"Brad is not only a Hall of Famer as a player; he's a Hall of Famer as a guy."
—Don Cherry, from the foreword
For a hockey-mad kid from the suburbs of Toronto, Brad Park didn't do too badly.
Playing the game every chance he got, often with his brother or under the watchful eye of his coach father, Brad quickly found the work ethic and talent that would take him far. Rising through the ranks of junior hockey with the Toronto Marlies and Buffalo Bisons, it wasn't long before he was proving himself a key member of the New York Rangers and later the Boston Bruins. But Brad's story is about more than just his time on the ice. It's about life in the NHL, his experiences off the ice, of building teams and what it takes to build a career out of the sport you love. It's about his family, his friendships and the hard work and dedication it takes to balance everything.
Through the highs of playoff rounds and the '72 Summit Series to his trying times with the Detroit Red Wings and the lows of knee surgeries that could have ended his career prematurely, Thom Sears and Brad Park take you on a guided tour deep into the heart of one of the longest and most distinguished careers ever seen in the NHL. Highlights and interviews from other notable stars such as Don Cherry, Walter Tkaczuk, Gerry Cheevers, Jean Ratelle, Rod Gilbert and a host of others, provide additional color, balance and insight.
Sometimes joyous, sometimes bittersweet, Straight Shooter is the captivating, authorized and candid biography of a hockey legend.
Thom Sears was born in Cambridge, Ontario. He is a volunteer at the Hockey Hall of Fame and proud member of SIHR (Society for International Hockey Research). Growing up, Thom lived and breathed the game of hockey. He wrote his first hockey book at the age of 12; a simple book on Wayne Gretzky, complete with illustrations and cut up O-Pee-Chee and Topps hockey cards, that if left intact would be worth a small fortune today. Presently, Thom works as a professional actor in Toronto where he lives with his wife and two daughters.
For 17 NHL seasons Toronto-born Brad Park patrolled the blue line for the New York Rangers, Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings, bringing intelligence, skill, will and a quick wit to the game. He was a perennial All-Star who, in 1988, was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Park currently lives in the Boston area, and is still a fixture at Bruins and Rangers alumni events.