Actress dating hockey players
I always thought guys who’d go toe-to-toe with each other was the stupidest thing in the world, because all you need to do is make sure you land on top of that guy, and then the fans cheer. Q: You write, “The NHL discourages individuality because they like to control things.” Was that a governing aspect of your career—trying to wrest control back from the league?
A: Yeah, look at the [birth of the] Sean Avery rule [which states that you can’t face a goalie and distract him].
Long story short, I was always trying to stay ahead of them.
I’ve always had this chip on my shoulder because of my size, and I was always having to defend myself when I even walked into a room.
The mentality is, “We promote this type of player, and this type of player only.” It’s been safe and, I guess you could say, successful.
You describe the way drug addictions take hold among players, and how you would regularly take injections of Toradol during the playoffs, despite the threat of liver damage.
Are people being encouraged to take risks with their lives for the sake of a team?
“I think there’s a lot of life lessons to be learned in this book, through mistakes that I made,” he says.
features hitherto-unthinkable passages in which he discusses his love of Shakespeare, the value of mindfulness, and the fact that he cried during his NHL hearing for making his most infamous comment, about how Dion Phaneuf was dating his “sloppy seconds” (i.e., actress Elisha Cuthbert).
It was the only place I felt like I belonged with the people.