AGAINST ALL ODDS USE YOUR HEART!
“Never be a prisoner of your past, it was just a lesson not a Life sentence”!
On this Podcast Show this week was an extremely emotional interview around Theoren Fleury’s love for the game of hockey, teamwork, business, and relationships. He is the most passionate and motivational speaker with real courage to speak freely about his pains and triggers moving forward!
“Theo Fleury, born in Saskatchewan, Canada, was one of three sons. His father, Wally, also played hockey but an injury prevented him from reaching the professional ranks. As with most young children in Canada, Fleury grew up skating and playing hockey at every opportunity, often traveling to the rink with his father. Even as a child, Fleury demonstrated that determination that would eventually get him to the NHL.” ~ https://thehockeywriters.com/theo-fleury-hockey-hero/
Theo Fleury’s Book
“Following his unsuccessful comeback return in 2009 and his subsequent retirement, Fleury released his long-awaited autobiography Playing With Fire. In addition to chronicling his tumultuous hockey career, the book also revealed the details of his teenage sexual abuse during his junior hockey career at the hands of coach Graham James and the impact the abuse had on his life. The revelations prompted Fleury to eventually pursue criminal charges against James, which resulted in James spending two years in prison. Fleury’s best-selling book was subsequently adapted into both a one man show with Alberta Theatre Projects and a documentary by HBO Canada. ~ ~ https://thehockeywriters.com/theo-fleury-hockey-hero/
After his book signing tours resulted in him connecting with fellow victims of childhood sexual abuse, Fleury became an advocate for victims and a public speaker on the subject. Since 2013, he’s been involved in the Victor Walk – an annual event dedicated to shedding light on childhood sexual abuse and celebrating victims that have overcome these traumas (and become “victors”). A documentary on the Victor Walk was released in May 2017.” ~ https://thehockeywriters.com/theo-fleury-hockey-hero/
The Later Years
Fleury’s tenure with the Avalanche did not last long. He chose to sign with the New York Rangers in the post season, signing a three-year contract worth $21 million that included a club option for a fourth year at $7 million. His first year was not great, only scoring 15 goals, and he would enter a league operated program that treats substance abuse and emotional problems after the season. This would not be the last time Fleury entered a program like this. ~ ~ https://thehockeywriters.com/theo-fleury-hockey-hero/
His next two seasons in NY would be much better statistically, scoring 30 goals and74 points during the 2000-01 season. He would, however, again announce that he was entering the league’s substance abuse program for a second straight year, ending his season at 62 games. Fleury claimed that he was struggling with the lifestyle and pressure in New York. Fleury would return the following season scoring 24 goals and63 points in 82 games as part of the “FLY” line with Mike York and Eric Lindros. Although he played in all 82 games that year, there were several signs that his off-ice problems were still affecting him as many behavior problems showed up on the ice. In a game against the Penguins, Fleury simply left the arena after a penalty was called, rather than skate to the penalty box. Fleury was fined $1,000 for another incident, making an obscene gesture toward New York Islanders who had been taunting him over his problems. Finally, Fleury again lashed out to league officials questioning whether they were treating him fairly. ~ ~ https://thehockeywriters.com/theo-fleury-hockey-hero/
After missing the playoffs all three years of Fleury’s tenure, combined with his personal issues, the team elected not to exercise their option on him for a fourth season. They traded his rights to the San Jose Sharks, but Fleury chose to sign with the Chicago Blackhawks for the 2002-03 season. ~~ https://thehockeywriters.com/theo-fleury-hockey-hero/
Prior to the start of the season, Fleury was suspended by the NHL for violating the terms of his substance abuse program. Attempting to help Fleury as much as they could, the Blackhawks even hired one of his friends, also a recovering alcoholic, to help ensure that he attended Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and followed the terms of the program. He would miss the first two months of the season before being reinstated. Unfortunately, problems would continue once he returned. Fleury ended up in a drunken brawl with bouncers at a strip club in Columbus, Ohio. He was beat up pretty bad and didn’t remember the night. While not initially suspended, the Blackhawks, placed him on waivers in March after a collapse in the standing. Fleury would eventually go unclaimed and would finish the season with the Hawks, with 12 goals and 21 assists in 54 games. Following the season, in April 2003, he was suspended once again by the league for violations of its substance abuse program, thus ending his NHL career. ~ https://thehockeywriters.com/theo-fleury-hockey-hero/
Theo Fleury – Final Comeback Attempt
Prior to the 2009-10 season, after now being sober for four years, Fleury decided he wanted to take one final shot to return to the NHL and end his career on his terms. Knowing full well it would be a long-shot for someone at 41 years old, he began training in February to get himself in shape for training camp, provided a team invited him. He also had to convince NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman to lift his suspension, as he was technically still suspended from his incidents in 2003. After meeting with Bettman, and having a full battery of tests by league doctors, Fleury was officially reinstated in September. He was then invited by the team that originally drafted him, the Flames, to attend training camp on a try-out basis. ~ ~ https://thehockeywriters.com/theo-fleury-hockey-hero/
He made his return to the NHL on Sept. 17, against the New York Islanders, and played with Daymond Langkow. Fleury was met with cheers throughout the game, the fans still loved him in Calgary. He scored in a shootout to give the Flames a 5-4 win. ~ ~ https://thehockeywriters.com/theo-fleury-hockey-hero/
