Was one of the most unheralded captains of the Toronto Maple Leafs also one of the greatest players in the history of hockey's most popular team? In telling his story of turmoil in Toronto's Ballard years (and with Don Cherry's Mississauga Ice Dogs), growing up in an environment filled with alcohol and alcoholism, and his own struggles and battles, Rick Vaive finally sets the record straight.
RICK VAIVE is a retired professional hockey player. Born in Ottawa and raised in Charlottetown, he played in the NHL from 1979-92, for the Vancouver Canucks, Toronto Maple Leafs, Chicago Blackhawks and Buffalo Sabres. As captain of the Maple Leafs from 1982-86, he scored more than fifty goals in three consecutive seasons, making him the first player in team history to achieve that mark and the only one to do it more than once. He coached seven seasons in the minor professional leagues and one in the Ontario Hockey League, winning a championship with the expansion South Carolina Stingrays in 1997. He continues today as an ambassador for the Toronto Maple Leafs and NHL. SCOTT MORRISON has provided cogent and colourful hockey analysis since his start in 1979, covering the Maple Leafs and NHL for the Toronto Sun. Having reported and provided analysis for Sportsnet and CBC Television and Radio, while making regular appearances across the sports-radio dial, he brings a trusted and measured voice to the hockey-media landscape, twice serving as president of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association. He has written numerous books, including 100 Years, 100 Moments- A Centennial of NHL Hockey. In 2006, he received the Hockey Hall of Fame's Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award. He lives in Toronto.
"Hockey players tend to pull their punches in their autobiographies, and sometimes try to make themselves look better than they were. Not Vaive. This book is raw and real. The stories of his family, his battle with alcoholism, even the feelings that his career might be over before it even really started, show a genuine interest in telling the reader what things were really like to be Rick Vaive. Morrison is a great storyteller, having covered Vaive and the Maple Leafs through the 1980s when he was with the Toronto Sun. As a result, there are some fun media memories, too." -Kevin McGran, Toronto Star
"[Catch 22] is an engrossing and informative read. . . . [I]ntriguing." -Toronto Sun
"[E]xcellent." -Dave Feschuk, Toronto Star