October 26, 2022 6:23am
A Canadian hockey icon will be in Sarnia on Wednesday for a special event, and to sign copies of his brand new autobiography.
Seven-time Stanley Cup champion and hockey hall of famer Bryan Trottier will be hosting a conversation with fellow hockey player Jason Simon at the Sarnia Library Theatre.
He’ll also be mingling with fans, and signing copies of his book “All Roads Home: A Life On and Off the Ice.”
Trottier said it highlights his life growing up in an Indigenous home in the small town of Val Marie, Saskatchewan.
“It’s my story, and every story is kind of unique,” said Trottier. “Going from remote Saskatchewan to New York City to Pittsburgh, and then coaching and raising kids. I think the joy of being in the family that I had, there’s just a lot of happy moments in this book and a lot of fun stories about cousins and friends and times on the ice. They’re wonderful memories and I get to share them with hockey fans and young student athletes that have a dream, and some indigenous kids who might be shy and encourage them to pursue their dream.”
Trottier said it was nice to be able to reflect back on his successful career.
He noted that he’s lost several hockey friends over the past year.
“There’s moments where we all look back and reminisce and we smile and we cheer each other on,” said Trottier. “At the same time, these past several months have been tough for the hockey world. We’ve lost a lot of great people like Mike Bossy, Clark Gillies, Guy Lafleur and Jean Potvin. It’s been a tough, tough year saying goodbye to people, but we cherish their memories and celebrate their lives.”
Some of the characters featured in the book include Trottier’s father Buzz; legendary New York Islanders coach Al Arbour; teammates Clark Gillies and Mike Bossy; and the Penguins’ Mario Lemieux, to name but a few.
Trottier put up 1,425 points through 1,279 career NHL regular season games with the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins. He won six cups as a player, and another as an assistant coach with the Colorado Avalanche.
The event is being held at 7 p.m., in partnership with the Sarnia Book Keeper.
Tickets are $35 and come with a copy of Trottier’s book.
For more information, and to purchase tickets, go to www.sarniabookkeeper.com.
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