OFFSIDE: MY LIFE CROSSING THE LINE
$32 (Cdn.), Viking Canada, 336 pgs, 6" x 9", hardcover
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.