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All The Kings Men Podcast: Patrick O'Sullivan

by The Royal Half / Los Angeles Kings

In an all new ‘All the Kings Men’ podcast, former King Patrick O'Sullivan joins Jesse Cohen to discuss his new book "Breaking Away: A Harrowing True Story of Resilience, Courage, and Triumph". O’Sullivan also recently documented the physical abuse he suffered at the hands of his father throughout his childhood in a memoir titled “Black & Blue” over at The Players’ Tribune.

About the Book:

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.

Listen as Jesse Cohen and O’Sullivan discuss the retired NHL players’ new book:

O’Sullivan, in two-plus seasons with the Kings from 2006-’09, played in 188 games, registering 109 points (41G, 68A).

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