Why I Didn't Say Anything: The Sheldon Kennedy Story by Sheldon KennedyWhy I Didn't Say Anything: The Sheldon Kennedy Story by Sheldon Kennedy

Why I Didn't Say Anything: The Sheldon Kennedy Story

bySheldon Kennedy

Hardcover | May 22, 2006

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In 1996, Sheldon Kennedy rocked the insular world of Canadian hockey by announcing that his former minor-league coach, Graham James - the Hockey News 1989 Man of the Year - had sexually abused him more than 300 times.The media portrayed Kennedy as a hero for breaking the code of silence in professional hockey and bringing James to justice. The heroic myth intensified in 1998 when Kennedy announced that he was going to in-line skate from Newfoundland to British Columbia to raise awareness of sexual abuse. The skate raised over $1 million for Canadian Red Cross sexual abuse programs, and Kennedy settled in Calgary with his wife and young daughter.Anyone who has followed hockey in the last ten years is familiar with the story of ex-NHL player Sheldon Kennedy. As one of the most promising hockey talents to emerge from the Canadian minor leagues in the last two decades, Kennedy was destined for hockey greatness. But after he was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in 1988, he attracted more attention for his off-ice antics than for his contributions to the score sheet. Plagued by rumours of drug and alcohol abuse and a string of injuries, Kennedy drifted from team to team.The happy ending promised by the headlines never materialized. Still haunted by the demons of sexual abuse, Kennedy's life spiralled out of control. Now he has finally come forward to tell his story, and the story of coach Graham James, who is out of prison and currently coaching hockey in Europe.
Sheldon Kennedy skated for three teams in his eight-year NHL career and played for Canada's gold-medal-winning team in the 1988 World Junior Hockey Championship. He is best known for his courageous decision to charge his minor-league hockey coach, Graham James, with sexual assault for the abuse he suffered over a five-year period while...
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Title:Why I Didn't Say Anything: The Sheldon Kennedy StoryFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pagesPublished:May 22, 2006Publisher:Insomniac PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1897178077

ISBN - 13:9781897178072

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A sad tale by real guy struggling with a real problem. A sad tale by real guy struggling with a real problem. Well he has many problems and it is interesting to hear about his life in the NHL and what he grew up with. This type of thing happens a lot and many people do not talk about it. Sheldon Kennedy. He gains my respect for having battled this demon which few talk about and he is willing to talk about his struggles and how it faces him and challenges him
Date published: 2010-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding Job! This book really hit home as I have know survivors that have gone through similar experiences. It is very hard to talk about sexual abuse. Sheldon Kennedy, to me is more than just a survivor of sexual abuse, a multi talented person who has accomplished alot. I think that this book shows us that through lifes many roads there are detours and there are road closures, and we are all affected in some way or another. He shows how real sexual abuse is and how real he is. Like he says he's got nothing to hide. I think more people that are in the sports should speak about their experiences as well. He has laid out the foundation for those who want to talk about it. It's straight to the point and shows who Sheldon Kennedy really is, which is a survivor, an athlete, and a human being.
Date published: 2006-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Amazing This book is absolutely amazing. It goes more in depth with the life of Sheldon Kennedy and what happened to him as a child, while he was growing and into adulthood and what he is still going through as an adult. It absolutely caught me off guard when I first started to read it. I saw the movie "The Sheldon Kennedy Story" and the movie doesn't tell you half of what the book tells you. I even did a report on Sheldon Kennedy. He has influenced me in so many different ways to come out with my story of sexual abuse. This book should be read by all people who love the game of hockey. The book just pulls you into the life of Sheldon Kennedy. It ended differently from the way I thought it might but some stories don't have a happy ending this book did have a happy ending. Some of the stuff wrote in the book were just mind-blowing. The book just throw me for a loop.
Date published: 2006-06-19