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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 Cups 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 coat and, when asked what winning the Stanley Cup meant to him said, “The difference in the money is whether I take a college chick to Cape Cod or a Playmate to France.” 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 a 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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Crossing the Line
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4.3 / 5
A great hockey bio
March 22nd, 2015
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
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Derek Sanderson, Crossing the Line
February 19th, 2014
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.
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September 15th, 2013
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.
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