Undrafted: Hockey, Family, and What It Takes to Be a Pro

Category: Book
By (author): Kypreos, Nick
With: Lefko, Perry
Subject:  BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
  NON-FICTION / Canadian
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published: October 2020
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 304
Size: 9.00in x 6.00in
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From The Publisher*True stories and hard-won lessons about a life of hockey, from a Stanley Cup champion and top analyst.

"I was unconscious before I hit the ice. The fight happened in New York, where just three years before I'd won the Stanley Cup with the Rangers. And now, I was literally fighting to keep my job with the Toronto Maple Leafs, to prove I could help my team. I didn't know it, but my playing career was about to end."

As a child growing up in Toronto, Nick Kypreos lived for hockey and dreamed of following in his idols' footsteps to play in the NHL. Hockey was an important part of the Kypreos household. It was largely through the game that his immigrant Greek parents acclimatized to their new lives in Canada, and from a young age "Kyper" proved he was more than good enough to move through the ranks. But he was never a top prospect-he didn't even attend the NHL draft when he became eligible. And yet, through dedication and constant improvement, he made it to the show.

Kypreos built a career on his tireless work ethic and made a name for himself for always having a positive influence on team morale. A medium-weight fighter, he squared off with the league's toughest players, including Chris Simon, Joey Kocur, and Scott Stevens-anything to give his team an edge. Ultimately, he was brought to the New York Rangers to help them win the Stanley Cup in 1994-their first in 54 years-with the legendary Mark Messier. And then he got to live his other dream: playing for his hometown team, the Toronto Maple Leafs.

When a concussion forced him to retire early, it changed his life. But the lessons he'd learned on the ice over eight seasons helped him build a new career as a top hockey analyst and personality for Sportsnet. For twenty seasons he provided unique insight on the evolving game, and a player's perspective on the biggest discussions of the day.

Revealing, fun, and brutally honest, Undrafted shows the challenges of being a pro player. It's a story of the resilience it takes to prove yourself every night, and how the right attitude can lead to the greatest success, not only in the arena, but in life.
Review Quote*"It was such a joy to sit beside Nick as he prepared to go on the air. I swear he filled a notebook every night. What he was creating was a way of dreaming his world into being. Truly a warrior with a personal vision who took basic steps in every walk of life to ensure everyone's success. He's your essential Game 7 guy."
RON MacLEAN, broadcaster
Review Quote*"Having known Kyper for over twenty-five years, I've had a front row seat for many of his triumphs and trials in the game of hockey and Undrafted takes you through them all. It's a thoroughly entertaining read from one of the true characters of the game who has an enormous personality and a heart of gold."  
Review Quote*"Nick is a good dude with a lot of good stories. He did an amazing job going from an NHL player to becoming a major player on the Canadian hockey media-scape, especially once he figured out the difference between a tweet and a direct message. Good guy; good book."
BOB McKENZIE, one of "those f*ers at TSN"
Biographical NoteNick Kypreos is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey left winger who played eight seasons in the NHL for the Washington Capitals, Hartford Whalers, New York Rangers, and Toronto Maple Leafs. In 1994, he won the Stanley Cup with the New York Rangers, helping the historic franchise end a fifty-four-year Cup drought. Following his retirement from the NHL in 1998, he started a new career as one of the first broadcasters for Sportsnet. Over twenty-one years on air, he became a top hockey analyst, culminating with a seat on Hockey Night in Canada. Connect with him on Twitter @RealKyper.

Perry Lefko is an award-winning journalist and multiple bestselling author. He has published nine sports books, the most recent of which is Eddie Olczyk: Beating the Odds in Hockey and in Life with the retired NHL player and current NBC hockey and horse racing broadcaster. He's also written books with wrestler Bret Hart, football players Doug Flutie and Mike (Pinball) Clemons, jockey Sandy Hawley, and curlers Sandy Schmirler and Colleen Jones. He lives in Mississauga with his wife, Jane. They have two children, Ben and Shayna.