“Maruk writes honestly about his failed marriages, his battles with depression, and his difficulty finding a post?-?hockey life, and there’s enough insight into the business side of the game (including the bizarre merger of the Barons and North Stars), his teammates, and on-the-road hijinks to please any hardcore hockey fan.” — Publishers Weekly
“Dennis ‘Pee-Wee’ Maruk was one of the toughest little bastards to play against, I can tell you that. He was tenacious and a great goal scorer. People have no idea how good he was at finding the openings and scoring goals. He was terrific.” — Phil Esposito, Hockey Hall of Famer?
“No one has a better ear for the stories of ordinary hockey players than Ken Reid. Dennis Maruk’s story is one of challenges overcome, mistakes made, marriages begun and broken, family bonds, dark times, and ultimately survival. It is great to get to know Dennis here, and it’s great that he ran into a writer whose empathy and good humour shine through every line.” — Stephen Brunt, writer/broadcaster, Rogers Sportsnet?
“It’s hard to last long in the NHL without being the best skater and the best stick handler. Dennis Maruk was never the best at anything, but he had inner toughness, grit, and he did what he had to do — and that’s a special kind of skill set.” — Wendel Clark, Toronto Maple Leafs legend
“You don’t score 60 goals from shooting on the outside — you have to go in areas where you get banged up, and Maruk wasn’t afraid to do that. You had to pay a price to get 60 goals, and he did. He was just a phenomenal player who played with a lot of passion. That’s what stands out the most for me about him. He just loves to play.” — Denis Savard?,? Hockey Hall of Famer