Line Change

Line Change

A True Story of Resilience in the Face of Adversity

Norwood High School hockey player Matt Brown was flying across the ice, gaining speed as he chased the puck towad his defensive zone, when it happened. Just as the puck settled between Matt’s skates, he was bumped from behind by an opposing player and crashed headfirst into the unforgiving boards. As he struggled to move his arms and legs, an ominously painful silence fell over the arena. In a split second, star hockey player Matt Brown was suddenly paralyzed from the neck down.

An inspiring true story of die-hard resilience in the face of adversity, Line Change is Matt’s unbelievable, first-hand account of what it means to square off with life’s setbacks. Despite facing tremendous personal and physical challenges, Matt never let his confidence waver, his drive falter, or his goals diminish. And though he may still be paralyzed, he works on his strength every day—and will continue to do so until he gains full mobility once more.

In this candid, inspiring memoir that is interlaced with influential voices from those closest to him during his recovery and beyond, Matt lays his journey bare. From the struggles to the triumphs and everything in between, Matt reflects on how his “Never Quit” attitude allowed him to graduate from college, become a well-respected motivational speaker honored by the Boston Bruins, and be an inspiration to those of all ages. Line Change isn’t a story of tragedy, but a story of hope, courage, and what it means to live a full and rewarding life.

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Matt Brown

Matt BrownMatt Brown is a motivational speaker and diehard Boston Bruins fan from Norwood, Massachusetts. Now nearly nine years removed from the incidental contact that changed his life, Matt is currently attending graduate school at his alma mater Stonehill College and aspires to launch a career that revolves around sports. His love for the game of hockey has never waned and he remains an esteemed member of the informal hockey fraternity. Matt delivers inspirational public speaking performances to schools and civic organizations around the country, including Boston Children’s Hospital, Worcester State nursing school, and Iron Mountain. He and the Brown family are on the cusp of launching the Matt Brown Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that aims to financially and emotionally assist those impacted by neck and spinal cord injuries.

Todd Civin

Todd CivinTodd Civin is the founder and owner of Civin Media Relations (CMR), a self-publishing company that focuses primarily on publishing stories by and about people with physical or emotional differences in an effort to share their stories with the world. Todd has written six biographies and eight children’s books to date and is proud to add Line Change to his growing resume. Learn more about Todd at