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Afternoon Line - Theo Fleury

"I chose to live my life -- every little detail -- publicly because I know how many people it's helped. I know how many people have taken the noose off their neck, I know how many people have put the gun down, how many people that have not taken the whole bottle of pills. What I want to encourage people is, it's OK to tell your story. One day you're going to tell your story, and it's going to save someone's life."

-Theo Fleury.  Much more on Fleury from Katie Strang of ESPN.

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Flames on a plane, with the Cup

On Saturday, the Hockey News's Adam Proteau posted the first installment of a two-part "oral history" of the Calgary Flames' 1989 Stanley Cup run, and he continues today with more behind-the-scenes tales from the Flames' Cup win in the Montreal Forum and its aftermath:

Delirious with joy, the Flames boarded their plane for the flight back to Calgary. They would all go on to enjoy incredible NHL careers, but for those precious few hours, they celebrated as one extended family.

CLIFF FLETCHER My son and daughter were on the plane with me. We had a special passenger, too: It wasn’t supposed to be allowed, but it just so happened the Stanley Cup was in that cabin with us.

AL MACINNIS We knew that was our one time as a team – from managers, to coaches, to trainers, to players – to really just be together for those few hours and take in the moment. That was a pretty special time, and quite a plane ride.

COLIN PATTERSON One of my favorite pictures from the flight is myself, Joel Otto and Lanny: We were sitting in one row and we’d just got the Cup. We were just so excited to have it.

THEO FLEURY I think I passed out on the plane hugging the Cup.

DOUG GILMOUR The only disappointing part of it was we ran out of beer before we took off. Whatever was available after that point – liquor, wine, whatever – was what we drank. We didn’t really care at that point.

TERRY CRISP We sat with our wives in the front of the plane; the players were in the back with the Cup. It was great because you could just sit and listen to the guys back there. And it really was just the team. Nobody could interfere with you. Until you land, it’s yours. When you’re up in the clouds – as you deserved to be, because you just knocked off one of the best in the business, in the Mecca of hockey – you get to enjoy it.

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Theo Fleury Doesn’t Deserve These Kind Of Shots

from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,

This past week, former NHL star Theo Fleury opined on Twitter that the league-leading Vancouver Canucks were a likely first-round upset victim. Fleury isn’t a fan of Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo. We heard similar comments from Fleury when he was a guest on a radio show we hosted recently.

Hey, everyone’s entitled to his opinion on Twitter – especially a player who starred at the top level of the NHL and won a Stanley Cup. But Fleury’s provocative comments brought out haters on Twitter with some of the most vile comments imaginable about a man who was sexually abused by his junior coach Graham James and who has battled substance addiction.

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Retiring Theo Fleury’s Number

from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,

And there’s no telling when he might see his jersey lifted above the ice in Calgary. It took 22 years for his junior club to honour him, proving character is considered more important than talent when it comes to celebrating a star.

His hockey life has come full circle, joining the Hall in a city that both kickstarted his career and began a lifelong nightmare thanks to the alleged abuse of convicted pedophile Graham James — his first junior coach.

The Warriors have now determined Fleury worthy.

With years of sobriety under his belt and a new reputation being built as a voice against sexual abuse and violence against children, his character off the ice is finally catching up to the skill he always displayed on it.

If his life continues in the same direction, the Flames will undoubtedly follow suit.

As long as Fleury’s penchant for untimely outbursts doesn’t get in the way.

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Theo Fleury Realizes He Made A Mistake

from TSN,

Last week, Theo Fleury used his blog to rip the Calgary Flames’ decision to cut him from the roster after a pre-season tryout. On Monday, he used it again - this time to apologize for his comments.

“I sometimes say and do things without thinking,” Fleury wrote on Monday. “I want to apologize to Craig Conroy and Robyn Regehr for my comments. I will never forget my 2 and a half weeks this September and how great it was being with the boys again. The Calgary Flames organization is one of class and integrity and the comments that I made were uncalled for. Please accept my apology.”

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The Problem Is Theo, You’re Not Oprah Or Larry King

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Somehow, between acting lessons, reading movie scripts, pawning his book, recording a country music song and shooting the accompanying video, Theo Fleury managed to write a blog that has underscored just how little The Little Big Man can be.

Burning perhaps the last bridge he had to the hockey world by referring to those in the Flames organization and the NHL who gave him the chance to clear his name with a comeback attempt last fall as “stupid” the 41-year-old went further by suggesting he never should’ve been cut.

