Monday, October 22, 2012

Syracuse Crunch Stars Assigned to Book Signing

    Hi everyone.  Exciting news from the Syracuse Crunch.  We're getting two of their best players for
the release of Haunted Hockey in Lake Placid, the Puck Hog Volume 2!
     Pierre-Cedric Labrie and Eric Neilson will join us at 6pm Wednesday at Barnes and Noble in DeWitt.  Hope to see you there!


Friday, October 12, 2012

Hockey in the Classroom

Sophia joined me today at the Syracuse Academy of Science to share her passion for reading and hockey! We taught the kids how to pull off a tape to tape pass and stressed the importance of teamwork.


How do you hold a stick wearing this?

Read more and score!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Inspirations for The Puck Hog 2

  We're getting closer to the release of Haunted Hockey in Lake Placid,  the Puck Hog volume 2!   Holden Sarosy "drew" the inspiration for one of my favorite illustrations in the book (once again done by my sister).  What do you think? 

Hope to see you at the book signing on the 24th 6:00pm at Barnes and Noble in DeWitt!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Defy Convention. Play Hockey!

   We were shocked and not the least bit thrilled when our son, eight years old at the time, announced to us he wanted to play hockey. I heard the evil stories of 5am practices, unheated rinks, weekends and holidays that are jammed with games and tournaments. The cost, the travel, the time! 9 years later, I haven't regretted a day and I am grateful for every season he's played. Even more so now, after reading his latest essay.  My now 17- year old was asked to write an essay on how he defies convention.    

                       Challenged and Inspired by Hockey 
                                                      by Joe Burns
    I defy convention through my work ethic which developed and grew through my years of playing hockey.  My generation has grown up expecting things to come to them instantly, in a snap! So much so that we have now been dubbed "generation now." Please don't lump me in that category. I'm the type of person who likes to work toward their goal, no matter how long it may take. 
     When I started playing hockey, at the age of eight, most of the kids around me were tremendously more advanced.  They started skating as soon as they could walk.  This certainly didn't give me the "edge" in this fast and furious sport. But instead of hanging up the skates, I was motivated to work even harder.  I became determined to catch up to the kids who could literally skate circles around me and make the elite travel team.   I dedicated an entire summer of my young life to hockey, practicing every day and shooting on the net in my driveway over and over again until my parents nagged me to come inside.   
    When I returned to the ice arena after that summer, the coaches saw a totally different skater.  They were shocked to see the kid who struggled so much to keep up, now leading the pack.  I tried out for the team that year and made it! That was one of the most satisfying feelings I have ever experienced, dedicating myself to a goal and then reaching it. Hockey provided a good life lesson for me.  When I now set a goal for myself, I not only want to reach it, I want to exceed it and reach heights that I didn't even know were possible.  That is how I defy convention in my life. 

Friday, October 5, 2012

Haunted Hockey in Lake Placid


                               WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 24th
           6:00 - 8:00 pm  Barnes & Noble in DeWitt

Score a hat trick by celebrating reading, teamwork and youth hockey

on Wednesday October 24th at Barnes and Noble in DeWitt at 6:00pm. Just

in time for Halloween, the date is set for the much anticipated release of

Haunted Hockey in Lake Placid, The Puck Hog Volume 2! USA

hockey magazine columnist, author, anchor and hockey mom,

Christie Casciano Burns and illustrator Rose Mary Moziak will be joined by

new Syracuse Crunch players, plus your kids will get to meet Crunchman, the

new mascot! 

Details First Book Signing for Haunted Hockey in Lake Placid

The Puck Hog Volume 2

WHEN: Wednesday October 24th 6:00pm-8:00pm

WHERE: Barnes & Noble, Erie Blvd DeWitt

     Get autographs of new Syracuse Crunch Players, meet the team's new
mascot and celebrate youth hockey. Wear your jersey!

    About the book; The game, the goal and the ghost combine to make for an action packed
adventure for the puck hog and his teammates in the land where miracles are made. Just when it looks like victory is in reach, it all falls apart for the team right before the big matchup with a mighty Canadian youth hockey team. Now they need a miracle! It's up to Sophia to unlock the mystery and discover the key to victory. Can she discover the secret in time? Can the keeper of
dreams keep the legacy alive? Lace up and get ready to hit the ice for chills,
spills and experience the thrills of legendary Lake Placid. (ages 5-10)

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Neck Guards Can Save Your Neck

Serious neck cuts CAN be avoided by wearing a neck guard, and the proof is in this picture. This is a photo of my son's neck after a clean 18U midget game this weekend. Another player flipped over, feet in the air, and the skate blade went across my son's throat.
I know some of the older kids don't like wearing them, and you may get sick of nagging them....keep nagging! It can be a lifesaver.

Amy Colclough
Baldwinsville Hockey Mom

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Monday, October 1, 2012

The Puck Hog's Lesson about Bullying

Sophia made a great play to help win the big game, but what makes her the team's real hero?

Hockey is a fun sport, especially when players work together and support each other. Sophia had the courage to speak up to Eddie about being a puck hog. She helped him understand that teamwork is what makes hockey fun, not just scoring goals.
Celebrating with your teammates is fun, but putting down others is not. On the ice or off the ice, there is no place for a bully. If you see someone being disrespectful, will you have the courage to speak up? You can be a hero like Sophia, by standing up to bullies and doing the right thing.

The Puck Hog Volume 2

Join us Wednesday October 24th 6:00 pm at Barnes and Noble in Dewitt!

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