A heart-warming, intergenerational story about an awkward young boy who finds his hockey chutzpah at a PeeWee tournament. Tommy goes from timid observer to essential player - as we readers cheer him on! Illustrated by Zachary Pullen whose inimitable style blends perfectly with Zachary Hyman's inspiring text.
ZACHARY HYMAN is one of North America's top young hockey prospects and was drafted by the Florida Panthers in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. In 2011, Hockey Canada named Zachary Hyman the Canadian Junior A Player of the Year and his sweater hung in the Hockey Hall of Fame. His love of baseball and his passion for history inspired Zachary to pen both Hockey Hero
and The Bambino and Me
. Hyman studies and plays hockey at the University of Michigan, where he received the Freshman Academic Achievement Award in 2012.
Zachary Pullen's character-oriented illustrations have been seen in numerous publications including The New York Times Book Review
, Sports Illustrated
, and The Wall Street Journal
to name a few. He is the illustrator of a number of books for children, including Francis and Eddie: The True Story of America's Underdogs
, Lipman Pike: America's First Home Run King
and Friday My Radio Flyer Flew
. He has been honored several times through the prestigious Society of Illustrators juried shows and Communication Arts Illustration Annual of the best in current illustration. Pullen lives with his wife and son in Wyoming. To see more of his work, please visit www.zacharypullen.com.
“In hockey, there is a tradition: win or lose, you rise to the challenge .... the story has an ingenuous wisdom. A fine look into hockey's heart.” - Kirkus Reviews
"Hockey Hero .... is a fun story written with a lot of heart .... For those who enjoy stories of underdogs, family traditions, and sporting events (particularly hockey-related), Hockey Hero will be an entertaining and inspiring read." - CM Magazine