Star-Spangled Hockey
Star-Spangled Hockey

Star-Spangled Hockey

Celebrating 75 Years of USA Hockey
By Kevin Allen, Foreword by Jeremy Roenick


224 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper, PDF, EPUB, Mobipocket

Trade Paper, $24.95 (US $24.95) (CA $27.95)

ISBN 9781600786136

Rights: WOR

Triumph Books (Sep 2011)


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Legendary hockey writer Kevin Allen weaves together the epic tale of the USA Hockey organization, the governing body for amateur ice hockey in the United States, beginning with the earliest days and leading up to their 75th anniversary. Detailing an organization that touches the lives of over half a million members and publishes the most widely circulated hockey publication in the world, the book reveals how it all began out of a shoebox in Tom Lockhart's New York City apartment and grew into the excitement generated by the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. Honoring the grassroots efforts of a remarkable group and the sport that it honors, this book is a one-of-a-kind informative keepsake of all things USA Hockey.

Author Biography

Kevin Allen is a long-time sportswriter who has covered more than 550 National Hockey League (NHL) playoff games. He has authored and coauthored more than a dozen sports books, and is the president of the Professional Hockey Writers Association. He lives in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Jeremy Roenick is a United States Hockey Hall of Fame inductee and a silver medalist as part of the U.S. hockey team of the 2002 Winter Olympics. He is a former professional hockey player with the NHL and a nine-time All-Star player. He lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.


Star-Spangled Hockey was reviewed on November 30, 2011 on Sportsology.  They call the book "sharp" and "eloquently written." 

Kevin Allen, author of Star-Spangled Hockey was be interviewed on December 5, 2011 on "The Game: Sportsology Radio" on BlogTalkRadio (Online).

Kevin Allen, author of Star-Spangled Hockey, was interviewed on December 16, 2011 on "Sports Open Line" on KMOX (St. Louis), a CBS Radio affiliate.

Kevin Allen, author of Star-Spangled Hockey, was interviewed on December 10, 2011 on "The Pipeline Show" on CFRN (Edmonton, Alberta), to discuss the role the US-NTDP and WJC has played in growing hockey in the States. 

"Farther Off The Wall," a Los Angeles Daily News Blog, chose Star-Spangled Hockey by Kevin Allen as one of "the Three Stars of the NHL Book Game, at least for today."

"Filling a 2010 Olympic hockey roster with U.S.-born NHL players is a pretty significant feat. The organization that began as the Amateur Hockey Association of the United States is ready to tell its history, including..." includes Star-Spangled Hockey in it's 75th anniversary celebration.


"Available at Barnes & Noble nationwide as well as other select retailers, Star Spangled Hockey takes readers on a journey through the first 75 years of USA Hockey through the eyes of legendary hockey writer Kevin Allen. Published by Triumph Books, Star Spangled Hockey is available online as well at"

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Star-Spangled Hockey:
Celebrating 75 Years of USA Hockey
By Kevin Allen/Foreword by Jeremy Roenick


In 1967, there were just two American-born players logging regular minutes in the NHL. More than 40 years later, the United States roster at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics was filled completely with NHL players, including the likes of superstars Ryan Miller, Zach Parise and Patrick Kane. USA Hockey has overseen the growth of the sport from the days of the early "hockey belt" of Massachusetts, Michigan, and Minnesota to today's organization that boasts nearly 500,000 registered players across all 50 states.


Star-Spangled Hockey: Celebrating 75 Years of USA Hockey by veteran hockey writer Kevin Allen traces the history of hockey in the United States-spanning nearly a century from Hobey Baker's emergence as a star at Princeton University in the early 1900s through Team USA's bronze medal at 2011 World Junior Championship. Allen takes readers through the early highlights in American hockey history. Coached by Boston native Bill Stewart, the 1937-38 Chicago Black Hawks won the Stanley Cup behind the efforts of American-born goaltender Mike Karakas. Karakas came from tiny Eveleth, Minnesota-an immigrant town of 5,000 that sent 11 players to the NHL during an era when the league was almost entirely Canadian.


Star-Spangled Hockey includes an in-depth history of the USA's Olympic hockey program, including the "Miracle On Ice" 1980 team that won gold at Lake Placid. Mike Eruzione's game-winning goal to beat the Soviets was a defining moment for the United States during the Cold War. The Associated Press and Sports Illustrated chose the upset by coach Herb Brooks' team as the greatest sports moment of the 20th century.


With a foreword by Jeremy Roenick, one of the most colorful characters in the game, Star-Spangled Hockey utilizes first-hand accounts from some of the sport's legendary figures to help readers fully understand the remarkable rise in prominence of American hockey over the past three quarters of a century.


About the Author:
Kevin Allen has been writing about hockey since 1986 and has covered more than 550 NHL playoff games. He has written about every level of hockey, from the NHL to the Olympics and the Women's World Championship. He has authored and co-authored more than a dozen sports books, including Brett Hull's as-told-to autobiography and Without Fear: The Greatest Goalies of All-Time. Allen is currently president of the Professional Hockey Writers Association. He lives with his wife, Terri, in Ypsilanti, Michigan.


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