Actor Jay Baruchel weighs about 150 pounds soaking wet, and he typically plays underdogs in movies, from Million Dollar Baby to She’s Out of My League. But he has a fighter’s spirit. He was raised scrappy in a lower-class Montreal household with a drug addict for a father. That life forged Baruchel’s fiery relationship with old-time hockey, the violent, bloody style of play celebrated in the past but often derided today.
The same passion inspired Baruchel to pen a love letter to fighting in hockey, the 2011 film Goon, and his new book, Born Into It. It’s a raw, emotional and often hilarious look inside the minds and especially the hearts of Montreal Canadiens fans. Baruchel always felt that Ken Dryden’s The Game was a peerless reveal of life as an NHL player but that no one had written th...
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