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Product Details

  • Series: Images of America
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing (March 25, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738598348
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738598345
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #246,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Veteran anchor and reporter Christie Casciano is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and a popular children's author. Tim Fox is a longtime reporter and producer who developed the morning show Bridge Street. Lou Gulino has more than 30 years experience in the Syracuse market, working at one time or another at WTVH, WSTM, and WSYR. Sources for images come from the Onondaga Historical Association, most local stations, newspaper archives, and personal photographs.

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Positive Coaching Alliance has placed The Puck Hog on their recommended reading list! "This delightful book for children ages 6-9 teaches an important lesson about teamwork. Set in Syracuse, where Casciano is a TV news anchor and mother of two youth hockey players, the book focuses on a youth hockey team's struggle with the title character, a dominant scorer who won't pass the puck. The book presents coping mechanisms for players who find themselves facing teamwork challenges and can start discussions between sports parents and their children," says PAC.

The "Maven" also finds the book delightful, "Having read "The Puck Hog" to my grandchildren--I have five; two in Portland, Oregon and three in Israel--I can attest that it is a sweetheart of a story, and you don't have to be a hockey aficionado to appreciate it or find it a swell read. If I had one lasting impression from "The Puck Hog," it was that I only wish that it had been on the shelf of my local Brooklyn library in Tompkins Park when I was looking for a hockey book one winter's afternoon in 1939."
Author-columnist-commentator Stan "The Maven" Fischler, New York City, March 2012

The Puck Hog is a book with real character(s),based on my children's youth hockey experiences. As a hockey parent, raising two children with a passion for the game, I found myself with plenty of free time in the stands. As I watched my children battle their hearts out on the ice, and practice their wrist shots, drills and spills, I got inspired to write this story. My goal is to help children understand the importance of sharing and caring about each other, on the ice and in life itself.

My daughter Sophia and son Joe had a lot of input on this story,from the locker room scenarios to the split second decisions that are made on the ice. There were some seasons they never wanted to see end, but not because the team was made up of particularly gifted young hockey players. Rather, it was the way they looked out for each other, cheered everyone on, and were just having fun! In the stands, my heart would just melt when some of the more advanced players, in a great position to score, instead would pass the puck to a teammate who hadn't yet experienced the thrill of seeing the puck in the net. Those unselfish acts are forever etched in my mind. Those are the kinds of moments that matter. The ones that got me fired up to write The Puck Hog!

One particularly fiery game got me fired up enough to create the character of a puck-hogging teammate named Eddie. Based on all of the hands that go up during my classroom visits, a lot of kids are familiar with, or have dealt with an Eddie. Ask them what it's like for them and they unanimously answer...no fun! Maybe we can change that. What matters most is the journey.


Christie Casciano Burns is a television news anchor in Syracuse, New York.
Christie is a graduate of Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. She has been an award winning reporter and anchor for WSYR-TV since 1986. She also provides morning newsupdates for the popular B104.7 country radio station. Schools have praised her presentation called Read, Write and Assist, as she shares her passion for writing and encourages the value of teamwork. Her sister, Rose Mary Moziak, The Puck Hog's illustrator,also joins her in the classroom for hands on art demonstrations. Christie is now scheduling appearances for next school year. You can follow Christie throughout the hockey season on her Syracuse Hockey Mom's Network, www.thepuckhog.blogspot.com, and become a fan on The Puck Hog Facebook Fan page. Christie can be reached at christiecasciano@gmail.com

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Lots of amazing photos and the stories behind them.
MsC1953
I really enjoy the pictures, and now they are all in one handy place.
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This book brings back many memories of when I was a kid.
Lorraine Y. Conner

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MsC1953 on April 7, 2013
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This is a well written and presented history of Syracuse television is also a great depiction of Syracuse and American culture in the latter half of the 20th century. Lots of amazing photos and the stories behind them. A great book! A great gift to someone interested in the past or anyone who lived through the golden age of local television broadcasting!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lorraine Y. Conner on April 26, 2013
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This book brings back many memories of when I was a kid. I also worked at 2 of these stations for almost 30 years. Lots and lots of memories. It is worth it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By NY 2 AZ on January 19, 2014
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As part of the radio and television industry during the heyday years in Syracuse, I purchased this book as a stocking stuffer for my husband. Great behind the scenes shots and stories of his years as WTVH. Wonderful trip down memory lane and preserved the Good times when quality broadcasting meant more than just the almighty dollar!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Zbikowski on January 18, 2014
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This was a great nostalgic tour through five decades of TV history, covering a lot of what made local TV unique, including news operations that no longer exist. My only disappointment was not finding any mention of Syracuse Bowls, which aired on Sundays for many years.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By drummike46 on January 7, 2014
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If you're a fan of local nostalgia, and I am, this book is a perfect look back at the glory days of Syracuse television. Filled with great photos and informative anecdotes, this book is a winner that will be enjoyed by anyone over the age of 40 who remembers those glory years of Syracuse media.
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