NEW YORK & TORONTO, Feb. 7, 2013 /CNW/ - Stephen Harper has recently
completed a work about the history of hockey that will be published by
Simon & Schuster in the United States and Canada in November 2013.
The as-yet-untitled book tells the intriguing, little-known story of the
origins of professional hockey, where strong personalities and
philosophies battled to define not only how the game would be played on
ice, but by whom. Drawing on extensive archival records and
illustrations, early hockey histories, and newspaper archives, Stephen
Harper has created a fascinating portrait of hockey at the turn of the
twentieth century. This comprehensive history will also look at the
early quests for the Stanley Cup, the rise of professional hockey, and
the ascent of Toronto teams and players that have long been forgotten.
"Canadians from all walks of life enjoy cheering on the great heroes of
our national game, but it wasn't always that way," said Mr. Harper.
"The early days of professional hockey featured outsized personalities
who fought pitched battles to shape the game we know and love today.
Writing this book has taught me a lot about hockey and a great deal
more about Canada. I hope all who read the book enjoy it as much as I
enjoyed the experience of writing it."
Jonathan Karp, President and Publisher of the Simon & Schuster
Publishing Group, notes, "We have had a long history of publishing
books on a wide range of topics by presidents and other world leaders.
We are honored to be publishing Stephen Harper's book on the early days
of hockey, a subject that goes right to the heart of Canada's national
Kevin Hanson, President of Simon & Schuster Canada, adds, "Everyone
knows that Canadians are zealous about our national sport, and who
better to write about the history of hockey and our love of the game
than Stephen Harper. "
All author royalties from the book will go to the Canadian Forces
Personnel and Family Support Services (CFPFSS). The specific fund that
the proceeds will be donated to is the Military Families Fund, which
provides emergency financial assistance to military families faced with
unforeseen and often immediate needs that have resulted due to
conditions of service.
Award-winning journalist Roy MacGregor is providing editorial services
to Mr. Harper in writing the book. The book was acquired for Simon &
Schuster by New York-based Vice President and Senior Editor Thomas
LeBien via Michael Levine of the Westwood Agency in Toronto, who
represented Mr. Harper.
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Image with caption: "Stephen Harper holds a hockey stick from the 1907 Stanley Cup final during a research visit to the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Canada, December 2011. (CNW Group/Simon and Schuster Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130207_C3974_PHOTO_EN_23424.jpg
SOURCE: Simon and Schuster Canada
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