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Former Hockey Star Reflects On Highs And Lows Of His Career

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By John Ostapkovich

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — To long-time hockey fans, the name Derek Sanderson may bring memories of a wildly-talented wild man.

He’s out with his third autobiography, this time a more complete look at a life of success and failure.

Today’s 66 year old Sanderson dismisses his earlier life stories, written at 24 and 26.

He starred first in the NHL and then with the upstart World Hockey Association’s Philadelphia Blazers.

He was living large, but burning through his money, and probably his liver with extreme partying.

That’s why his new book “Crossing the Line” is more than just hockey stories.

“A book about alcohol, redemption, friendship and getting back on your feet, and getting sober and how did you get sober. The laughs are many, and on the way down it keeps getting worse and worse and worse, and then ends up getting back, and how to get back?” Sanderson said.

Sanderson says he’s been sober since 1980 and now works with pro athletes and other high earning types to help them create a nest egg for when the party’s over.