Wednesday October 21, 2015

Former NHL player Patrick O'Sullivan on living with an abusive father

'I cried when I was being abused. Once it was over I didn't cry because that was the good times.' Patrick O'Sullivan's memoir is called 'Breaking Away: A Harrowing True Story of Resilience, Courage and Triumph.'

'I cried when I was being abused. Once it was over I didn't cry because that was the good times.' Patrick O'Sullivan's memoir is called 'Breaking Away: A Harrowing True Story of Resilience, Courage and Triumph.' (HarperCollins)

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"It's hard to try to have a good game when you're constantly worried about how bad you were going to get hit after the game."  - Patrick O'Sullivan, former NHL player 

As a young man, former NHL player Patrick O'Sullivan lived a life suffering from abuse for years. In many ways his road to hockey success is a cautionary tale about parents who strive for glory through their children. 

"If it didn't stop somebody was going to potentially die.  I didn't know which one of us it was going to be but something real bad was going to happen." - Patrick O'Sullivan on the abuse at the hands of his father 
Patrick O'Sullivan - Breaking Away

And in his case, Patrick O'Sullivan's father used violence and psychological torment to force his son into being the hockey player he could never be.

Now Patrick O'Sullvan is telling that story in his powerful new memoir "Breaking Away: A Harrowing True Story of Resilience, Courage and Triumph". He joined Anna Maria in our Toronto studio.
 

This segment was produced by The Current's Howard Goldenthal.