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from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
Theo Fleury is ready to tell the world what many suspected for years: He was sexually abused by Graham James.
The Sun has learned the explosive revelation is detailed in his tell-all book, Playing with Fire, which will be released next week.
Fleury will join Sheldon Kennedy as the second player to go public with the sort of allegations that led to a 31/2-year prison sentence for the disgraced junior hockey coach after Kennedy stepped forward in the fall of 1996, telling police he was abused more than 350 times.
from Garth Woolsey of the Toronto Star,
While the 5-foot-6 forward has scaled the heights of hockey stardom, including a Stanley Cup triumph with the Calgary Flames and an Olympic medal with Canada’s national team, he has also plumbed the depths of depravity and addiction.
“I think that people have to understand why. What it was that made me do what I did,” he says in an advance quote he reportedly gave to the U.S. publisher of his new tell-all book Playing With Fire, due to be released on Wednesday.
“I knew I was crazy insane and so did everyone else,” writes Fleury, 41, who finally packed in his pro playing career on Sept. 28, after a failed comeback attempt with the Flames that captivated hockey fans everywhere.
“I didn’t hang out on the surface. I would go five, six, seven, eight levels below the streets of New York and party with people I didn’t know. Freaks, transvestites, all kinds of shady people,” he writes, with reference to his time with the New York Rangers, who employed him for three seasons, 1999-2002.
Pre-orders of ‘Playing With Fire’ are being taken at Amazon.com (affiliate link).
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
Geez, talk about getting ahead of the curve. The Bruins lost only six times on Garden ice last season, their best record on Causeway Street in a quarter-century, en route to finishing first in the Eastern Conference and winning back a lot of lost love in the Hub of Hockey.
Don’t ask. Don’t tell. Don’t look.
For the second time in three home games, the Bruins last night rolled out their “D’’ game, looking mostly “dull,’’ quite often “disinterested,’’ sometimes almost comically “discombobulated’’ in an embarrassing 6-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks.
from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,
We had puck possession time, quality chances, we had zone time,” Quenneville said. “The only place we got beat tonight was on the board.”...
“I don’t know how the media perceives it, we don’t think there’s a gap,” said Versteeg, whose power play goal pulled the Blackhawks within one in the third period. “We think we’re right there with every team in the league. But we’re not the only team that thinks that.”...
“This was a good opportunity to take down a great team,” Sharp said. “I think we let one slip away here.”
added 8:50am, The key moment of the game- Wings kill a long 5 on 3.
Then in the post-game, Kris Letang asked what happened and he states “go ask Hartnell”.
Watch that video below…
from Chris Pinkert of St.LouisBlues.com,
What could one possibly give a retired hockey player who already has a Stanley Cup, a Gold Medal, a Norris Trophy, a Conn Smythe Trophy and his retired number hanging from the rafters?
How about a big bronze statue?
Before Thursday’s home opener at Scottrade Center, the Blues unveiled a new statue in honor of Blues defenseman Al MacInnis, who played 10 seasons with the Blues, amassing 452 points (127 goals, 325 assists) in 613 games. The statue is located near the intersection of 14th Street and Clark Avenue, just outside Scottrade Center’s main entrance.
“Some awards, like the Norris Trophy and the Stanley Cup, are awarded every year. Not often do you get a statue,” MacInnis said. “It’s something you put right alongside a retired number in a special category.”
continued with a picture of the statue…
from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,
The cheeky monkeys at Spike TV have blasted away at the Olympic city, calling Vancouver Canucks fans the fifth-most annoying in all of sports, and the most regal butt-pains in the NHL.
Habs fans are ninth on account of infrequent bathing, and tormenting their star players (we’ll defer to French Immersion on both accounts). Mysteriously, Leafs fans don’t make the top 10.
Canuckleheads lose points for their arrogance in the face of “zero Stanley Cups, no Hall of Fame players,” and they rank ahead of English soccer hooli…fans, and the brainwashed disciples of Al Davis and Jerry Jones.
from Jim Kelley at Sports Illustrated,
Just a week or so before the start of the season, I had the occasion to speak to Sean Burke, the newly appointed goalie coach of the Phoenix Coyotes….
“The Phoenix Coyotes are a playoff team,” he said. “I believe that, but more importantly these players believe that. They know they have to go out and prove it every night, but they believe in themselves. They believe they were on this path last season and they believe, to a man, they will succeed this season.”
Truthfully, they were then, and are now, in the minority on that subject. But after two starts this season—road wins at Los Angeles and, more importantly, Pittsburgh—they at least have my attention.
via Pat Hickey of Habs Inside/Out,
They skated with pucks for 20 minutes to start the session and after 40 minutes of drills designed to encourage quick breakouts and one-on-one battles. coach Jacques Martin had his team do sprints – groups of five, four lengths, completerd in 45 seconds or less to avoid an extra length – in what Mike Cammalleri described as a “good old-school bag skate.”
“I thought I was ready to (vomit),” said goaltender Carey Price who expressed his frustration last night by taking out a piece of the drywall in the visitor’s dressing room.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
(Ray) Shero, of course, understands the significance of the Pronger addition.
“I think you have to pay attention to it. It was a dramatic move to get Pronger,” he said. “It really makes their defense stronger. Do we react to that?”
“I think you have to build your team the way you want it to look,” he said.
As for Thursday’s clash, even though it is one of 82 games on the schedule, Shero said he doubts there ever will be such a thing as “just another game” with the Flyers.
“They’re probably our biggest rival,” he said.
TORONTO (October 8, 2009) – San Jose Sharks forward Brad Staubitz has been suspended for one game, without pay, for making excessive physical contact on an icing play, in NHL game #32 against the Los Angeles Kings, October 6, the National Hockey League announced today.
Staubitz was assessed a minor penalty for charging Kings player Davis Drewiske on the play, which occurred at 13:24 of the second period.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Staubitz will forfeit $2,590.67. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
added 3:21pm, Watch the hit below (you’ll get a better view of the hit near the end of the video)...
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