Matt Brown was flying across the ice, just as his coach wanted. He gained speed as he chased the puck toward his defensive zone. The entire bench had their eyes trained on him, knowing something big was about to happen. And something big did happen--this play was life-changing, in the most unexpected, catastrophic way possible.
Just as the puck settled between Matt's skates, he was bumped from behind by an opposing player and crashed headfirst into the unforgiving boards. As he struggled to move his arms and legs, an ominously painful silence fell over the arena. In a a split second, star hockey player Matt Brown was suddenly paralyzed from the neck down.
An inspiring true story of die-hard resilience in the face of adversity, Line Change is Matt's unbelievable, first-hand account of what it means to square off with life's setbacks. Despite facing tremendous personal and physical challenges, Matt never let his confidence waver, his drive falter, or his goals diminish. And though he may still be paralyzed, he works on his strength every day--and will continue to do so until he gains full mobility once more.
In this searing, candid, and ultimately inspiring memoir that is interlaced with influential voices from those closest to him during his recovery and beyond, Matt lays his journey bare. From the struggles to the triumphs and everything in between, Matt reflects on how his "Never Quit" attitude allowed him to graduate from college, become a well-respected motivational speaker honored by the Boston Bruins, and be an inspiration to those of all ages. Line Change isn't a story of tragedy, but a story of hope, courage, and what it means to live a full and rewarding life.
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About the Author
Matt Brown of Norwood, Massachusetts, is now nearly nine years removed from the incidental contact that changed his life. He is currently attending graduate school at his alma mater Stonehill College, with aspirations to launch a career that revolves around sports. His love for the game of hockey has never waned, and he remains a die-hard Bruins fan and an esteemed member of the informal hockey fraternity. Matt delivers inspirational public speaking performances to schools and civic organizations around the country. He and the Brown family are on the cusp of launching the Matt Brown Foundation, a 501c(3) nonprofit organization that aims to financially and emotionally assist those impacted by neck and spinal cord injuries.
Todd Civin is a husband, father, of five children, and grandfather to three grandchildren with a fourth on the way. His family is his reason for being and he devotes every day of his life to their happiness. He is the founder and owner of Civin Media Relations (CMR), a self-publishing company that assists authors in sharing their stories with the world. CMR focuses primarily on the publishing of stories by and about people with physical or emotional differences. Todd has written six biographies and eight children's books to date, and proudly welcomes Line Change to his growing resume.
Table of Contents
Foreword Andrew Ference 1
Chapter 1 A Thousand Sunsets 5
Chapter 2 A Clean Hockey Play 13
Chapter 3 A New Definition of Normal 25
Chapter 4 The Boys Are Back in Town 35
Chapter 5 Sealed with a Kiss 43
Chapter 6 Recovery through the Eyes of the ICU Nurse By Dennis Doherty 55
Chapter 7 The Fraternity of Hockey 63
Chapter 8 Goodbye, Boston; Hello, Atlanta 71
Chapter 9 I Love that Dirty Water-Boston You're My Home 83
Chapter 10 A Day Now Symbolized by Hope Tyler Piacentini 93
Chapter 11 Boys Will Be Boys 97
Chapter 12 My Return to High School Wesley Burhoe 105
Chapter 13 Is There Life After High School? 111
Chapter 14 Bittersweet Milestone for Matt Brown 121
Chapter 15 My Life as a Stonehill Skyhawk 125
Chapter 16 Two Words: Never Quit! 135
Chapter 17 Stronger Together Kelley Brown 147
Chapter 18 Wisdom Accepted by a Really Proud Dad Mike Brown 157
Chapter 19 We Will Move Forward; We Will Do This Sue Brown 173
Chapter 20 Why Me! 187
Afterword Pat Lee 195