Following on the bestselling success of the inspiring All the Way, pioneering Inuit NHLer Jordin Tootoo begins the process of healing in the wake of the suicide and violence that marked his family, only to discover the source of all that trauma in his father's secret past.
For some hockey players, retirement marks the moment when it’s all over. But Jordin Tootoo is not most hockey players.
Having inspired millions when he first broke into the league, Tootoo continued to influence people throughout his career—not only through his very public triumph over alcoholism, but also his natural charisma. And now, years after hanging up his skates, he is more committed to doing things the right way and speaking about it to others, whether it’s corporate executives or Indigenous youth.
But the news of unmarked graves on the grounds of residential schools brought back to life many of the demons that had haunted his family. In a moment of realization that left him rattled and saddened, Tootoo fit the pieces together. The years that were never spoken of. The heavy drinking. The all too predictable violence. His father was a survivor, marked by what he had survived.
And, Tootoo realizes, his community is marked in the same way. Its joy too often sapped away by alcoholism, its youth all too often cut down by suicide—as his brother had been. As he travels back to Nunavut to try to speak with his father about what haunts him, he encounters the ghosts of the entire community.
Still, as Tootoo says, we are continuously learning and rewriting our story at every step. He has learned from his mistakes and his victories. He has learned from examples of great courage and humility. He has learned from being a father and a husband. And he has learned from his own Inuk traditions, of perseverance and discipline in the face of hardship.
Weaving together life’s biggest themes with observations and episodes, Jordin shares the kind of wisdom he has had to specialize in—the hard-won kind.
About the authors
JORDIN TOOTOO is the first Inuk hockey player to play in the NHL. Jordin got the attention of the NHL as a tough, talented right-winger in his junior hockey days in Manitoba. In 2003, he received national attention when he played for Team Canada at the World Junior Hockey Championship. After playing 13 seasons in the NHL, he retired in 2018. He is known for speaking to youth and maintaining his Inuit culture. STEPHEN BRUNT is an award-winning writer and broadcaster for Sportsnet, and the co-host of The FAN 590’s Writers Bloc with Jeff Blair and Richard Deitsch. He is the author of the #1 national bestselling Searching for Bobby Orr and All the Way, with Jordin Tootoo. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario, and in Winterhouse Brook, Newfoundland.
Other titles by Jordin Tootoo
Other titles by Stephen Brunt
All Roads Home
A Life On and Off the Ice
A Life in Hockey
Now I'm Catching On
My Life On and Off the Air
The Best of Stephen Brunt
A collection from Sportsnet magazine’s award-winning back-page columnist
Hockey, Canada, and the Day Everything Changed
Searching for Bobby Orr
The Way It Looks from Here
Contemporary Canadian Writing on Sports
15 Fighters, 15 Stories