Crossing The Line

Paperback | October 15, 2013

byDerek Sanderson, Kevin Shea

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In this national bestseller, Derek Sanderson holds nothing back about his hockey career, his drug and alcohol abuse, and the tough road back

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 Cup championships 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 fur coat and, when asked what winning the Stanley Cup meant to him, said, “The difference in the money is whether I take acollege chick to Cape Cod or a Playmate to France.” The boy from Niagara Falls became the toast of Boston and New York, owning a nightclub with Joe Namath and even hosting his own talk show. 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 an NHL 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.

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In this national bestseller, Derek Sanderson holds nothing back about his hockey career, his drug and alcohol abuse, and the tough road backDerek 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 C...

DEREK SANDERSON grew up in Niagara Falls, Ontario, and played for the Boston Bruins, New York Rangers, St. Louis Blues, Vancouver Canucks and Pittsburgh Penguins of the NHL, as well as the Philadelphia Blazers of the WHA. A former sports commentator, Sanderson is currently an investment professional in Boston, where he serves as a fina...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.9 inPublished:October 15, 2013Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1443409693

ISBN - 13:9781443409698

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great hockey bio This was a great read! Most importantly it wasn't written as a typical cookie cutter biography. Instead, it has the feel that you're one on one listening to stories told by Derek himself. Compared to the other hockey bios I've read what makes this unique is that it goes beyond the subject as a hockey player and his on ice achievements to provide a more decriptive profile of the individual. This was a great story about how fast addiction can take ove one's life, going from the highest of highs to absolute rock bottom. If you enjoy this read I would also recommend 'The Crazy Game' by Clint Malarchuk as it is also a great story about rise and fall and ultimately rehabilitation
Date published: 2015-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Derek Sanderson, Crossing the Line Real good story about the highs & lows of life in general; being on top of the world as a professional hockey player & succumbing to alcohol & drugs & battling back. He's lucky to be alive but for the pride, perseverance & love of family, friends & faith. Genuine honesty shine through & leaves you feeling good about how he fought his demons to be where he is today & how he continues to help others by relaying his own story. I'm sure he helped a lot of young people on the way & I say, good for him & to those he helped.
Date published: 2014-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Derek Sanderson, Crossing the Line Well written, easy reading, walk down memory lane of the NHL's glory years. An honest, self reflecting memoir from one of hockey's first bad boys. A great read for any hockey fan.
Date published: 2013-09-15