Crossing The Line Hardcover – Oct 5 2012
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About the Author
DEREK SANDERSON grew up in Niagara Falls, Ontario, and played for the Boston Bruins, New York Rangers, St. Louis Blues, Vancouver Canucks and Pittsburgh Penguins of the NHL, as well as the Philadelphia Blazers of the WHA. A former sports commentator, Sanderson is currently an investment professional in Boston, where he serves as a financial advisor for athletes.
KEVIN SHEA is the editor of publications for the Hockey Hall of Fame and the author of twelve hockey books, including Barilko: Without a Trace and Lord Stanley: The Man Behind the Cup. Shea is the recipient of the 2012 Brian McFarlane Award for excellence in research and writing.
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Top Customer Reviews
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!!!
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.
But Sanderson, on his end...live like few others will. Paid cash for a high end Rolls Royce, played in NHL and won 2 Cups, slept with hundreds of beauty women, owned a successful bar in Boston. Maybe he knew what he was doing all along. Wanted the fast life style instead of another cup or two.
I gave the book a 4...I felt the book wasn't entirely truthful. Feeling Derek left some facts out either to protect other players or....just lying. Maybe to protect his family from certian details. Hard to believe anybody that hockey smart would be dumb enough to try coke for the first time after getting a phone call from the fuzz he was being set up by 2 hoes and about to be busted. He was on it before and got a break on the drug test. Also, if clean why tell people at a party in '73 to be clean as his company would be 2 female undercover officers?
Most recent customer reviews
A very well written book about the life and times of a very colorful Hockey player who was a very good player . Read morePublished 11 months ago by Neil
I always get great products and quick shipping when dealing with Amazon. I have never had any problem. The product is always a great as I expect it to be. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Lee
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. Read morePublished on July 6 2014 by Linda Cowan
Great book about the life of Derek Sanderson. We learn that life can be hazardous for people with too much money to spend.Published on June 20 2014 by Martin Charpentier
The book is as described.
I'm unsure how this book was removed from the circulation system at a public library. Read more
Great story. What a wild life. It did drag on a little bit and go over the same stories and views a few times.Published on Jan. 28 2014 by chad silvari
Pretty good read. lt seemed that he glossed over what should have been some of the juicier recollections of his heyday, l guess he either couldn't remember or didn't want to get... Read morePublished on July 8 2013 by Steve McLean