by Aaron Volpatti
One of the most inspirational comeback stories in professional sports.
Aaron Volpatti was never supposed to play in the NHL. As an average, undersized youth hockey player, Aaron had to fight his way, literally, into competitive hockey. But in the early hours of April 20, 2005, he found himself in a very different fight–a fight for his life after a devastating burn injury.
FIGHTER: Defying The NHL Odds is a riveting account of Aaron’s journey from the Vancouver General Hospital Burn Unit to the NHL, and his life after a career ending neck injury. It is a story filled with extreme adversity, personal triumph, grief, terror, and happiness.
Discover the true power of the human mind and what is possible through Aaron's unique Visualization practice. A revelatory practice that can help us reframe adversity, instill a deep sense of trust in our journeys, and demystify the impossible.
Proudly supporting the
British Columbia Professional
Fire Fighters' Burn Fund
As of Oct. 25th, for 54 days, 40% of profits will be donated to the
British Columbia Professional Fire Fighters' Burn Fund
October 28, 2022
BBQ + Book Signing
Revelstoke Grizzlies vs Kelowna Chiefs, Book Signing
Signing 6-9:30pm, Game Time 7pm
October 29, 2022
Fable Bookstore (Revelstoke)
Revelstoke Save On Foods
November 4, 2022
Rosters Sports Pub and Grill, Vernon, BC
November 5, 2022
Vernon Vipers vs Chilliwack Chiefs, Book Signing
Kal Tire Place, Vernon, BC
Game time 6pm. Book signing 5pm-9pm
November 7, 2022
Washington Capital vs Edmonton Oilers, Book Signing on concourse
Capital One Arena, Washington DC
Game time 8:00pm EST. Signing from 7pm-10pm EST
November 8, 2022
Firefighter Happy Hour + Book Signing
Guy Fieri's DC (attached to Capital One Arena), Washington DC
November 12, 2022
Brown University, Providence, RI- TBD
November 17, 2022
Vancouver Canucks Alumni Luncheon + Book Signing
Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
Book Signing- 12:00pm
November 18, 2022
Vancouver Canucks vs LA Kings Book signing @ Community Corner on the concourse. Game time 7pm. Signing from 6pm-9pm
Winnipeg: To be announced
Kelowna: To be announced
Praise for Fighter
Aaron was a great teammate and his road to the NHL is like no other.
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!
Alex Ovechkin- Washington Capitals
Kevin Bieksa- Vancouver Canucks
Aaron had this fearlessness about him. I knew a little bit about his story, but I was blown away after reading this book.
Henrik Sedin- Vancouver Canucks
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- Vancouver Canucks
There is something special about the student-athlete community at Brown University…we embrace the “us against the world” mentality. When I got to know Aaron off the ice, I immediately knew this guy had that “it” factor. Resiliency, grit, mental toughness, whatever you want to call it, he had it. Then I witnessed him on the ice, and it all made sense. He’d come so close to losing the opportunity to play the game that he loved and as a result, he seemed unstoppable. The tenacity he played with was impossible to match.
As a rookie coming into the NHL, I didn't have to look far to see a great example of work ethic, perseverance and leadership. Patti was exactly that and I was lucky to be able to battle by his side as linemates. He was fearless, always had my back and was the ultimate professional day in and day out.
Tom Wilson- Washington Capitals
James Develin- New England Patriots
3X Super Bowl Champion
I’ve only known Aaron personally over the last year, but after playing against him in the NHL I had an inclination that he had an amazing story to tell, as most role players do in the NHL. I was right. His story will serve as an inspiration to so many people as it is a true depiction of mind over matter.
Jordin Tootoo- NHL alumnus and Author- All The Way: My Life on Ice
Aaron’s life experiences exemplify the delicate psychological balance associated with adversity and resilience. His story of triumph, powered by his visualization practice, offers great insight into how we can all move our personal fulcrums to find pathways towards growth and resilience in the wake of adversity and trauma.