Crossing the Line

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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 ...

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Crossing the Line: The Outrageous Story of a Hockey Original

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Overview

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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One moment, hockey star Derek Sanderson was the highest paid athlete in the world, earning $2.65 million a year; a few years later, he was penniless, sleeping on park benches and begging for beer money. Crossing the Line is his long-awaited autobiography, a remarkably candid document in which the former "Big Bad Bruin" recalls his Ontario childhood; his eventful junior hockey career; his aggressive, often combative years in professional hockey; his dizzying descent into alcoholism and disastrous financial decisions; and his inspiring recovery. An almost unbelievable, yet true first-person story of recovery.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781600789243
  • Publisher: Triumph Books
  • Publication date: 10/1/2014
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 1,166,639

Meet the Author

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.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Bobby Orr ix

Preface xi

1 Central Park 1

2 Mom, Dad and the War Years 5

3 Childhood 10

4 School Days 17

5 The Start of My Hockey Career 24

6 High School Hijinx 39

7 Junior Achievement 48

8 Memorial Cup Memories 57

9 NHL Debut 68

10 Final Junior Campaign 75

11 Rookie Season: 1967-68 80

12 Sideburns and a New Assignment: 1968-69 98

13 Bachelors III 111

14 A Team of Brothers: 1969-70 120

15 The First Stanley Cup 136

16 Daisy's and the Dynasty Denied: 1970-71 145

17 Second Cup: 1971-72 161

18 Negotiating with the WHA 174

19 The Summit Series 187

20 The Reserve Clause Battle 191

21 Philadelphia Blazers 199

22 A Return to the Bruins: 1972-73 216

23 My Last Days as a Bruin: 1973-74 228

24 Broadway and the Blues: 1974-76 237

25 Wild in the West: 1976-77 259

26 Rock Bottom 265

27 The Blizzard 273

28 The Comeback: 1977-78 291

29 Sober and Straight 297

30 Starting Over 316

31 Visiting Schools 326

32 The Loves of My Life 339

33 TV Broadcaster 347

34 Financial Investor 353

35 My Dad 360

36 Against the Wind 369

Acknowledgements 373

Bibliography 376

Index 379

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