a member of the Society for International Hockey Research.

Diamond also edited Total NHL, a 928-page reference work released in 2003, and, working with Total Sports Publishing of Kingston, New York, Total Hockey, a comprehensive 1,984-page encyclopedia published in October, 1998 and revised in October, 2000. A related book, Total Stanley Cup, was released in April 2000 and has been revised annually.
He was named to The Hockey News list of 100 People of Power and Influence in Hockey for the year 2000.

He recently has designed, edited and manufactured several important sports books including Champions on Ice: 25 Years of the World’s Finest Figure Skaters (2002); The Toronto Blue Jays 25th Anniversary Commemorative Book (2001); 99: My Life In Pictures (1999), a pictorial autobiography of Wayne Gretzky with John Davidson; and Maple Leaf Gardens: Memories and Dreams (1999), a deluxe book of Toronto sports and entertainment history published to mark the closing of the oldest arena in the NHL.

As president of DDA, he has established ongoing series of children’s books and deluxe gift books about hockey. Offerings include Champion Defencemen, Top Rookies, Great Goalies and Amazing Forwards (children’s series) and The Spirit of the Game: Exceptional Photographs from the Hockey Hall of Fame' (Random House, 1995). DDA was also hired by the New York Rangers to design, edit and produce final film on a book titled 1994: The Official Commemorative Book of the New York Rangers Stanley Cup Championship.

He participated in the planning of the NHL’s 75th anniversary season (1991-92), and produced two deluxe best-selling books: The NHL Stanley Cup Centennial Book (McLelland & Stewart 1992) and The Official NHL 75th Anniversary Commemorative Book (1991 M&S). He also wrote the script for a one-hour TV documentary entitled The Stanley Cup, A Century of Magic Moments broadcast on ESPN in the U.S. and Global TV in Canada. Other books about the sport produced by Diamond include Forever Rivals – Leafs vs. Canadiens (Random House 1996) and Hockey: The Illustrated History (Doubleday, 1986).

Dan Diamond worked closely with Canada Post in the production of a 32-page booklet and three postage stamps to mark the NHL’s 75th Anniversary. In addition, he provided research and copywriting in support of commemoratives issued to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the 1972 Canada–Russia series as well as an annual set of six NHL All-Star player stamps first issued in 2000.

His company was also contracted to edit all display copy that appears in the internationally acclaimed Hockey Hall of Fame that opened in downtown Toronto in June of 1993. He has also provided consulting publisher’s services to the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Philadelphia Flyers, the Hockey Hall of Fame, Andrews-McMeel Publishing of Kansas City, Canadian Controlled Media Communications and the World Cup of Hockey.

DDA produced detailed media guides packed with biographical detail and statistics for the World Cup of Hockey in 1996 and 2004 as well as an acclaimed guide to NHL players at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and Turin.

Outside of hockey, Diamond has edited three deluxe books about figure skating. His company has produced the Toronto Blue Jays Official Guide annually since 1986 and has also published guide books on indoor soccer, arena football and gardening.

He produced an English-language telecast of the Japanese major-league baseball all-star game for ESPN in 1987. Before working in sports, he published a newsletter for Canadian tax planners and was co-founder of two news-and-features periodicals. He also worked as an on-air radio host and television current affairs producer for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in Winnipeg.

He is active in community politics in Toronto, and campaigned for the re-election of Councillor Joe Mihevc. Diamond also supported former NHL goaltender, author and hockey executive Ken Dryden in his campaign for the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada in December of 2006.



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