Crossing the Line

Crossing the Line

The Outrageous Story of A Hockey Original

Book - 2012
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Derek Sanderson was a key player with the Big Bad Bruins in the 1970s. At one point the highest-paid athlete in the world, Sanderson played with and against the era's legends, winning two Stanley Cups and assisting on Bobby Orr's famous diving goal in 1970. Off the ice, "Turk" was one of a kind. He drove a burgundy Rolls-Royce, wore a fox coat and, when asked what winning the Stanley Cup meant to him said, "The difference in the money is whether I take a college chick to Cape Cod or a Playmate to France." But behind the glory, Sanderson was an alcoholic and an addict. He bottomed out, losing it all, and ended up sleeping under bridges. At one point he was so sick, he had to use crutches to walk.

Crossing the Line is about Sanderson's crazy days as a player but also about his road back to health. Sanderson has spoken to hundreds of thousands of young people about the dangers of his former lifestyle and now helps young athletes and others to avoid the pitfalls of instant fame. Sanderson does not hold back in this highly entertaining and truly inspirational book.

Publisher: Toronto, ON : HarperCollins Canada, c2012
ISBN: 9781443409681
Branch Call Number: 796.962 SAN
Characteristics: 388 p
Additional Contributors: Shea, Kevin 1956-

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roadhockey
Nov 02, 2016

Good book. You think this guy had it all but seemed to have more low points than high points.

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moose7766
Aug 11, 2016

Did not like this book at all. Good from the point that it covers his early rise from Niagara Falls to the bruins. Bad from the point that the lowlights of his life, the homelessness, the losing everything, the drinking, drugs, are just glossed over in this book and given scant reference. This was a "careful" book, not meant to offend anybody (ie: Orr) but also not to really delve into the lowpoints of his life. if this book was in your "at home" book collection, you wouldnt re-read it, put it that way

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HopeButterfly
May 17, 2013

Okay book.
Glad he is straightened out and is leading a clean, family life.
It is never too late!!!

a5a22406 Apr 01, 2013

Terrific book on Derek's rise and fall in the NHL and then the WHA. A must for any hockey fan.

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