Fleury would ultimately play in four exhibition games, and would finish with four points. Fleury would end up being released, apparently not showing that he was one of the top 6 wingers in camp, which the team and Fleury agreed would have to happen for him to make the team. While his hopes of returning to the NHL were looking dimmer by the day, Fleury decided he wouldn’t want to play for a team other than the Flames, and decided to officially retire from the NHL. This time, on his terms, and most importantly, as a Calgary Flame. ~ https://thehockeywriters.com/theo-fleury-hockey-hero/
Theo Fleury’s Book
Following his unsuccessful comeback return in 2009 and his subsequent retirement, Fleury released his long-awaited autobiography Playing With Fire. In addition to chronicling his tumultuous hockey career, the book also revealed the details of his teenage sexual abuse during his junior hockey career at the hands of coach Graham James and the impact the abuse had on his life. The revelations prompted Fleury to eventually pursue criminal charges against James, which resulted in James spending two years in prison. Fleury’s best-selling book was subsequently adapted into both a one man show with Alberta Theatre Projects and a documentary by HBO Canada. ~ https://thehockeywriters.com/theo-fleury-hockey-hero/
After his book signing tours resulted in him connecting with fellow victims of childhood sexual abuse, Fleury became an advocate for victims and a public speaker on the subject. Since 2013, he’s been involved in the Victor Walk – an annual event dedicated to shedding light on childhood sexual abuse and celebrating victims that have overcome these traumas (and become “victors”). A documentary on the Victor Walk was released in May 2017. ~ https://thehockeywriters.com/theo-fleury-hockey-hero/
Interesting Facts on Theo Fleury
- Fleury’s 92 assists and 160 points for the 1987-88 Moose Jaw Warriors remain team records
- He also holds the Warriors’ career records for goals (201), assists (271) and points (472)
Theo Fleury has also participated in many ventures outside the sport of hockey:
- In 1994, he became part of a group with a minority ownership interest of the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL, along with Joe Sakic, his former junior coach Graham James and professional wrestler Bret “the Hitman” Hart.
- Fleury started a concrete sealing business with his wife Jennifer and brother Travis. The business, called Concrete Coatings, closed in 2009.
- Fleury filmed a pilot episode for a reality TV series based around his concrete business called Theoren Fleury: Rock Solid.
- After leaving the NHL in 2003, Fleury played for the Horse Lake Thunder of the North Peace Hockey League in 2005, a senior amateur league in Canada.
- For the 2005-06 season, Fleury played for the Belfast Giants of the Elite Ice Hockey League in Northern Ireland, scoring 74 points and 270 penalty minutes in 34 games.
- Fleury launched a line of clothing called “FAKE” (Fleury’s Artistic Kustom Enterprises) in 2008.
- On Aug. 9, 2008, Fleury made his professional baseball debut at the age of 40 with the Calgary Vipers, hitting a single in a pinch-hit appearance against the Yuma Scorpions in the first game of a doubleheader.
- Fleury participated in the second season of CBC’s Battle of the Blades figure-skating competition in 2010, paired with Olympic medalist Jamie Sale. He finished fifth.
- Following six years of writing and recording songs, Fleury released a country music album, I Am Who I Am, in 2015.
- 1,084 games played (202nd all-time)
- 455 goals (57th all-time)
- 633 assists (72nd all-time)
- 1,088 points (61st all-time)
- 125 power play goals (86th all-time)
- 35 shorthanded goals (ninth all-time)
- 67 game-winning goals (51st all-time)
- 1,840 penalty minutes (63rd all-time)
- 1.004 points per game (49th all-time)
- 34 playoff goals (126th all-time)
Why He Should Be In
There’s absolutely zero doubt about the kid from Oxbow, Saskatchewan’s immense talent. He was a shifty skater with fantastic hands, able to turn the league’s best defenders inside out. His point totals and his seven All-Star Game appearances reveal the huge impact he had on the league during his tenure in the NHL.
But before he officially retired he proved that it was his determination that would define his career and not a history of substance abuse. ~ https://thehockeywriters.com/theo-fleury-hockey-hero/
In 2009, at age 41 and six years removed from his last NHL game, Fleury made a valiant attempt at returning to the NHL as a sober player. He was reinstated from an indefinite suspension and took a tryout contract with the Flames. He managed to play in four preseason games and skated in front of a roaring home crowd. He even scored the shootout winner in his first exhibition. That, however, did not ultimately lead to a contract and instead of going for another tryout, Fleury called it a day. “I could not sign with another team,” he said during a news conference announcing his retirement in September of 2009. “I get to retire a Calgary Flame.”
“Not too many guys get to leave the game to a standing ovation and people chanting their name,” Fleury said. “It was a great story.”
Thank you for the article and all of Theo Fleury’s stats and details : https://thehockeywriters.com/theo-fleury-hockey-hero/
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Founded by former NHL player, Theoren Fleury, Fleury Enterprises mission is to help people overcome any obstacle by igniting leadership, action and resilience from within.
Fleury Enterprises focuses on relational trauma and believes that by educating the public about the prevalence and signs of this type of emotional injury, we can increase awareness and reach more people who are in pain and in need of help.
Theo Fleury is a dynamic public speaker and audience facilitator. His varied events and experiential workshops not only entertain, but also empower guests to tackle old issues from a fresh perspective. ~ https://theofleury.life/
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