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Boy on Ice: The Life and Death of Derek Boogaard Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Branch, John
ISBN: 0393351912     ISBN-13: 9780393351910
Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc
    OUR PRICE: $14.36  
Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: October 2015
Annotation: Traces the career of the star player for the New York Rangers, from his childhood in Saskatchewan to his professional career, and reveals how a series of concussions led to his accidental death and subsequent investigations into systematic violence in contact sports.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Hockey players; Canada; Biography.
Violence in sports.
BISAC Categories:
- Sports & Recreation | Hockey
- Biography & Autobiography | Sports
Dewey: 796.962092
LCCN: bl2015043436
Academic/Grade Level: General Adult
Book type: Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 5.50" W x 1.00" (0.64 lbs) 371 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2014 June #4)

New York Times reporter Branch's chronicle of Derek Boogaard's winning but ultimately tragic life as hockey's greatest enforcer is as tense and exciting as a hockey game. Branch follows Boogaard from his earliest days in the rinks as a member of the Regina Pats to his days with the Minnesota Wild and eventually to the New York Rangers. Boogaard, he points out, was never the most talented player on his minor hockey teams, but that he was a "big obstacle planted in front of the goal to gum up the opponent's offense." As his career took off, Boogaard accepted his role as enforcer, and Branch brings to life the highlights of his biggest fights, including his bout against Todd Fedoruk, which effectively ended Fedoruk's career. Boogaard's kindness and compassion off the ice contrasts with his on-ice persona, and the many fights and the painkillers begin to take their toll. Branch captures the sorrow and anguish of a young athlete's career collapsing due to the combination of drugs and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE)—a kind of dementia that causes memory loss and emotional instability (sufferers are referred to as "punch drunks")—and asks piercing questions about violence in sports. (Oct.)

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