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on January 8, 2013
I am not a fan of sports biographies, despite the potential for a great story in the lives of athletes. Many end up as vacant as the sports interviews you see between periods. I bought this book because Derek Sanderson's story is an incredible tale of highs and lows and I expected a story that would encompass that. However, the only word I can think of to describe this book is perfunctory. It barely scratches the surface in his descriptions of events in his life and many times I was left wondering where the rest of the story was...what happened, why did he do that, how did he really feel, and what was he thinking at the time?
Finally, I was left questioning the facts of the story. On page 143 he talks about giving his Stanley Cup rings to his dad and then not seeing them again until he was dating his wife. Later in the book, page 327, he tells a story about an old friend he reconnects with in 1984 who had saved his rings for him in a safety deposit box. Maybe I missed something, but the stories don't fit. This book could have been so much more, but failed to live up to its potential.