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By Derek Sanderson, Kevin Shea

The autobiography of 1 of hockey’s first rebels and a cherished member of the “Big undesirable Bruins,” this publication stocks how Derek Sanderson’s ferocious variety helped lead the workforce to 2 Stanley Cup victories within the early Nineteen Seventies. residing existence within the quickly lane, Sanderson grew his hair lengthy, built a significant consuming challenge, and finally discovered himself out of the league and prowling the streets for his subsequent drink. during this autobiography, Sanderson comes fresh on his existence in hockey, the demons that threatened to eat him, and the power and braveness it took to struggle his long ago. this day a profitable entrepreneur and speaker, Sanderson’s very good tale is a needs to learn for any fan of hockey.

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Did you get five minutes for receiving? ” “Always,” he said. “The ref will always send you both off, five and five. So defend yourself. You’re playing the same team again tomorrow night, so I want you to straighten that guy out right away. indd 36 9/5/12 5:22 PM The Start of My Ho ckey Career “Okay,” I nodded. The next night, we were skating around in the warmup. The guy with the helmet was skating around like a big shot, so I timed it so that I’d reach centre ice at the same time he did. As he circled along the red line, I stepped over and hit him with a right hook.

I walked back and Peter Quinlan asked, “What the hell are you doing, Sanderson? ” Just then, Mike Quinlan, the older brother, grabbed me and demanded, “Do what you’re told. ” I said. “Peter shot it, Peter gets it. ” Mike pushed me and we got into a fight. I took a bit of a beating, but they never, ever asked me to get another stray puck. I was harmlessly naive. I didn’t look at being sent after pucks as any kind of dominance thing. I was just happy to be accepted, playing with the older boys.

Leigh lost interest in hockey early, but he did finish out the year. I am pretty sure that he only registered so he could get the skates my dad bought him. My father became a disciple of Lloyd Percival, who hosted a popular CBC radio program called Sports College. The show gave listeners tips on how to be a good athlete and a good sport. Many of Percival’s ideas were revolutionary, and ran contrary to popular thinking at the time. He also wrote a book, published in 1951, called The Hockey Handbook.

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