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Crossing the Line: The Outrageous Story of a Hockey Original Hardcover – October 5, 2012
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About the Author
Derek Sanderson is a retired professional hockey player who was a key member of the two-time Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins in the early 1970s. Known as “the Turk,” he was the NHL’s rookie of the year in 1968. He lives in Boston. Kevin Shea is an editor for the Hockey Hall of Fame. He is the author of numerous books on hockey, including Lord Stanley: The Man Behind the Cup, Over the Boards: The Ron Ellis Story, and Toronto Maple Leafs: Diary of a Dynasty, 1957–1967.
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Growing up in NYC and becoming an NHL fan around the time he entered professional hockey, he and his big bad Bruins certainly added a dimension to the sport, the likes of what had previously not have existed.
While there is credibility to the belief the team's brawling style led to the ugliness of the mid seventies brawling Flyers, their overall talent and flair with the puck led by the revolutionary defensive style of Bobby Orr and record breaking goal scoring by Phil Esposito really opened up the game.
I attended the game in NYC mentioned in the book where Sa
Except for the first chapter, everything is in chronological order, which is how I like to read books. Sure there was a little back and forth, but not much. The book started to pick up steam when he started his hockey career. I remembered so much. About 1/3 and 2/3 of the way through the book, there are glossy pictures of Derek's life.
I have to give Derek a lot of credit because he hit rock bottom and pulled himself out of it. I remember hearing about how Bobby Orr took him off a park bench and got him on the road to recovery. That wasn't in the book. Derek did mention Bobby got him into his first rehab, but that was it. There were many other rehab and detox places Derek went after that. But don't let that deter anyone from getting this book.
The most powerful chapter was when he hit the skids. Some of the stories were mind boggling.
A definite read for any Bruins fan and anyone who enjoys a great ending.
If I had to make a criticism, the book was a bit disorganized in my view. The first 2/3 made chronological sense, but once we got into the addictions and the personal stuff (especially his Dad), there was a lot of repetition of the same ideas and comments.... I found myself looking back at a previous reference and saying "what does he say that again?" The style is very choppy and conversational, not overly rewritten by a professional. The book would have been even better with a better job of editing down the rambling repeated thoughts and eliminating probably 35+ pages.
But, I took it on flights and it literally made me miss the time I was in the air. I enjoyed it a lot and would recommend it to any 70's hockey fan.