Taking shots at Craig Conroy and Robyn Regehr who both had the class to speak well of Fleury during camp despite the fact all players thought his publicity stunt was a joke, Fleury tried justifying his words Thursday by suggesting “Oprah and Larry King don’t have to take calls and explain every blog they write.”

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Note 8:05am 01/08/10, For some reason lateley, Sun Media has been posting stories and then changing the link a few hours later.  So this link, like other Sun Media links, was working, then it went bad, but I changed it now to the new link so it is now working again.

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Theo Fleury & Sheldon Kennedy Talk

An ESPN video & I suggest watching.

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Why Didn’t Fleury Talk Earlier?

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

Theoren Fleury is getting lots of credit, lots of sympathy and, presumably, lots of money for baring his soul with his sordid tale of sexual abuse at the hands of his former coach Graham James.

But Fleury would have commanded a lot more respect if he stepped forward in 1996 when former teammate Sheldon Kennedy was the first player to blow the whistle on James’s predatory behaviour.

If he had come forward then, Fleury might not have seen his career dissolve in a haze of alcohol, drugs and other destructive behaviour.

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Fleury Will File Sexual Abuse Complaint Against Graham James

from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,

Theoren Fleury sounds ready to see this thing through.

In Toronto to launch the of his candid autobiography Playing With Fire, the former Calgary Flames’ captain said Wednesday morning that a complaint of sexual abuse against his former junior coach Graham James is in the works.

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Theo Fleury Tells All

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.

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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.

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Pre-orders of ‘Playing With Fire’ are being taken at Amazon.com (affiliate link).

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Theo Fleury In The HHOF?

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

In the short term, we can expect to see plenty of him via a book tour, a jersey retirement and likely associations with the Flames organization and a local recovery facility.

What follows should be an emotional ceremony in Toronto, where he can thank everyone from his wife/saviour Jennifer and his Cup-winning teammates of ‘89 to current and past Flames management types, including Al MacNeil, who threw his pen at the draft table and cursed the decision to draft “a frickin’ jockey” 166th overall in ‘87.

Hall-of-Fame president Jeff Denomme confirmed yesterday Fleury was eligible for induction last year by virtue of the fact it had been three years since he last played pro in Belfast.

Voters who lost track of Fleury while he spent years in New Mexico drinking and golfing can’t be faulted for overlooking the Little Big Man whose battles in life also included bouts with Crohn’s disease.

It’s time he be re-introduced to the discussion as his numbers and accomplishments dwarf those of several previous inductees.

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Fleury Retires

via the CP at TSN,

Theoren Fleury’s career is ending in the same place it began.

The 41-year-old has decided not to try and pursue a comeback with another NHL team, choosing instead to retire as a member of the Calgary Flames.

“I could not sign with another team,” he said. “I retire a Calgary Flame.”

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Thoughts On Theo Fleury

The Calgary Herald quotes some of the Flames players on Theo Fleury’s departure,

I didn’t know what to expect before he came in. I hadn’t seen him in a lot of years on the ice. It was better than I had expected. If he chooses to play, there are definitely hockey teams that would love to have him. I’m sure there are. I’m not sure what his decision will be or anything like that, but I certainly wish him the best. I’m definitely proud to have been at camp with him.”

—Jarome Iginla

more players…

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Calgary Releases Fleury

Darren Dreger on Leafs Lunch reports Fleury has been released by the Flames.

added 12:48pm, Dreger just mentioned on Leafs Lunch Fleury will have a press conference on Monday, needs a few days before talking.

added 12:53pm,

Calgary, AB - Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today that Theoren Fleury has been released from his try-out agreement.

“I believe Theoren did a great job and should be proud, especially considering all the factors including age, time away from the game and lifestyle change,” said Sutter. “This is not a hockey story; it’s a life story. Our agreement with Theoren was that he had to be one of our top six wingers and there were never any intentions of assigning him to the American Hockey League.”

“I am very thankful to Darryl and the Flames organization for following through on the commitment to provide me with this opportunity,” said Fleury. “I said in the beginning that no matter what the outcome, this would be a success story. I intend to take the next few days to review this experience and make decisions with my family regarding next steps in my life.”

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Coach Sutter On Fleury

from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,

For Theoren Fleury and those fans praying for a fairy-tale ending to his tryout, they better hope it was a twitch yesterday when Flames head coach Brent Sutter was talking about the 41-year-old.

“I don’t want to comment or get too far ahead on anything because we’re still taking everything day to day. Let’s see how everything unfolds here,” Sutter said after suggesting he didn’t necessarily need to see Fleury in action in the final pre-season game tomorrow to make a decision on whether or not the 5-foot-6 winger fits with the franchise.

