Saturday, January 18, 2014

Philadelphia Flyers Extend Steve Mason's Contract

Confirming recent reliable sources, the Philadelphia Flyers extended the contract of goaltender Steve Mason. 

Mason's acquisition last spring from the Columbus Blue Jackets for Michael Leighton foreshadowed an organizational shift in crease philosophy. After the season ended, the Flyers bought out the remaining years of Ilya Bryzgalov's long-term contract. 

Top job

The off-season free agent acquisition of former Flyer Ray Emery caused some to believe that Mason would serve as a backup to, or in tandem with, the veteran netminder. However, Mason's performance in training camp, combined with the front office's assessment, resulted in Mason earning the top job.

The 2008-09 Calder Trophy winner has thus far proven to be a steady presence between the pipes, which is a distinct shift from what transpired at that location on the ice during the last two seasons.

Prime time

Mason doesn't turn 26 until the end of May. So, when combining all factors the Flyers have decided to offer a goalie, who is playing in the prime of his career, an opportunity to be their number one masked man into the near future.

(Photo courtesy of the Sporting News.)


Last month and again earlier this month, Maddie ranked 45th on Amazon in it's specific illustrated children's category. Everyone involved in this effort, that helps to benefit the Children's Alopecia Project, is very grateful for the public response that we have received since the print and ebook's release in August, 2013. 

Use this link --->>Maddie: Teaching Tolerance with a Smile to see a 'free-view' of the special eBook edition. 

I've included extra bonus features in this version that provide background information, extra photos, and illustrations. Each item helps to tell the complete story of this book's birth. 

I also describe the process that was used to create the story and to break the third (sometimes called the fourth) wall in an expanded Acknowlegment section at the end of the digital edition.

Readers, writers and all fans of creative work are likely to enjoy this fun online experience.   


Links to our illustrated children's book ...
Feel free to use, or share, this link--->>Maddie: Teaching Tolerance with a Smile to purchase the printed book directly from CAP.

50% of all proceeds from the sale of our book (in both print and eBook forms) are being donated to the Children's Alopecia Project (CAP).


Here's a link to this great (print and online) article that the Reading Eagle recently published about our story Maddie: Teaching Tolerance with a Smile: Book chronicles Wyomissing teen's journey since being diagnosed with alopecia


Thank you to Stacey Stauffer (Fox 29 Philadelphia). She interviewed Madison Woytovich, her parents (Jeff and Betsy Woytovich) and me about the latest chapter in this inspiring story. Here's a video link to Stacey's wonderful feature. 


Feel free to click on any of my interviews with famous athletes and sports' personalities...
Martin Brodeur: Discusses His Record-Setting Shutout Total and Key Rivalries 
Jaromir Jagr: Current NHL Forward and Future Hall of Famer
Philadelphia Flyers' Bernie Parent: Postgame reflections 
Bobby Clarke: Philadelphia Flyers' Legend Talks Hockey
Ron Hextall Recalls His Greatest Season
Kerry Fraser: NHL Referee is Still Making the Right Calls
Here's a selection of my interviews with broadcasters, actors, models and more...
Fox Television's Erin Como Reveals Her Timeless Model for Success: Interview is the number 1 online publishing platform in the world. That's why I used it to publish my first ebook: 

This mini-tome is a collection of stories and poems for readers who don't take themselves too seriously. I hope that you enjoy it and am always interested in your feedback. 

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