Kevin Ticen - When It Mattered Most

The Forgotten Story of America’s First Stanley Cup, and the War to End All Wars

This is the 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 pulled the U.S. into WWI, a talented band of athletes in the Pacific Northwest fought to turn themselves into an elite team.

When It Mattered Most breathes life into the humanity and times of a remarkable team during a monumental 18-month period of world history, 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.

About the Author: 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 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.