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All The Way: My Life On Ice

by Jordin Tootoo, Stephen Brunt

Penguin Canada | October 21, 2014 | Hardcover

All The Way: My Life On Ice is rated 5 out of 5 by 4.
It seemed as though nothing could stop Jordin Tootoo on the ice. The captain of Canada’s Under-18, a fan favourite on the World Junior squad, and a WHL top prospect who could intimidate both goalies and enforcers, he was always a leader. And when Tootoo was drafted by Nashville in 2000 and made the Predators out of camp in 2003, he became a leader in another way: the first player of Inuk descent to suit up in the NHL.

 

The stress of competition in the world’s top hockey league, the travel, the media, the homesickness—and the added pressure to hold one’s head high as a role model not only for the young people of his hometown of Rankin Inlet but for the culture that had given him the strength and the opportunities to succeed—would have been more than enough to challenge any rookie. But Tootoo faced something far more difficult: the loss of his brother in the year between his draft and his first shift for the Predators. Though he played through it, the tragedy took its inevitable toll. In 2010, Tootoo checked himself into rehab for alcohol addiction. It seemed a promising career had ended too soon.

 

But that’s not the way Tootoo saw it and not the way it would end. As heir to a cultural legacy that included alcohol, despair, and suicide, Tootoo could also draw on a heritage that could help sustain him even thousands of miles away from Nunavut. And in a community haunted by the same hopelessness and substance abuse that so affected Tootoo’s life, it is not just his skill and fearlessness on the ice that have made him a hero, but the courage of his honesty to himself and to the world around him that he needed to rely on others to sustain him through his toughest challenge.

 

All the Way tells the story of someone who has travelled far from home to realize a dream, someone who has known glory and cheering crowds, but also the demons of despair. It is the searing, honest tale of a young man who has risen to every challenge and nearly fallen short in the toughest game of all, while finding a way to draw strength from his community and heritage, and giving back to it as well.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 240 pages, 9.27 × 6.29 × 0.88 in

Published: October 21, 2014

Publisher: Penguin Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0670067628

ISBN - 13: 9780670067626

Found in: Biography and Memoir

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book!!! What an amazing book, a real page turner. If you want a good story about someone who has come from nothing and has struggles along the way to where he is now, then this is your book. Plus it's a must read for any hockey fan! This book will take you through ups and downs and it feels like you're with Jordin the entire way. An excellent book period.
Date published: 2015-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read about hockey, and life I seen this book in Vancouver, traveled and could not find it again til I went back to Vancouver. I finished it in 2 days. It is about Tootoo's family, life, and hockey. His life on the ice as a young boy and later on in the NHL. Heartbreaking and true reality of himself. I would recommend this book to anyone who is into hockey.
Date published: 2014-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Click that "Add To Cart" button. Brilliant. I couldn't put it down, and when I had to, I was waiting for the next moment to pick it back up. His story is honest. He doesn't sugarcoat his mistakes. It's just brilliant. I'm from OCN (where his brother and he played hockey in his early career) and to read about his experience from his words is just wonderful. Just click the button, you won't regret it.
Date published: 2014-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Click that "Add To Cart" button. Brilliant. I couldn't put it down, and when I had to, I was waiting for the next moment to pick it back up. His story is honest. He doesn't sugarcoat his mistakes. It's just brilliant. I'm from OCN (where his brother and he played hockey in his early career) and to read about his experience from his words is just wonderful. Just click the button, you won't regret it.
Date published: 2014-10-29

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All The Way: My Life On Ice

by Jordin Tootoo, Stephen Brunt

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 240 pages, 9.27 × 6.29 × 0.88 in

Published: October 21, 2014

Publisher: Penguin Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0670067628

ISBN - 13: 9780670067626

From the Publisher

It seemed as though nothing could stop Jordin Tootoo on the ice. The captain of Canada’s Under-18, a fan favourite on the World Junior squad, and a WHL top prospect who could intimidate both goalies and enforcers, he was always a leader. And when Tootoo was drafted by Nashville in 2000 and made the Predators out of camp in 2003, he became a leader in another way: the first player of Inuk descent to suit up in the NHL.

 

The stress of competition in the world’s top hockey league, the travel, the media, the homesickness—and the added pressure to hold one’s head high as a role model not only for the young people of his hometown of Rankin Inlet but for the culture that had given him the strength and the opportunities to succeed—would have been more than enough to challenge any rookie. But Tootoo faced something far more difficult: the loss of his brother in the year between his draft and his first shift for the Predators. Though he played through it, the tragedy took its inevitable toll. In 2010, Tootoo checked himself into rehab for alcohol addiction. It seemed a promising career had ended too soon.

 

But that’s not the way Tootoo saw it and not the way it would end. As heir to a cultural legacy that included alcohol, despair, and suicide, Tootoo could also draw on a heritage that could help sustain him even thousands of miles away from Nunavut. And in a community haunted by the same hopelessness and substance abuse that so affected Tootoo’s life, it is not just his skill and fearlessness on the ice that have made him a hero, but the courage of his honesty to himself and to the world around him that he needed to rely on others to sustain him through his toughest challenge.

 

All the Way tells the story of someone who has travelled far from home to realize a dream, someone who has known glory and cheering crowds, but also the demons of despair. It is the searing, honest tale of a young man who has risen to every challenge and nearly fallen short in the toughest game of all, while finding a way to draw strength from his community and heritage, and giving back to it as well.

About the Author

STEPHEN BRUNT was a columnist at The Globe and Mail and is currently with Sportsnet, co-host on The FAN 590’s Prime Time Sports with Bob McCown and a contributing writer for Sportsnet Magazine and sportsnet.ca. 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.

Editorial Reviews

"The most compelling, honest and unputdownable hockey read in years." --Maclean's

"Tootoo's book ... hits as hard as he does, with nothing held back." --Winnipeg Sun

"[One] of the year's notable sports books ... [Tootoo's] story comes at the reader like a slapshot, freighted with Tootoo's pain and power." --The Star-Phoenix