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Crossing The Line [Hardcover]

Derek S Sanderson
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Oct. 5 2012

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. Sanderson does not hold back in this highly entertaining and truly inspirational book.

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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. He lives in Toronto. Bobby Orr is a former professional hockey player who was with the Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks. He holds the record for most points and assists in a single season by a defenseman and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1979 at age 31, the youngest to be inducted into the Hall at that time. He lives in Hobe Sound, Florida.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for hockey fans Nov. 8 2012
By twmsarh
I was completely surprised by this book. Sanderson and Kevin Shea have put together a telling of Sanderson's life that readers will find riveting regardless of whether or not they are hockey fans. The highs and lows of his life were so extreme that they are the stuff of legend. There are of course the stories of Derek's rise to fame and his party lifestyle, along with wonderful anecdotes about playing with his good friends Bobby Orr and Phil Esposito, but for me the best parts of the book came out in the retelling of Derek's relationship with his father, who was the most significant influence in his life. From the world's highest paid athlete, partying with celebrities at Studio 54 to broke and sleeping in Central Park, this book proves that sometimes the most entertaining stories are not thought up, but are entirely true
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5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING READ Nov. 19 2012
Another EXCELLENT book written by Kevin Shea!!!

For the longest time, I've said Mr. Shea's book, "Without A Trace; The Bill Barilko Story" was THE BEST SPORTS BOOK I'VE EVER READ!!

Well....That is still; # 1!.........Crossing The Line is # 1(a)

The first 1/3 of the book is a SUPER smooth read! It feels like you are sitting with Derek, having a coffee, and he is telling you what happened.

Then, it gets into a more SERIOUS, moving, and involved section, that DEFINITELY holds the reader's attention!!

The last part is very warm, and like the rest of the book; VERY DIRECT!! A great ending to a terrific book!

I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK, for hockey fans, who remember Derek as an outstanding face-off artist, and one of the best penalty killers of his time.

I would also recommend this book for hockey fans, under 40, as a definite part of your hockey education.

THIS would make an EXCELLENT MOVIE!!

Mr. Sanderson is the embodiment of the saying..."THE GREATEST ACOMPLISHMENT IS NOT IN NEVER FALLING....BUT, IN RISING AGAIN AFTER YOU FALL", which was first said by a pretty amazing man in his own right....VINCE LOMBARDI!!

If you have a sports fan, on your list, and/or, in your family, who is tough to buy for....NOT ANY MORE!!! This is it!!!
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A very good autobiography. I watched Derek play at Maple Leaf Gardens in the 1970's when he was with the Bruins. I think he grew up lot and learned from his mistakes. Nice to read that he has a better life now than he was leading in his hay-day.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Two thumbs up June 20 2014
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Great book about the life of Derek Sanderson. We learn that life can be hazardous for people with too much money to spend.
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4.0 out of 5 stars General Comment April 18 2014
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The book is as described.

I'm unsure how this book was removed from the circulation system at a public library. It seems weird that someone is profiting from a library book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Go bruins Jan. 28 2014
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Great story. What a wild life. It did drag on a little bit and go over the same stories and views a few times.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Derek Sanderson oh hell.... Aug. 22 2013
Derek Sanderson was "the" hockey player I hated the most when I was 9 years old. He was a villain. Back then, good was still admired, bad behavior was Sanderson. On the ice and off. In today's society he'd be more famous like those athletes who are jerks and still admired. Back then, only Bruins fans liked him.

This is a good hockey book and a great read. Kevin Shea is a fine hockey writer and I've enjoyed his other books. But I'd just like to state a couple things that the reader might not get out of the book. Firstly, Sanderson was a great player before he left for the WHA. He was a great skater. He could kill penalties. He won face offs. He was tough. He calls himself a third line center. That is BS. I don't know of another player at the time who could do all the things he could do. Every team would have wanted him, he was that good.

Secondly, the bad guy image. He wasn't just a guy having fun. But he did it in a nasty way. I can remember a game as a kid where the Leafs beat Boston 2-0 and with a few minutes left and the Bruins frustrated, Sanderson went after Tim Horton, putting on a ridiculous show, fighting linesmen and teammates to get at Horton. The Leafs fans couldn't even enjoy the win without shaking their heads at the antics. He was an arrogant piece of work. The other thing I remember is a Hockey Night in Canada intermission feature on him. I don't remember the feature except he threw a coffee cup or the like, into the street before getting in his car. Again, arrogance. It's funny how when you are a kid those heroes and villains seem to last a lifetime. Dave Keon was my hero, Sanderson my villain. And no book 40 years later is going to change that.
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