Derek Sanderson's new memoir Crossing the Line: The Outrageous Story of a Hockey Original
Crossing the Line
by Derek Sanderson
Years after his final game on the ice, The “Turk” is astounding his fans once again. Winner of the Calder Memorial Trophy in his rookie year, the Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy in his second and two Stanley Cups with the Boston Bruins in 1970 and 1972, Derek Sanderson was a light for several NHL and OHA teams who faded too quickly. His triumphant fight back to the top is what made him a legend. The autobiography of one of hockey’s first rebels and a beloved member of the “Big Bad Bruins,” Crossing the Line: The Outrageous Story of a Hockey Original (Triumph Books) shares how legend Derek Sanderson’s ferocious style helped lead the team to two Stanley Cup Championships in the early 1970s.
Revealing how life in the fast lane can quickly spiral out of control, Sanderson holds nothing back. His
serious drinking problem, which helped lead him to a life prowling the streets, brought him to his lowest of
lows. In this autobiography, Sanderson comes clean, fighting the demons that threatened to consume him
and how he found the courage to fight his way back to the top, including some incredible moments such as:
● Fighting for a spot on an NHL team in 1965
● Winning his first and second Stanley Cup Championships with the Boston Bruins
● His war with drugs and alcohol which led to his downfall from hockey stardom
● Overcoming the demons that come with living hard
Crossing the Line gives Sanderson’s millions of fans a rare glimpse into the life of a hockey legend’s fall from stardom and how he rose from the ashes.
About the Authors:
Derek Sanderson is a retired professional hockey player who was a key member of the twotime 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.