Frank Sanders co-authors book of his life 

Frank Sanders' new autobiography, "From Silver to Gold; One Man's Pursuit of the Ultimate Prize," is inspiring and worth the read.

From chasing pucks around a frozen Tanners Lake at a young age; growing up to be a pro hockey player; and ultimately becoming a church pastor, Frank Sanders' life is documented in the book, co-authored by Tony Ducklow.

Sanders, a well-known North High graduate, excelled in football and hockey and went on to be a captain of the University of Minnesota Gophers hockey team.

While playing at the University of Minnesota, the team won the WCHA Conference Championship of 1970 and Sanders was captain and Most Valuable Player on the NCAA Championship Runners-Up team of 1971, according to Ducklow.

Sanders turned down an offer from the NHL Boston Bruins to play on the 1972 U.S. Olympic hockey team, which one the silver medal that year in Sapporo, Japan.

From there, Sanders played for the World Hockey Association Minnesota Fighting Saints on a one year contract.

Despite his significant accomplishments in the world of sports, Sanders is most proud of what his life evolved into next.

In his book, Sanders describes his life and struggles to eventually find God and pursue his dream and passion of persuading others to endorse God's will.

The forward in the book is written by 1972 Olympic coach Murray Williamson. There are excerpts from other hockey moguls, such as his lifelong friend and North, Gophers, and Olympic teammate Craig Sarner and the legendary Lou Nanne.

Bill Butters, a well-known hockey player from White Bear Lake, the University of Minnesota, the North Stars and Minnesota Fighting Saints, also offered some words of wisdom and support. 

Sanders may attend the Tartan and North boys' hockey game at 7:30 p.m. Jan 5 at Polar Arena to sign copies of his book.

Sanders and his wife Kathy, the former athletic secretary at North and also a graduate of the high school, said they were somewhat skeptical about whether Frank would be well-known enough to draw a crowd for such a ceremony. 

But, I expect they would have an audience at Polar Arena or any other hockey venue in the state and recommend the book for every youth and adult involved in the sport of hockey -- or any sport for that matter.

In January of this year, Sanders was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and it's inspirational he completed this book with Ducklow during a difficult time. The book's release is just in time to share the gift of Sanders' life story during the holidays or for anyone to read an inspirational story.

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