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Life in Two Worlds


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TED NOLAN grew up on the Garden River reserve, and played three seasons in the National Hockey League for the Detroit Red Wings and the Pittsburgh Penguins. He also coached the New York Islanders, after serving as assistant coach for one season with the Hartford Whalers. He went on to win the Jack Adams Award as NHL coach of the year.



“Full of incredible insights into a tough life that Teddy’s perseverance turned into inspiration. It blew me away.”
—Bryan Trottier, NHL Hall of Famer

“Ted’s beautiful memoir follows a trail of losses and the pain of getting well, and his stunning successes, lifting trophies, lifting lives. Ted was able to reach so many things, but his truth went beyond these things, and it’s the story of how he went beyond, to keep what was true in front of him that makes this book so enjoyable, and so important.”
—Ron MacLean, CBC sportscaster and host of Hockey Night in Canada

“Ted Nolan’s story is truly remarkable. Ted persevered and overcame significant obstacles at a time when Indigenous people were not encouraged, applauded, or even wanted in elite hockey leagues. Ted broke barriers, battled racism, worked hard, and not only became an NHL player but also an elite junior, NHL, and international coach. Ted paved the way for many Indigenous youth to not only participate, but succeed in hockey arenas across North America and Europe as coaches and players.”
—Phil Fontaine, former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations

“Playing for Ted Nolan is one of my fondest memories. People called us “The Hardest Working Team in Hockey” and that doesn’t happen without a coach who can show each player their purpose and prove his belief in them. We all played beyond our own abilities for Ted. We led the NHL in penalty minutes and no team wanted to play us in our building. I respect Ted as a coach both on and off the ice, and this book gives a hint of why he inspires that in players and in people in general.”
—Rob Ray, broadcaster and former NHLer

 “Teddy was my favourite coach, mentor and friend. I love Ted Nolan. This book gives a good sense of what makes him so special.”
—Brad May, former NHLer, Stanley Cup winner, and AT&T SportsNet analyst

“My father was so proud of Ted; he understood what he was going through. A story of perseverance, Life in Two Worlds is a great read for any generation."
—Neil Sasakamoose, son of Fred Sasakamoose, the NHL’s first Treaty Indigenous player and bestselling author of Call Me Indian

“Life in Two Worlds sheds light on some of the uglier aspects of society in the microcosm of the world of hockey, while offering an example of how a strong, proud person can overcome those obstacles to reach the top of his profession without compromising who he is. . . . Hockey fans would do well to read this book, which breaks away from the typical sports biography template and addresses issues which are often swept under the rug.”
—Winnipeg Free Press

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