Jordin Tootoo opens up about his life: Not just a hockey.
The first Inuk to play in the National Hockey League says he hopes his new book will inspire others to seek help with their difficulties.In All the Way: My Life on Ice , a collaboration with sports journalist Stephen Brunt, Jordin Tootoo talks about

The first Inuk to play in the National Hockey League says he hopes his new book will inspire others to seek help with their difficulties.

In All the Way: My Life on Ice , a collaboration with sports journalist Stephen Brunt, Jordin Tootoo talks about his personal life and struggles.

“It’s just not a hockey book,” Tootoo says. “I’ve had a lot of success in my life, but along with that comes hardships and these are some of them that I’ve endured.”

Green, who has OCD himself, says it was “very hard to write”. “I wrote it right at the last, in the last revision. That’s as close to my experience as I could get.”

Turtles All the Way Down , Green’s seventh novel and one that is long awaited by his massed armies of fans – he has more than 5 million followers on Twitter – is his “most personal”, says the young adult writer, “in the sense that it’s not entirely confined to the past for me. Having OCD is something that is an ongoing part of my life and I assume will probably be a part of my life for the rest of it.”

Green has “had this obsessive thinking problem” since childhood. For a long time it was hard “to talk directly about it, and I felt a lot of embarrassment”; part of writing it into his fiction was a desire “to find some kind of form or expression that would shake it out from within me and allow me to look at it”.

The first Inuk to play in the National Hockey League says he hopes his new book will inspire others to seek help with their difficulties.

In All the Way: My Life on Ice , a collaboration with sports journalist Stephen Brunt, Jordin Tootoo talks about his personal life and struggles.

“It’s just not a hockey book,” Tootoo says. “I’ve had a lot of success in my life, but along with that comes hardships and these are some of them that I’ve endured.”

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