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Kevin Stevens On His Opioid Addiction

from Fox25Boston,

A man who entered the darkness of opioid addiction is traveling around sharing his story with hopes of stopping others from following his path.

“If you're an opiate addict and stuck in addiction bad things are going to happen,” Kevin Stevens said.

And bad things did happen to Stevens, a former NHL all-star who went from winning the Stanley Cup twice, with the Pittsburgh Penguins to facing jail time in a federal court.

“I was at the bottom. I couldn't see no purpose in my life. There really was no purpose,” he said.

Stevens’ life had fully unraveled in May 2016 when federal agents busted down his door and arrested him for conspiring to sell oxycodone.

For more than twenty years, Stevens, who had a brief stint with the Bruins, struggled with addiction to opiate painkillers after incurring a devastating facial injury during a game. 

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On The Road Back For Kevin Stevens

from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

The reaction was jarring, a two-time Stanley Cup champion returning to the city where he was beloved and being greeted with consternation and even contempt. But maybe that’s why the Penguins decided to bring Kevin Stevens back to Pittsburgh and back to their organization in the first place. They knew he had a horrific story about addiction to tell, one that would offend many but maybe, just maybe, help a lot of kids....

The hockey players whom Stevens addressed at the camp are too young to remember that he was the NHL’s best power forward in the early 1990s. Man, he was something special, scoring 40 goals on the Cup-winning team in 1991 and 54 more when they repeated in 1992. He long will be fondly remembered here for guaranteeing a series victory against Boston in the 1991 playoffs after the Penguins lost the first two games....

Google video of Stevens’ collision with the Islanders’ Rich Pilon but be warned it is for mature audiences only. Stevens was knocked unconscious and landed face-first on the Civic Arena ice, leaving players on both teams and a crowd of 16,164 stunned and sickened. When doctors peeled the skin down from Stevens’ forehead, they looked at all the broken bones and compared the damage to someone stepping on a potato chip. They put in metal plates during a 4½-hour surgery, rolled the skin back up and needed more than 100 stitches to secure it.

Stevens scored 41 goals the next season, but many close to him will tell you he was never the same player or same person again. He always liked to drink and showed signs of being an alcoholic early in his career. But that was just the start of his problems. Addiction knows no boundaries. In January 2000 Stevens, who by then had moved on from the Penguins to Boston to the Los Angeles Kings to the New York Rangers, was arrested in a St. Louis suburban hotel for smoking crack cocaine with a prostitute. But the worst still was to come. Stevens was convicted in May on federal drug charges of conspiring to sell the painkiller oxycodone between April 2015 and March 2016.

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The Latest On The Kevin Steven’s Court Case

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Former Bruins and Boston College star Kevin Stevens, charged last week with two federal drug offenses, appeared in court Tuesday and was released from federal detention and had his case moved to June 21 for an initial status conference.

Stevens, who turned 51 last month, was arrested last Thursday on two charges, both related to oxycodone. He entered not guilty pleas on both charges Tuesday.

According to the indictment, Stevens and Christopher Alonardo of Medford, over a span of months (August 2015 through at least March 2016) and in multiple locations, did “knowingly combine, conspire, confederate and agree . . . to possess with intent to distribute oxycodone.’’ Also, per the indictment, Stevens “did knowingly and intentionally possess with intent to distribute oxycodone” on Nov. 5, 2015 in Braintree.

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Kevin Stevens Charged With Conspiring To Sell Oxycodone

from Milton J. Valencia of the Boston Globe,

Famed former pro hockey player Kevin Stevens, who was raised in Massachusetts and won the Stanley Cup twice with the Pittsburgh Penguins, was charged in federal court Thursday with conspiring to sell oxycodone....

He has battled substance abuse and entered the NHL Substance Abuse Program before retiring in 2002.

In a statement, his attorney, John J. Commisso of Jackson Lewis, P.C. in Boston, said that Stevens remains plagued with “injuries, pain, and other challenges.”

He said Stevens would contest the charges.

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Saturday Hockey Talk

The Inside Hockey Radio Show this week features Kerry Goulet (29sports.com), James Mirtle (Globe and Mail, AOL Fanhouse, mirtle.blogspot.com), Bob Snow (NHL.com), Kevin Stevens (Former NHLer and Pittsburgh Penguins pro scout), and Jason Pominville (Buffalo Sabres).

The show broadcasts from 2-4pm on NHL Hockey Ice XM 204, on The Team 990 in Montreal, and 1120 AM WBNW in Boston. It can be heard online at Team 990 or Money Matters Radio.  To chime into the show, you can reach them at 1-877-645-6696 or 1-877-NHL-6696 or email radio@insidehockey.com.

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