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From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Hooked on Hockey

Meet Our Authors

Jack Canfield is the co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, which Time magazine has called “the publishing phenomenon of the decade.” Jack is also the co-author of many other bestselling books.

Jack is the CEO of the Canfield Training Group in Santa Barbara, California, and founder of the Foundation for Self-Esteem in Culver City, California. He has conducted intensive personal and professional development seminars on the principles of success for more than a million people in twenty-three countries, has spoken to hundreds of thousands of people at more than 1,000 corporations, universities, professional conferences and conventions, and has been seen by millions more on national television shows.

Jack has received many awards and honors, including three honorary doctorates and a Guinness World Records Certificate for having seven books from the Chicken Soup for the Soul series appearing on the New York Times bestseller list on May 24, 1998.

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Mark Victor Hansen is the co-founder of Chicken Soup for the Soul, along with Jack Canfield. He is a sought-after keynote speaker, bestselling author, and marketing maven. Mark’s powerful messages of possibility, opportunity, and action have created powerful change in thousands of organizations and millions of individuals worldwide.

Mark is a prolific writer with many bestselling books in addition to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Mark has had a profound influence in the field of human potential through his library of audios, videos, and articles in the areas of big thinking, sales achievement, wealth building, publishing success, and personal and professional development. He is also the founder of the MEGA Seminar Series.

Mark has received numerous awards that honor his entrepreneurial spirit, philanthropic heart, and business acumen. He is a lifetime member of the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans.

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Laura Robinson is a Canadian actress/inventor/producer and married mother of two. She co-invented the classic, best-selling board game Balderdash, which has sold over twenty-five million copies worldwide. Laura launched a new game, Identity Crisis, to great success in 2010. Along with well-known celebrity partners, she recently developed and sold a pilot for a one-hour prime-time television game show based on the game to a major U.S. network.

Laura has enjoyed a successful and varied career as an actress, with many roles in film and television, both in Los Angeles and Toronto. She was a regular on the long-running CBS show Night Heat, played the title character in Lifetime Television’s original detective drama Veronica Clare, and guest-starred on many hit shows, including Cheers and Frasier.

In 2009, Laura had the honor of becoming a Chicken Soup for the Soul author with the book Chicken Soup for the Soul: Count Your Blessings, all about the transformational power of gratitude, and co-created an inspiring family board game of the same name.

She was featured in the book Women Invent and has been a keynote speaker and host at numerous events in Los Angeles and elsewhere. She has appeared as a guest on Entertainment Tonight Canada, Rogers Daytime, and on CBC TV.

Laura has so enjoyed the process of co-authoring Chicken Soup for the Soul: Hooked on Hockey. She is a proud hockey mom herself and has spent many hours in rinks across Ontario watching her son Jack play, her husband Mark coach, and drinking hot chocolate with her daughter Julia!

Laura also consults and advises inventors on the trademark/copyright process and creating cohesive brand strategies. She can be reached at [email protected].

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