Crossing the Lineby Derek Sanderson
The autobiography of one of hockey’s first rebels and a beloved member of the “Big Bad Bruins,” this book shares how Derek Sanderson’s ferocious style helped lead the team to two Stanley Cup victories in the early 1970s. Living life in the fast lane, Sanderson grew his hair long, developed a serious drinking problem, and eventually found
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Derek Sanderson may have been the highest-paid hockey player in the world at one point, but he was not then – nor ever – the most talented hockey player in the world. He was, however, arguably the most colorful. In “Derek Sanderson: Crossing the Line”, the author explores the highs and lows of a very unique life. From assisting on a Stanley-Cup winning goal to strugging to find a job in the industry. From hanging around in Las Vegas with celebrities like then-sex symbol Joey Heatherton (paraphrasing: “Celebrities are just like the rest of us, but with more expensive tastes”) and being considered one of them, to hanging around with the winos in Central Park – and being considered one of them, as well. From buying a Rolls-Royce without negotiation from a Philadelphia dealership (“Two conditions: One, the sales guy who was rude to me gets ZERO commission, and Two, I get to drive it out of the showroom through the front window.”) to using that Rolls-Royce to haul hay on his farm. Sanderson lived an interesting life that would pale many fictional characters that have been created and documented over the years. Sanderson's tale is engaging, with a feel of brutal honesty in both the high times and low points of his career and life. It was a good use of my money and my time, and I recommend it to other hockey fans, as well as for fans of “rags to riches to rags to normalcy” tales. RATING: 4 1/2 stars, rounded up to 5 stars.