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by Paul on 01/04/12 at 06:05 PM ET
from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
A scrum ensued at the end of the first period between Theo Fleury (who had just completed the League imposed substance abuse program) and Tyson Nash, a second-year player with the Blues.
Theo approached me with tears in his eyes after Nash brought up Fleury’s much publicized battle with alcohol and drugs. I approached Blues coach Joel Quenneville in the coach’s room and we agreed to get his player to offer a sincere apology to Theo Fleury on the red line between the two benches prior to the start of the next period. Tyson was visibly shaken when he offered the apology which was accepted by Fleury. The two combatants shook hands, the game finished and I thought that was the end of it.
That is until I was writing my book ten years later and called Tyson Nash for his permission to chronicle the event. The telephone got quiet - Tyson said, “Kerry, that was a life-altering, career-changing incident for me.” It was obvious to me that the apology I forced in 2000 had a profound effect on Tyson Nash even to this day.
Let me share with you in Tyson Nash’s own words the positive impact the incident that night on Madison Square Garden ice had on him.
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