Derek Sanderson’s story has the classic Hollywood arc: Young man from humble beginnings works his way to the big time, finds fame and fortune, lives too hard and too fast, shatters his own life and hits rock bottom, before finding redemption through faith, maturity, and the kindness of friends. But this story is so outrageous, so crazy, and so entertaining, it doesn’t need Hollywood – the truth is better than fiction.
“Center of Attention: The Unreal Life of Derek Sanderson” follows Sanderson as he wins two Stanley Cups alongside his friend and teammate Bobby Orr, becomes a nightclub owner and coast-to-coast celebrity, widely known as “The Joe Namath of Hockey,” and signs what was then the richest contract in the history of pro sports, only to lose it all in a haze of booze and drugs.
Sanderson’s addictions almost killed him – but that wasn’t the end of his story. He would emerge from the darkness to undertake a comeback few believed possible.