OFF­SIDE: MY LIFE CROSS­ING THE LINE

$32 (Cdn.), Vik­ing Canada, 336 pgs, 6" x 9", hard­cover

The Hockey News - - BUZZ - – RYAN KENNEDY

Dur­ing his play­ing days, Sean Avery would al­ways de­flect the in­sider-type ques­tions, say­ing he was sav­ing his an­swers for his book. Well, that book has ar­rived, and Avery did not dis­ap­point. He pulls no punches in Off­side, which comes out in October. Avery names names, takes on con­tro­ver­sies and lays bare the highs and lows of his ca­reer with Detroit, Los An­ge­les, Dal­las and the New York Rangers. And it’s not all muck­rak­ing. It’s very clear from the book how deeply Avery re­spected the le­gends he played with as a rookie in Detroit, with Chris Che­lios, Brett Hull and Bren­dan Shana­han serv­ing as men­tors and close friends through­out his ca­reer. Steve Yz­er­man is also li­on­ized.

We also get some very un­fil­tered words on the coaches Avery did not get along with, in par­tic­u­lar Andy Mur­ray and John Tor­torella. If you ever won­dered what was go­ing through Avery’s head dur­ing his hockey days, the an­swers are all here. And from mak­ing Paris Hil­ton cry to find­ing out his friends once ac­ci­den­tally poi­soned Hull, Avery de­liv­ers many more tales that are worth the cover price.

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