Capitals alumnus Aaron Volpatti hopes to inspire people with his book ‘FIGHTER’

For years, Aaron Volpatti’s friends and associates insisted that he write a book. The former Capitals and Vancouver Canucks great has never been one to talk about himself, so the idea of ​​publishing a book about his life’s worst experiences wasn’t the most appealing idea.

Few people knew about his path to the NHL, one that included a trip to the burn unit after suffering second- and third-degree burns over 40% of his body during a camping trip he was 19 years old. Ten years later, he was back in the hospital again undergoing fusion surgery on a ruptured disc in his neck that led him to call it a career.

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Volpatti was already living through any time, and writing a book was going to mean doing it again and again. But after experiencing the identity crisis that professional athletes often face when they enter retirement, he decided to go through it in hopes of inspiring others who have gone through trauma. life changing as he did.

The book was “very straightforward [about] opening people’s minds to the power of the mind and what we’re really capable of and just reframing adversity,” Volpatti told NBC Sports Washington in a phone interview before arriving in D.C. for his book tour on Monday. “All the success I’ve had in my life has been followed by crazy times and really hard times and I don’t think that’s by accident. “

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Released on October 25, “FIGHTER: Defying The NHL Odds” chronicles Volpatti’s journey from a young college player sidelined by a tragic accident to a retired player with injuries coming to terms finally decided to hang up the skates. . The cover includes a quote from Alex Ovechkin, who says, “Aaron was a great teammate and his road to the NHL is like no other.”

While in Washington, Volpatti spent time with first responders at the Capitals morning skate on Monday. He plans to attend their upcoming game against the Edmonton Oilers and sign copies of his book for fans at the arena during the first and second periods. For the next week, 40% of the book’s profits will be shared between the DC Firefighters Burn Foundation and Garnet Hathaway’s foundation, Hath’s Heroes.

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“The whole journey was very therapeutic in writing the book,” Volpatti said. “It’s really just a reflection of appreciation for the journey that got me here. It really takes It gives you a different perspective on life when you think back on overcoming that adversity and gives you different assessments… and I think people will definitely see that in the book.”


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