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Offside

Written by: Sean Avery,Michael McKinley
Narrated by: Sean Avery
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Publisher's Summary

Hockey's most polarizing figure takes us inside the game, shedding light on not only what goes on behind closed doors but also what makes professional athletes tick.

As one of the NHL's most polarizing players, Sean Avery turned the rules of professional hockey on their head. For 13 seasons, he played for some of the most storied franchises in the league, including the Detroit Red Wings, the Los Angeles Kings, and the New York Rangers, making his mark in each city as a player who was sometimes loved, sometimes despised, and always controversial.

In Offside, Avery displays his trademark candor about the world of pro hockey and does for it what Jim Bouton's game-changing Ball Four did for baseball. Avery goes deep inside the sport to reveal every aspect of pro athletes' lives, from how they spend their money and their nights off to how they stay sharp and conditioned and employed. Avery also examines his singular career path - while playing the talented villain on ice, he skated out of character in the off-season, taking on unexpected and unprecedented roles: Vogue intern, fashion model, advertising executive, restaurateur, gay rights advocate, and many more.

Rollickingly honest and compelling throughout, Offside transcends the sports book genre and offers a rare, unvarnished glimpse into the world of 21st-century hockey through the eyes of one of its most original and memorable players.

©2017 Sean Avery (P)2017 Viking

What the critics say

"Offside... may be described as Ken Dryden's The Game rewritten by Hunter S. Thompson." (Globe and Mail)

“[A] lively, dishy bildungsroman on skates.” (Sports Illustrated)

“[Avery] pulls no punches... Love him or loathe him, Avery is unapologetically himself in his tell-all.” (TSN)

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get alittle of what you expect and alot you didnt.

In true avery fashion, he is boastful and self aggrandizing. However it only adds to the wild story of one of hockeys most divisive figures. I hated him on the ice but since his retirement he has shown his true self and paints an interesting contrast to his character on the ice. He is honest about his flaws and unapologetic with his success. I kind of wish we knew more of this when he was playing, maybe I would have enjoyed him more. give it a try you wont be disappointed.

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really good book

enjoyed it from beginning to end and Avery actually does a good job narrating. would reccomend to any hockey fan

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I'd sign him

As a lifelong hockey fan it's interesting to see what's beyond what we see on the surface and the way it's presented to us through media. An agitator, not a goon.

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The Trump of hockey stories

Lots of self aggrandising by Avery. He makes himself sound like the second coming of Wayne Gretzky. Book is entertaining, though I wonder if Avery originally wrote it in crayon.

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i enjoyed it

its a story ive always wanted to hear the other side of , and its a good one with a mixture of everything in it . My opinion of mr. sean avery definetly changed after listining to his story even though my opinion of him behand was never bad . i always enjoyed watching him play , stiring the pot and i understood the value of what he was doing but i never realized how much personnal bullshit he had to deal with because of it. koodos for sticking to your true self 👌👍

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definitely a MUST for hockey fans

this book was great for start to finish. the book was easily one of the best ive listened to. the guys a beauty. eff torts

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Avery turns out to be a great storyteller!

Solid listen. Fascinating perspective and insight into the world of the NHL, hockey and accompanying celebrity from one of the leagues most (in)famous outsiders. Gained a whole new respect for Avery after listening this. He’s got a lot of great stories too!

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Excellent book

This is a great book. I like to see more like it. WOW WOW AND MORE WOW.

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As a Hockey Player this book was very good and I loved listening to it

I liked how he didn’t hold back and he said exactly what life was like, a lot of people hold back some details when telling life stories so they don’t get in trouble or don’t get embarassed but I liked how he said exactly how it happened. He voice went really well with story, you could hear the emotion in his voice at exciting parts and sad parts as well. Great Read

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Solid Book

Loved hearing Sean’s side of things. I do think his memory of things is somewhat biased, especially the “Fight” with Ladislav Smid. Sean’s version is a little different than the reality. I really enjoyed the book and saw a different side him. I would recommend this book.

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