Kevin Ticen, Author, “When It Mattered Most — The Forgotten Story of America’s First Stanley Cup, and the War to End All Wars”
In “When It Mattered Most,” Author Kevin Ticen tells an inspiring story of the first American team to win the Stanley Cup, a feat largely lost to history. In the winter of 1917, as Europe spiraled rapidly out of control and pulled the U.S. into the greatest conflict the world had ever seen, a talented band of athletes in the Pacific Northwest fought to turn themselves into an elite team. That elite team would battle the looming war, their own insecurities, and fierce opponents on both coasts of Canada to captivate a community and journey toward hockey immortality.
“When It Mattered Most” breathes life into the humanity and times of a remarkable team during a monumental 18‑month period of world history, inspiring readers with a never-before-seen look into the evolution of Hall of Fame players, a championship team, and a war largely overshadowed by its second incarnation.
Kevin Ticen spent more than six years writing about Seattle sports, as the Director of Marketing and Communications for the Seattle Sports Commission. A former catcher on the University of Washington baseball team, Ticen played professionally in the Anaheim Angels minor league system and then overseas in Austria. His sports writing career began in the off‑season, during his minor league days, writing for one of the many Seattle start-ups during the dot.com boom.
His post-playing days have been spent coaching baseball, first for five years on the staff at the University of Washington, and now leading a high school‑aged summer program in the Seattle area.