Sunday, March 27, 2011

Hockey Tournament raises $24,0000 for Imagine Syracuse

Announcing the Championship Game between O'Brien & Gere and C & S Companies gave me a new appreication for all Sports Broadcasters. I only messed up a few times.  Not bad for my first time in the booth!
I was truly impressed by the level of talent on the teams.  This was the 10th annual Benefit Hockey Tournament for engineering and project delivery firms O'Brien & Gere and ARCADIS

Great hockey at the War Memorial for a great cause.  Imagine Syracuse provides free after-school arts and enrichment to more than 150 children in the Near West Side of Syracuse- -the 9th poorest census tract in the COUNTRY.

This is the much coveted trophy.  Designed by their very own engineers!  It goes back to O'Brien & Gere this year.  Congratulations!

Lots of great action on the ice!
I  alsogot to meet some Puck Hog fans who love to read!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Hockey Tournament to Support Imagine Syracuse

O’Brien & Gere and ARCADIS Benefit to Support Imagine Syracuse

Hockey Tournament will Raise Funds for Underserved Children in Central New York

SYRACUSE, NY – Engineering and project delivery firms O’Brien & Gere and ARCADIS are pleased to announce the 10th Annual Benefit Hockey Tournament to benefit Imagine Syracuse. The event will take place at the Oncenter War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, NY on Saturday, March 26, 2011 from 12:30 – 5:00pm, prior to the Syracuse Crunch game. Now in its tenth year, C&S Companies and Employees of National Grid have joined the fundraising event to support underserved children in Central New York. The event is free and all proceeds will go to Imagine Syracuse.

The tournament aims to raise $20,000 or more to enable the non-profit agency to sustain free after-school arts and enrichment programs for disadvantaged school-age children. The event will open with family skating followed by two games, including consolation and championship games, announced by News Channel 9 anchor Christie Casciano and played by members of the four participating companies. The event will also include contests, raffles, and an online silent auction with a variety of items from an autographed Jim Boeheim basketball to an overnight stay at Mirbeau Inn & Spa in Skaneateles, NY and airline tickets to Florida.

This event, which began as a friendly hockey rivalry between O’Brien & Gere and ARCADIS in 2001, has become an annual tournament that has raised over $70,000 for local causes and communities in Central New York. Past recipients have included Ronald McDonald Charities of Central New York, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Awareness, the American Red Cross of Central New York, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Imagine SyracuseImagine Syracuse is a non-profit agency who helps Build-A-Bridge to the community by providing free arts and enrichment for underserved children in Central New York. The agency’s goal is to capitalize on existing community and personal assets in the vibrant Near Westside neighborhood, bolstering their efforts to provide an impermeable net of positive support and innovative programming for children.

O’Brien & Gere

O’Brien & Gere is an employee-owned engineering and project delivery company with over 850 scientists, engineers, construction, and operations personnel located in 30 offices across the U.S. With a 65-year history of applying technology and innovation, O’Brien & Gere is a leader in providing total water, energy, environmental, and facility solutions for its public and private sector clients.


ARCADIS is a global network of business professionals that provides project management, consultancy and engineering services to enhance mobility, sustainability and quality of life. ARCADIS develops, designs, implements, maintains and operates projects for companies and governments. With 13,000 employees and $1.9 billion in gross revenue the company is multi-nationally present with a close-knit local network. Expertise and experience are of international significance.

C&S Companies

Full-service, project delivery specialists—the C&S team includes more than 400 professionals and tradespeople engaged in making our built environments stronger, our natural environments richer, and all our environments more sustainable. Our business purpose is to advance quality of life in an ever-changing world. www

Monday, March 14, 2011


Split Rock Elementary
  I was so impressed with these elementary students!  We talked about the teamwork theme of the book, and they quickly shared their own stories of dealing with puck hogs and ball hogs. When I asked for specifics on the impact selfish actions ( like Eddie's) can have on others, they nailed it! They're encouraging a sequel and came up with some great story lines.  The kids would like to see Eddie's father learn a lesson in the Puck Hog 2.  Others felt as if Eddie wasn't completely cured of his puck hogging ways, and ought to be challenged by another puck hog on the team. 
         I guess I better get writing again, as I encouraged all of them to do each day and discover writing as a wonderful way of expressing yourself.

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

A Puck Hog Mention on 93Q's Ted & Amy Show

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

The Puck Hog makes School Bell News
Morgan Road Elementary

Casciano Shares Children’s Book with MRE

News Channel 9 anchor Christie Casciano recently visited Morgan Road Elementary to talk with students about becoming a children’s book author, and to share her latest creation, The Puck Hog, with them. The book, which was illustrated by her sister Rose Mary Casciano Moziak, tells the story of a youth hockey team that features a player who won’t share the puck with his teammates. Casciano told everyone that she and her sister hope to achieve three goals with this book (just like a “hat-trick” in hockey). “Our first goal
is to get kids passionate about reading and writing; our second goal is to get kids excited
about staying physically fit; and our third goal is to help them appreciate, understand and
Value teamwork and to recognize that cooperation is such an important lifelong lesson,”
she said. The MRE Parent Teacher Organization presented Casciano with an appreciation
basket as a thank you for her informative presentation. Pictured with the author and
news anchor are fourth-graders Ryan Valentine,  left, and Nicholas Klein. In addition to
her visit at MRE, Casciano also visited with students at Donlin Drive, Elmcrest, Liverpool
and Soule Road elementary schools. For more information about MRE, visit the school’s Web
site at

Book Signing Monday with Syracuse Crunch Players!

Please join us Monday, March 14th, 5:00pm,  at TOPS Friendly Market in Camillus!

The Puck Hog makes a stop at Lanigan Elementary
NewsChannel 9’s Christie Casciano Visits Lanigan

Written by: Contributor
Mar 09, 2011 at 10:00 am
Author and WSYR NewsChannel 9 anchor Christie Casciano stopped by Lanigan Elementary School to share with fourth and fifth grade students a book that she recently wrote entitled The Puck Hog. The book follows the story of a youth hockey team vying to be the best in their league and the obstacles that they face when one of their own teammates acts selfishly and unsportsmanlike. The book parallels the character education program at Lanigan Elementary School by promoting a message of teamwork, communication, and respect while also instilling in young readers the importance of making responsible decisions and choices. As an example of her emphasis on teamwork, Casciano asked students Tyler Ruttan and Courtney Miner, left, to demonstrate a ‘tape to tape’ pass.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The Puck Hog at Hastings-Mallory Elementary

Not many hockey players at Hastings-Mallory Elementary School, but they sure nailed it when it came to understanding the importance of providing "assists" in life. Great job kids!
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More Press for The Puck Hog

TV Anchor Shares Hockey Mom Experience in Book

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SYRACUSE — When NewsChannel 9 (WSYR-TV) anchor Christie Casciano isn’t busy with the news on television or on B104.7 (WBBS) radio, or going after criminals for the TV station’s “On the Lookout” series, you may not know she’s a “hockey mom.” And now she’s sharing the experience of bringing up two young hockey players — a boy and a girl — in a new book.
    The book is called “The Puck Hog” and it features illustrations by Christie’s sister, Rose Mary Moziak.
A recent edition of “Max” magazine featured an article by Dan Bernardi about the book: you can read it here. Christie also has a Facebook page set up for the book, including announcements about some upcoming signings at various book stores and at Syracuse Crunch hockey games.
Christie Casciano, Clear Channel Communications, Newport Television, WBBS, WSYR-TV
    To schedule a school or rink appearance, contact her via e-mail