Through a chance meeting, Tom and hockey legend Jake form an unlikely friendship. Tom discovers that his idol isn't as perfect up close. With Jake living too much in the moment and with his past catching up to him, can Tom help him before it's too late?
About the Author
Howard Shapiro: Howard Shapiro has written four children's books, two graphic novels and a biography. He lives in Pittsburgh, PA where he runs the day-to-day publishing side of Animal Media Group LLC bringing ten years of indie publishing experience to the role.
Marica Inoue: Marica Inoue studied at the Musashino Art University and after graduating moved to Italy for courses in painting at Brera Fine Art Academy - Milan. She has illustrated books for Italian publisher, Fabbri Editor, and illustrated magazine covers. She lives in Milan, Italy.
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The Hockey Saint
By Howard Shapiro
Animal Media GroupCopyright © 2014 Howard Shapiro
All rights reserved.
DON'T FADE AWAY
"UPSIDE DOWN" JACK JOHNSON
"SENT BY ANGELS" ARC ANGELS
I ... CAN'T BELIEVE YOU'RE HERE!
TOM, TOM, WAKE UP!
YOU HAVE TO GET TO HOCKEY PRACTICE, AND YOU CAN'T BE LATE! IT'S THE FIRST ONE THIS YEAR!
GEEZ, WHAT TIME IS IT?
IT'S 6:30 AM, WHY?
BECAUSE PRACTICE ISN'T UNTIL 11:00 PM!
I STILL DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY YOU HAVE TO HAVE PRACTICE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT ON THE WEEKENDS!
I TOLD YOU THIS BEFORE!
THE UNIVERSITY RENTS THE RINK OUT TO A BUNCH OF HOCKEY ASSOCIATIONS, THEY ALSO HAVE THREE PUBLIC SKATES.
IT'S LUCKY WE GET ON AT ELEVEN AND NOT AT TWO IN THE MORNING!
WELL EXCUSE ME, CAPTAIN GRUMPY!
WHY DON'T YOU JUST GO BACK TO SLEEP?
I'M SORRY. I JUST HAD THAT SAME WEIRD DREAM ...
OH NO, NOT AGAIN!
YEAH, I MEAN, IT'S N THE STRANGEST THING. THEY'RE JUST STANDING THERE.
THEY DON'T SAY A WORD, AND I'M SO HAPPY TO SEE THEM AND THEN--
LOOK, TOM, WHY DON'T I MAKE YOU SOME PANCAKES OR FRENCH TOAST?
SURE, THAT WOULD BE GREAT. BUT ABOUT THE DREAM—
WE CAN TALK ABOUT IT OVER BREAKFAST.
OK. THANKS, GRANDMA.
SO, HERE'S THE DEAL, CAM, MARK THE DATE AND TIME: OCTOBER 8TH AT 10:45 PM.
YOURS TRULY PREDICTS THAT BY THE END OF THE SEASON, JEREMIAH JACOBSON WILL SCORE 185 POINTS.
185 POINTS IN 60 REGULAR SEASON GAMES? ARE YOU INSANE?
WHAT'S THE RATIO? THEN I'LL GIVE YOU MY PREDICTION.
EASY MATH FOR A JUNIOR ARCHITECTURE STUDENT. 95 GOALS AND 90 ASSISTS!
YOU ARE OFFICIALLY INSANE. FOR AN ACCOUNTING MAJOR, YOU NEED TO WORK ON YOUR MATH SKILLS.
HE'S GOOD BUT THERE'S NO WAY THAT HE EVEN BREAKS 140 POINTS.
OK, SMART GUY. I'LL BET MY MINT CONDITION JACOBSON ROOKIE CARD. AUTOGRAPHED VINTAGE PUCK, AND CLASSIC JERSEY BOBBLEHEAD, THAT HE SCORES AT LEAST 140 POINTS.
ARE YOU KIDDING ME? MAYBE 140 MINUTES IN THE PENALTY BOX!
YOU'VE GOT HIM ALL WRONG. HE'S DEFENDING HIMSELF, DUDE.
WE'LL JUST HAVE TO AGREE TO DISAGREE ON THIS ONE, TOM. I THINK ONLY THE FISH ISLAND RAIDERS FANS HATE JACOBSON MORE THAN I DO!
THEY THREW BEER CANS AND CUPS AT THE EASTER BUNNY TOO, REMEMBER THAT?
HEY, TOM, YOU HAVE A SECOND? COME ON BACK TO MY OFFICE, OK?
SURE, COACH. I'LL EE RIGHT BACK.
SO, TOM, HOW WAS YOUR SUMMER?
IT WAS FINE COACH. CLASSES SO FAR ARE GOOD.
THAT'S GOOD TO HEAR. IS EVERYTHING ALL RIGHT? YOU SEEM A LITTLE OUT OF SORTS.
IT'S JUST THAT WE'VE NEVER HAD THIS KIND OF DISCUSSION BEFORE. YOU KNOW, TALKING ABOUT MY LIFE AND STUFF.
YEAH, NO ONE I'VE EVER COACHED WOULD DESCRIBE ME AS THE SENSITIVE TYPE.
SO, COACH, WHAT'S UP?
IN LIGHT OF THE COURAGE YOU'VE SHOWN DEALING WITH YOUR CURRENT CIRCUMSTANCES, I SPOKE TO THE PROVOST, AND WE'RE GOING TO AWARD YOU A PARTIAL SCHOLARSHIP THIS YEAR.
HOPEFULLY, IT WILL EE A FULL RIDE FOR YOUR JUNIOR AND SENIOR YEARS.
COACH, I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO SAY.
GEEZ, I APPRECIATE THAT, BUT I'M ONLY A SOPHOMORE WALK ON FOURTH LINER.
I'M GOING TO MAKE YOU AN ASSISTANT CAPTAIN AS WELL. I WANT YOU TO WEAR AN "A" THIS YEAR.
THERE ARE No FREE RIDES AROUND HERE. IF YOU CAN'T CUT IT AS AN ASSISTANT CAPTAIN, I'LL FIND SOMEONE WHO CAN.
AS FAR AS BEING A FOURTH LINER, DON'T SELL YOURSELF SHORT. LAST YEAR YOU STARTED OUT AS A FIFTH LINER.
IF YOU IMPROVE AS MUCH AS I'M EXPECTING YOU TO, YOU'LL SET A LOT MORE PLAYING . TIME.
THANKS, COACH! I WON'T LET YOU DOWN!
I KNOW YOU WON'T. I'LL SEE YOU ON THE ICE IN FIVE.
WHAT was THAT All ABOUT?
COACH MADE ME AN ASSISTANT CAPTAIN, AND TOLD ME I'M GOING TO GET A PARTIAL SCHOLARSHIP.
THAT'S GREAT, BUDDY!
YOU'VE BEEN THROUGH A LOT. YOU OBSERVE IT.
THANKS, MAN. I APPRECIATE ALL THAT YOU'VE DONE FOR ME.
WITHOUT BEING OVERLY DRAMATIC.
DUDE, IT WAS NO PROBLEM. YOU'RE MY BEST FRIEND.
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