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  • Paperback Edition
    • 978-1-03-830533-6
    • 7.0 x 10.0 inches
    • Standard Color interior
    • 184 pages
  • Hardcover Edition
    • 978-1-03-830534-3
    • 7.0 x 10.0 inches
    • Standard Color interior
    • 184 pages
  • Keywords
    • Barry Beck,
    • Brock Beck,
    • Mark Pavelich,
    • NHL memoir,
    • Hockey memoir,
    • True crime memoir,
    • Mental health in hockey

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The Cell
A Story Of Tragedy And Survival
by Barry Beck

While hockey great Barry Beck had been in fights before, nothing had prepared him for a one-two punch this vicious. On July 26, 2020, Beck's son Brock was murdered. Just over seven months later, Beck's former New York Rangers teammate, U.S. Olympic hero Mark Pavelich, died by suicide. “With Brock's murder, I was thrust into this prison cell of trauma. You can't get out. You don't have the skills. You're trapped like a prisoner.” With no clear pathway out, and too little support in place, Beck faced a momentous choice: would he be defeated or defiant? Would he surrender to his anger and pain or fight to find a better way through? Giving up would have been easy, but once you’re a captain, you’re always a captain. Once a Ranger, always a Ranger. For his friend and his son, he wouldn’t give in. He would find a better way. Tormented by tragedy, enraged by his helplessness, betrayed by his battered body, Beck tells the harrowing true story of the events that sentenced him to life in The Cell and his courageous journey to fight through his pain. Beck’s story pulls no punches, offering an honest view of life inside ’80s professional hockey and the darkness that follows devastating trauma. It is his hope that, in a world where too many people struggle with insufficient support, his story can help those trapped in their own cells and encourage them on their own journeys.

Barry Beck was the captain of the New York Rangers in the 1980s. After he retired from playing hockey in the 1990s, Beck coached the Hong Kong National Team and spent 10 years promoting his sport through the Hong Kong Academy of Ice Hockey. Beck’s experiences on and off the ice have filled him with the conviction to build more supports for people who struggle with mental health issues. Beck is one of the founders and directors of The Ranch, a non-profit that is committed to supporting those who suffer from PTSD, brain injuries, and any other mental illness. Beck lives in Hong Kong, where he founded, an organization that promotes mental health awareness in Hong Kong and provides scholarships for students who are pursuing a career in mental health studies and recovery.


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