"I always said that if I was going to compose something, I wanted it to be genuine and honest," Vaive said in an interview with The Canadian Press."Like everyone else in the world, there's obstacles," said the 61-year-old Vaive."It wasn't until later on in life that I came to realize what a dreadful influence all the drinking and battling-- at my parents' house, with my grandfather-- had on me," Vaive composes. Those stories in particular variety from head-shaking to cringe-inducing, including one infamous group image involving the owner's unfortunate dog, T.C. Puck.

"I always said that if I was going to write something, I desired it to be authentic and sincere," Vaive stated in an interview with The Canadian Press."His goal was to be on the front page of the sports section every day," Vaive stated."I'm quite sure I could have scored somewhere between 20 and 30 objectives a year, assisted some of the young guys and ideally kick-started the franchise," Vaive stated."The 2 most difficult years of my life," Vaive stated."It's not something that I wake up and believe about every day," stated Vaive, who ranks 5th in goals and 10th in points all-time for Toronto regardless of playing just 8 seasons in white and blue.
The cover of"Catch 22: My Battles, in Hockey and Life"by Rick Vaive and Scott Morrison. (Penguin Random House Canada/HO/The Canadian Press)

Ballard would criticize his captain in the media, however Vaive stated the two seldom spoke.

"His objective was to be on the front page of the sports area every day," Vaive said. "We just took it with a grain of salt.

"He was a jerk and he was cheap. You coped with it. It sucked because he was the primary reason we weren't having success. That was discouraging."

And Vaive's exit from Toronto through sell 1987 after being removed of the captaincy the previous season still stings due to the fact that of what may have been throughout his prime, and the success the franchise enjoyed beginning in the early 1990s following Ballard's death.

"It injured," Vaive stated. "They turned things around. To this day, it's one of those things where you want you might have been part of that."

Feud with Don Cherry

Vaive, who's been wed to partner Joyce for nearly 40 years, has 2 adult boys, and welcomed his very first grandchild in 2015, ultimately got into training after retiring at age 33, however not before he tried to capture on with either the Ottawa Senators or Tampa Bay Lightning when the NHL expanded in 1992.

Born in the nation's capital, Vaive thought the fit there would have been perfect. He confesses was an error not to have an agent at the time, but states how the dysfunctional Senators never even bothered calling him back.

"I'm quite sure I might have scored someplace between 20 and 30 objectives a year, assisted some of the young men and ideally kick-started the franchise," Vaive stated. "But it didn't work out."

Speaking of things that didn't work out, there was Vaive's infamous stretch with the IceDogs following an effective run training in the professional ranks. The IceDogs won just 3 video games in Vaive's only season behind the bench.

Vaive has absolutely nothing but advantages to state about his gamers in junior. The team simply wasn't any excellent.

Cherry, the renowned hockey broadcaster, is a different story.

"It was discouraging," Vaive stated. "Especially when you're getting phone messages from one of your owners [Cherry] from the night before saying, 'Another loss. You couldn't coach a [curse] peewee team."'

Overcoming alcohol problem

Alcohol was a persistent problem for Vaive that finally came to a head throughout his trial for impaired driving following a traffic stop north of Toronto in July 2009. He was eventually acquitted, but the process took its toll.

"The 2 toughest years of my life," Vaive said. "Every time you went to court it was on the front page. I wasn't getting any work, any appearances. And after that of course the drinking worsened."

He subsequently recognized the problem, looked for aid and now tries to counsel others.

"It's something I'm proud I was able to conquer," Vaive said.

Not one to hold grudges, it does munch at him that he isn't seen in the very same light as other Leafs greats. The franchise retired the numbers worn by 16 gamers back in 2016, however No. 22 wasn't among them.

"It's not something that I get up and consider every day," stated Vaive, who ranks fifth in objectives and 10th in points all-time for Toronto in spite of playing simply 8 seasons in white and blue. "They're asking themselves the wrong question if they're asking themselves 'Why?'

"The question should be 'Why not?"'

He's holding out hope, however not holding his breath on that final chapter.

"If it does come, I 'd like to be young enough to enjoy it," Vaive said. "It would be an amazing honour."