Retired Eagle goalie Rick Heinz, in town through Thursday morning to sell, autograph and promote his book, says 10,000 copies were printed and about 3,500-4,000 have been sold since it came out 10 weeks ago.
"Many Are Called, Few Are Signed - The Hard Realities of Professional Hockey," is a handbook for prospective pro players, telling them what to expect and how to get the best stiuations for themselves. It's in distribution in two major Canadian book chains, and Heinz hopes to find a U.S. distributor. Heinz says Bob Johnson of the U.S. amateur hockey association (and ex- Calgary Flames coach) is interested in helping sell the book through his program.Heinz, who wrote it in longhand and had to translate his handwriting to a typist, says he doesn't plan to be an author, although selling the book is his only income for now. He does hope to write a smaller book telling how to obtain college hockey scholarships, and his brother hopes to write one on harness racing.
The Heinz brothers formed their own publishing house to get "Many Are Called" printed because of its unusual subject matter and because it's not written by a "name" player. Rick isn't sure another publisher would have taken the chance.
From Salt Lake City, he'll go to Peoria next week while the Eagles are there, and then he'll move on for a week in St. Louis - all cities in which Heinz played goal.
He's been promoting in the Toronto/Windsor area of Ontario since the book came out and plans trips to both eastern and western Canada that will take him through March.
Heinz will then return to Toronto and sell real estate and see what happens from there. "I think the book will be around for two or three years because it's a handbook, and that information will still be valid," Heinz says.
The thing that's made him happiest so far, he says, is the reviews it's received in the hockey-happy Canadian press. "They figure it's unique and it's got a message," Heinz reports.
*** At the beginning of the season, Eagle Coach Paul Baxter was hopeful of matching Muskegon's 1987-88 all-time IHL-best won-lost record of 58-14-10. That's unlikely, since the Eagles had 14 losses going into Saturday's game.
Not to worry. Through their first 39 games last year, the eventual Turner Cup champion Eagles were 17-18-4 - 38. This season, the Eagles are 24-14-1 - 47.
*** Since their New Year's Eve game with the Rangers last year, the Eagles were 10-1-1 against them going into Saturday's second straight NYE meeting with the Denver-based club.
*** Four players and both coaches were suspended last week for participation in the league's first bench-clearing brawl of the season. It occurred between Kalamazoo and Milwaukee Wednesday.
Milwaukee is the Eagles' next opponent, coming to the Salt Palace Tuesday and Wednesday.
By then, Milwaukee Coach Rick Ley will be back from his two-game suspension, but Admiral players Tim Molle and Ernie Vargas, who have "indefinite" sentences, are iffy. Kalamazoo Coach John Marks got a one-game suspension, and Kevin Evans and Warren Babe earned "indefinite" status.
*** Will the Turner Network televise the IHL Turner Cup finals? Not likely, says Deseret News TV editor Joe Walker, trying to control his laughter.
. . . Just asking.
*** Theoren Fleury finally caught defenseman Ken Sabourin for the Eagles' +/- lead for the season following Thursday's win over Muskegon. After Thursday's game, Fleury and Sabourin were tied at +22. Marc Bureau was third at +19.
*** Former Eagle defenseman Steve Harrison, who played last season in Finland, joined the Flint Spirits this week after spending the first part of the season at home in Toronto.
Meanwhile, the Indianapolis Ice lost its best defender, Brad Beck, who left the team to play in Finland. You'll recall ex-Eagle Brent Sapergia left the Ice two weeks ago to play in Europe.