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Q&A: 10 Questions With Hockey Legend Derek Sanderson
October 27, 2012
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Well, it's another Saturday night without the NHL. The league has now officially cancelled all games through November 30.

That means if the owners and players can't get a deal, and the entire month of November is missed, more than a quarter of the season could be lost.

And there are growing concerns, the annual Winter Classic on January 1 and the all-star game could be cancelled too.

In the meantime, Hockey Night In Canada has got you covered with 'HNIC: Your Pick'. Each week, you get to choose the classic game CBC broadcasts. To find out more and cast your vote, click here.

One classic moment a lot of fans remember is this photo of Bobby Orr scoring the Stanley Cup overtime winning goal for the Boston Bruins in 1970.


At the time, it was Boston's first Cup since 1941. And it has become one of the most famous goals in hockey history.

Well, the guy who passed the puck to Orr was another Bruins' star Derek Sanderson. In the summer of '72, Sanderson jumped from the NHL to the rival World Hockey Association.

He signed a 2.6 million dollar contract - at the time, the richest deal in sports history, making him the highest paid athlete in the world.

But behind the money and the fame, Sanderson was an alcoholic and an addict. He bottomed out, losing it all, and ended up sleeping under bridges. At one point, he was so sick, he had to use crutches to walk.

The-Strombo-Q&A-10-questions-with-hockey-legend-derek-sanderson-feature2.jpg Sanderson recovered, got sober and now, he helps young athletes avoid the dangers of becoming famous so fast.

He also has a new book called 'Crossing The Line: The Outrageous Story Of A Hockey Original.' You can find out more about here.

We asked Sanderson to take The Strombo Q&A:

1. What makes you happy?
DS: Being sober for my family is what makes me happiest. They don't know 'that' Derek Sanderson.

2. What's your biggest fear?
DS: My father taught me to not fear anything. Having said that, much of my addiction to alcohol and drugs was tied to fear: fear of flying, fear of talking to women, etc. I conquered those fears years ago.

3. Who is the greatest NHL player you've ever seen and why?
DS: Unquestionably, Bobby Orr. He was simply the best both on and off the ice.

4. What's the most expensive thing you've ever bought?
DS: When I signed with Philadelphia of the WHA, I paid cash for a Rolls Royce. It was a beautiful, beautiful car.

5. A movie or movie scene that always makes you cry?
DS: None.

6. Is there a moment or event that dramtically changed your life?
DS: No question, it was getting sober. Everything was different after that.

7. What's something you want to do before you die?
DS: I want to see my sons graduate from university. Both boys, Michael and Ryan, are now in university.

8. Name three people (alive or dead) that you'd like to have dinner with?
DS: Could only come up with two - my Dad and Winston Churchill. Both my father and I would love that.

9. What's your biggest pet peeve?
DS: People who drive slowly in the passing lane.

10. What piece of advice would you give for someone to live a good life?
DS: Understand your fears and then work to conquer them.

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