This article was first published in The Times of Israel.
Next year, Random House will publish two children’s books by a new author. One, titled, “The Bambino and Me,” conjures 1920s New York and tells the story of a young Yankees fan named George, who especially admires Babe Ruth and carries his baseball card everywhere.
The other book, “Hockey Hero,” is about a shy hockey player who overcomes playing in his brother’s shadow and eventually makes it all the way to the National Hockey League.
“Hockey Hero” came out of an award-winning short story Zach Hyman wrote for an English class at his Jewish day school in Toronto. That wasn’t really so long ago for the 21-year-old Hyman, who not only has a deal with a leading publishing company, but also with the NHL. Hyman was picked in the 2010 entry draft by the Florida Panthers, which “owns” him as a potential NHL player.
“Writing is a hobby, not a job,” says Hyman, who is currently playing hockey at the University of Michigan. “I write because I enjoy writing. There will be another book, whether or not it gets published. I like to write feel-good stories about believing in yourself and never giving up.”
Since arriving late this summer in Ann Arbor for the start of his junior year, Hyman has been busy training for the start of the Wolverines’ 2013-2014 hockey season in early October (powerhouse Michigan was picked to finish third for the inaugural season of the Hockey Big 10 Conference).
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