Win Aaron Volpatti’s New Book FIGHTER: Defying The NHL Odds

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From VGH Burn Unit to the NHL, former Vancouver Canuck Aaron Volpatti shares his journey in his debut book FIGHTER: Defying The NHL Odds, available to purchase starting today.

Aaron Volpatti FIGHTER

Aaron Volpatti’s FIGHTER: Defying The NHL Odds

Born and raised in Revelstoke, Aaron Volpatti was never supposed to play in the NHL. As an average, undersized youth hockey player, he had to fight his way into competitive hockey. But in April of 2005, he found himself in a very different fight – a fight for his life after a devastating injury that left him with 40% second-degree and third-degree burns. 

Today, after two-and-a-half seasons with both the Vancouver Canucks (2010-2013) and the Washington Capitals (2013-2015), Volpatti has just released of his debut book. One of the most inspirational comeback stories in professional sports, Volpatti’s is filled with extreme adversity, personal triumph, grief, terror, and happiness. FIGHTER: Defying The NHL Odds, available for purchase online and on Amazon, is a riveting account of the player’s journey from Vancouver General Hospital’s Burn Unit to the NHL, and his life after a career-ending neck injury.

The ultimate portrayal of perseverance, determination and mental strength. Most teammates never knew of Patti’s struggles but nothing he has accomplished would ever come as a surprise! – Kevin Bieksa

With the release of FIGHTER: Defying The NHL Odds, Volpatti has partnered with Vancouver’s Burn Fund Centre. For 54 days following the book’s release, 40% of the profits will go directly to the Burn Fund Centre here in Vancouver – a tribute to his Vancouver Canucks jersey number (#54) and 40% second and third-degree burns. In addition, both Aaron and members of the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund will be at the following events selling books as well as promoting fire safety and burn awareness. 

Upcoming Author Appearances

  • Oct 28 Revelstoke Grizzlies vs Kelowna Chiefs @ Revelstoke Forum 7:00pm 
  • Oct 29 Fable Book Parlour in Revelstoke 12:00pm to 1:00pm 
  • Nov 5 Vernon Vipers vs Chilliwack Chiefs @ Kal Tire Place 6:00pm 
  • Nov 17 Canucks Alumni Charity Luncheon @ Fairmont Hotel Vancouver 12:00pm 
  • Nov 18 Vancouver Canucks vs LA Kings @ Rogers Arena (Community Corner) 7:00pm 

Aaron was a true competitor, a fierce player on the ice and a great teammate off the ice. If you want to learn about the power of the human mind, you need to read this book. – Daniel Sedin

Enter to Win

I have a copy of this inspiring and thoughtful book to give away! You can enter to win by leaving a comment on this post. I will draw one winner at random from all entries on Tuesday, November 1, 2022 at 12:00pm. UPDATE The winner is: Daniel R!

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11 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. Rob PengTuesday, October 25th, 2022 — 9:42pm PDT

    I look forward to reading his book

  2. WayneThursday, October 27th, 2022 — 2:48pm PDT

    It’s a testament to what the mind and a strong spirit can do.

  3. Jason BThursday, October 27th, 2022 — 8:46pm PDT

    Great story.

  4. GenniferThursday, October 27th, 2022 — 10:29pm PDT

    Would love to be considered. Thank you.

  5. Pat cummingFriday, October 28th, 2022 — 8:49am PDT

    Looks like a fascinating read.

  6. TammyFriday, October 28th, 2022 — 1:01pm PDT


  7. SusanFriday, October 28th, 2022 — 3:33pm PDT

    Would love to read his story.

  8. LauraFriday, October 28th, 2022 — 11:20pm PDT

    My son could really benefit from reading this book. I think it will be an excellent read

  9. janSunday, October 30th, 2022 — 12:47pm PDT

    a story I knew nothing about and would like to read

  10. Daniel ReddyTuesday, November 1st, 2022 — 1:20am PDT

    I remember seeing Aaron on the canucks roster during the cup run years. Would be cool to read his book!

  11. NancyTuesday, November 1st, 2022 — 5:48am PDT

    Sounds like it would be an interesting read! I was looking for a book to read for my first flight since the pandemic. Thank you for hosting this contest!!

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