Bruce Landon, a retired professional ice hockey goaltender who was the longtime part-owner, president and general manager of the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League, recently announced the launch of his book “The Puck Stops Here – My (Not So) Minor League Life.” Landon’s book is the inside story of his long and colorful hockey career; related photographs accompany each memoir. “The Puck Stops Here” is dedicated to the loving memory of Landon’s daughter, Tammy Jacobson-Landon, who encouraged him to write the book, and who died of cancer in Feb 2019 at the age of 43.
Landon explains, “One sunny afternoon in May of 2017, shortly after I had retired, Tammy and I had a long and deep conversation and I shared stories with her that she had not heard. “Dad you have to start writing this stuff down,” she said. It was with her gentle prodding, and her ability to instill confidence in me, that I simply started writing, -with no idea where it would take me.”
Tammy was diagnosed with a very rare cancer on May 11, 2018. Landon put the book on hold. A month after Tammy’s first chemotherapy treatment, as Bruce tried to comfort her, she said, “Dad just promise me that you will finish the book.”
“When Tammy was nearing her final hours, I reached over and gave her a kiss on the forehead, and said, “Tam, your dad finished the book.” She looked at me with a little smile on her beautiful face. This is that book. It is a promise kept. It is also the opportunity for readers to share our lives and Tammy’s vision, which was the driving force in bringing it to fruition. The Landon family hopes you enjoy it, and we appreciate the time you’ll invest to be part of our lives and that vision.”