ALL THE KINGS MEN PODCAST: Patrick O’Sullivan

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From Harper Collins…

http://www.harpercollins.com/9781443444668/breaking-away

In the tradition of Playing with Fire and The Crazy Game comes a new memoir about a troubled hockey life.

Patrick O’Sullivan was a kid with skills, with natural gifts that catapulted him into the spotlight and made NHL scouts rave. O’Sullivan seemed destined to become one of the next great hockey players in the world. But then it all went horribly wrong.

In Breaking Away, Patrick O’Sullivan gives readers a disturbing account of ten years of ever escalating physical abuse and emotional cruelty at the hands of his father. When Patrick proved more skilled than other eight-year-olds, John O’Sullivan decided to dedicate his life to turning his son into the player he had always dreamed of becoming. Shouting at the top of his lungs, John O’Sullivan was the over-involved parent. Many of Patrick’s teammates and their parents and coaches thought it ended there. Few had an idea of the dysfunction and violence at the O’Sullivans’ home.

Breaking Away is a story about abuse, but it is also a story about triumph, as O’Sullivan revisits the ghosts of his past.

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Of all the members of Team TRH Jesse Cohen probably comes closest to actually hating the Kings. Whether obsessing over the 1998 sweep at the hands of the St. Louis Blues, wishing he had witnessed the fight between Dmitri Khristich and Barry Potomski or cursing their attempts to fool the fans by dressing Randy Robitaille for 18 games, Jesse harbors a deep-seeded resentment towards the Kings.You can follow Jesse Cohen on Twitter @KingsMenPodcast.
  • Wacko Bird jc

    Thanks for doing this Jesse. I to really enjoyed Patrick’s time with the Kings… He said in his book he never played in a meaningful game after Jr’s… I hope he knows he and and a few others were the only reason I kept my season tickets and got the pleasure of watching this team grow up. I was so upset when Patrick was traded I almost let my tickets go…. I was here we go again giving up a young up and comer and getting some east coast “proven 30 goal scorer” that never happened but…
    I wish Patrick all the best in his future endeavors!!!