Derek Sanderson is a retired professional hockey player who was a key member of the two-time Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins in the early 1970s. Known as “the Turk,” he was the NHL’s rookie of the year in 1968. He lives in Boston. Kevin Shea is an editor for the Hockey Hall of Fame. He is the author of numerous books on hockey, including Lord Stanley: The Man Behind the Cup, Over the Boards: The Ron Ellis Story, and Toronto Maple Leafs: Diary of a Dynasty, 1957–1967. He lives in Toronto. Bobby Orr is a former professional hockey player who was with the Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks. He holds the record for most points and assists in a single season by a defenseman and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1979 at age 31, the youngest to be inducted into the Hall at that time. He lives in Hobe Sound, Florida.
Crossing the Lineby Derek Sanderson, Kevin Shea, Bobby Orr (Foreword by)
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
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 himself out of the league and prowling the streets for his next drink. In this autobiography, Sanderson comes clean on his life in hockey, the demons that threatened to consume him, and the strength and courage it took to fight his way back. Today a successful entrepreneur and speaker, Sanderson’s incredible story is a must read for any fan of hockey.
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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.