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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 firstname.lastname@example.org