Hockey history book dedicated to Lindsay native 0
LINDSAY-A Lindsay native is among those featured in a new book by an American writer chronicling hockey in Utica, New York.
Hockey night in Utica -featuring the Comets, the Mohawks and Starsby Jim Mancuso is a history book about professional hockey in the city during the North American Hockey League (NAHL), North Eastern Hockey League/Eastern Hockey League (NEHL/EHL) and Atlantic Coast Hockey League (ACHL) years from the 1973-74 to the 1986-87 season.
The book is a source of information about those leagues and has a chapter dedicated to information and statistics on each loop, promoters stated in a press release.
There are also chapters dedicated to the history of professional hockey in Utica prior to and after that era (1960- 61 to 2000-01), on the unique and colourful story of each team, and the movie "Slap Shot" (which was partially filmed in Utica) and one World Hockey Association (WHA) veteran Bill Horton.
The Lindsay native and first cousin of Hockey Hall of Famer Tim Horton was a member of the Mohawk Valley Comets (NAHL), Utica Mohawks (NEHL/EHL) and the Mohawk Valley Stars/Comets (ACHL) in several capacities and piloted the stars to the 1981-1982 ACHL Payne Trophy championship.
The book is dedicated to Horton who lost his life while awaiting a heart transplant in May of 1988. All proceeds of the book will be donated to the American Heart Association.
The 272-page hard cover coffee-table limited edition featuring more than 350 rare illustrations is available for $35 (American or Canadian funds). Please make cheque or money orders payable to Jim Mancuso and mail it to 1108 Jefferson Ave., Utica, New York, 13501, promoters stated.
Mancuso earned his B.A. "cum laude" in sociology from St. John Fisher College and an M.A. in applied social research from West Virginia University. He works and teaches in the field of sociology.
He is a member of the Society for International Hockey Research (SIHR) and the Rhode Island Reds Heritage Society. He was born in Utica, where he currently resides.