The bestselling story of a true warrior's toughest battle, now in paperback
It seemed as though nothing could stop Jordin Tootoo on the ice. The captain, a fan favourite, a star in international competition, Tootoo was always a leader. And when he was drafted by Nashville in 2001 and made the Predators out of camp in 2003, he became a leader in another wayas the first player of Inuk descent to suit up in the NHL.
All the challenges and pressure would have been more than enough for any rookie, but Tootoo faced something far more difficult: the tragic loss of his older brother before his first shift for the Predators. Though he played through it, Tootoo suffered from many of the same problems that have plagued so many people from his community. In 2010, he checked himself into rehab for alcohol addiction. It seemed as though a promising career had ended too soon.
But that's not the way Tootoo saw it and not the way it would end. Told in Tootoo's bold voice, with contributions by Stephen Brunt, arguably one of the best sportswriters, All the Way is the searing, honest tale of a young man who has risen to every challenge but all too nearly fell short in the toughest game of all.
|Product dimensions:||5.20(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
JORDIN TOOTOO plays right wing for the NHL New Jersey Devils and has also played for the Detroit Red Wings and the Nashville Predators. Of Inuit and Ukrainian descent, he is both the first Inuk player and the first player to grow up in Nunavut to participate in the NHL.
STEPHEN BRUNT is currently with Sportsnet, co-host on The FAN 590's Prime Time Sports with Bob McCown, and contributing writer for Sportsnet Magazine and sportsnet.ca. Previously, he was a columnist at The Globe and Mail. He is the author of the #1 national bestselling Searching for Bobby Orr; Gretzky's Tears; Facing Ali; The Way it Looks from Here; Second to None: The Roberto Alomar Story; and Diamond Dreams: 20 Years of Blue Jays Baseball. Online: https://twitter.com/jtootoo22 http://www.jordintootoo.com/
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The front and back covers of Jordin Tootoo's “All the Way: My Life on Ice” quote reviews with adjectives like “notable”, “honesty”, “compelling”, and “sincerity”. All of these words are accurate, based on my reading of the book. However, this is what I EXPECT when I pick up an autobiography / memoir; Mr. Tootoo (and Mr. Brunt, who've I've found to be a most excellent writer) do not disappoint. What makes this book different than others of its ilk? To begin with, Jordin Tootoo is still an active player in the National Hockey League. Sometimes, a book written at that stage of a career includes a lot of filler – witness Eric Lindros' autobiography which includes numerous (understatement) quotes from various players stating what a regular guy Eric happened to be. Mr. Tootoo's life has been so varied that he CAN write a book before he's retired without the need to insert peripherally-related materials throughout the text. Mr. Tootoo's life has had many notable aspects and incidents – he discusses all of them. Being the first player of Inuk descent to play in the NHL, he is also the first one able to describe a childhood growing up in the territory of Nunavut, as well as his departure to play Jr. hockey in the provinces. He can describe the negative affect that alcohol has played in his life, both directly and indirectly through his parents and through his older brother, Terence – a man who could potentially have been the first Inuk player in the NHL had a night of drinking not been followed by his suicide. He can describe racism – fortunately, without many first-hand examples. Most of all, he can describe hope – and how hope can be fulfilled. Yes, Jordin Tootoo delivered what I expect to find in a hockey biography. As such, I give him high marks for his work. I hope his life and career allow him enough material to pen an equally-interesting sequel at some point. RATING: 4 1/2 stars, rounded up to 5 stars.