Saturday, February 21, 2015

Crossing The Line by Derek Sanderson with Kevin Shea

Crossing the Line: The Outrageous Story of a Hockey OriginalCrossing the Line: The Outrageous Story of a Hockey Original by Derek Sanderson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I came to know Derek Sanderson as a Boston Bruins color commentator in the 80's and 90's. I came to know him as the one who fed Bobby Orr the puck on "The Goal" in which we see Booby Orr flying through the air as he scored the Stanley cup winning goal in 1970. After winning again in 1972 he took a detour in the ill-fated WHA hockey league and became known as the world's highest paid athlete for a short time with the Philadelphia Blazers. He went on to play stints with New York Rangers, St Louis Blues, Vancouver Canucks and Pittsburgh Penguins. Meanwhile he fell into deeper into alcohol and drug abuse. When he recovers he becomes a school speaker, broadcaster and financial adviser. It's an inspirational story on redemption and recovery.

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