“He’s certainly done a good job—yet, there’s a lot of good players here.”

Then came the grimace, synchronized with words that may be as damning as any publicly offered about Fleury to date.

“And the pace of the game is gonna pick up 10-fold here starting next week, so let’s just see what happens.”

Fleury’s critics would say his biggest flaw is an inability to keep up with the play through the pre-season.

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Hard Not To Notice Fleury

from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,

He’s becoming a kind of rash, this audacious little beggar. And those inside the Calgary Flames’ family who figured the Theo Fleury experiment was nothing more than an annoying lark, a stunt, a PR nuisance destined to quickly run its course, are starting to break out in hives.

“When he got the puck at the dot, I knew he’d score,’’ laughed former teammate Cory Stillman, sitting out for Florida on Sunday night. “Theo doesn’t miss those chances.’‘

Ho hum. Another day at the office. A goal. An assist. Another standing ovation.

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The Return Of Theo Fleury

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

With his usual flair for the dramatic, Fleury scored the lone shootout goal in Calgary’s 5-4 pre-season victory over the New York Islanders last night, exactly what the Saddledome faithful wanted.

“When I was told to go out,” Fleury responded when asked what went through his mind, “I was thinking I’d better score here.”

He did.

Fleury didn’t have a whole lot of impact over the first 65 minutes, but that didn’t matter in the end.

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Fleury’s Wife Behind His Recovery

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Tomorrow marks the fourth anniversary of Theo Fleury’s sobriety.

Tonight marks the latest in a string of second chances recovering alcoholics like him spend years in counselling dreaming about.

Shortly after 7 p.m., the 41-year-old winger will be the first Flame to hit the Saddledome ice wearing No. 14 since he was traded to Colorado in 1999.

And sitting in the rink now guaranteed to be a rare preseason sellout thanks to him will be the woman who essentially made it all possible: His wife Jennifer.

His guiding light in a world darkened for so many years by abuses of all kinds.

“She’s my winger,” said Fleury, exhaling deeply when asked about the woman who helped turn his life around four years back. “She’s basically the first person who grabbed me by the scruff of the neck and said, ‘That big pile of crap you’ve been dragging around for 25 years—we’re going to reduce it.’ She drew the line in the sand and said ‘This is the way it’s going to be.’ I had no idea where to start.”

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Fleury Officially Invited To Flames Camp

Calgary, AB - Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today that Theoren Fleury has been invited to attend the Flames 2009 Training Camp on a try-out basis.

“Once we determined that Theoren was training to our standards and the League permitted his return to on-ice competition, it wasn’t a hard decision for us to provide him with this opportunity,” said Sutter. “In the history of our franchise, he is among the top players all-time and regardless of what happens; he can finish as an active player. This is a day-to-day thing and we will develop our expectations over the course of training camp.”

“I am both thankful and very excited to be given this opportunity by Darryl and the Flames organization,” said Fleury. “I intend to come to camp today with a strong work ethic, a positive attitude and to be treated like any other member of the group.”

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Talk Of Theo Fleury Signing With The Flames Organization

from Eric Francis of the Calgay Sun,

Where there’s smoke, there’s usually Heat.

In this case, that’s the Abbotsford Heat, which is where Theo Fleury may very well be destined.

On a day in which the former NHL star met with league commissioner Gary Bettman in Phoenix to get the final word on whether he’ll have clearance to play, rumours swirled, suggesting the Calgary Flames will give Fleury a tryout.

Yes, starting Saturday when the club’s veterans check in for physicals, a 5-foot-6, 41-year-old former concrete worker who hasn’t played for six years may be in their midst.

However, given the Flames’ youth movement and Fleury’s obvious deficiencies, he won’t be there long, as the ultimate goal would be to send Fleury to Abbotsford, where the controversial mighty-mite will help sell a ton of tickets for the club’s new AHL partner.

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Long Odds For A Fleury Comeback

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Darryl Sutter believes Theo Fleury will get a tryout if cleared by the NHL.

“You and I could get a tryout—as long as we pay for our hotel room,” deadpanned the Flames GM yesterday, suggesting a no-strings attached camp invite means little.

That said, while trying his best to remain non-judgmental, Sutter isn’t optimistic the ex-Flames star will be capable of fitting into a league that has changed dramatically since Fleury’s last season in 2003.

“You pull for him because you think a lot of him, but six years is awhile,” said Sutter, revealing Fleury approached him during the playoffs to inform him of his intent to return to the game.

“The big thing is the calibre of training is significantly different these days. It’s one thing to lose weight, but we’ve got kids setting records with their fitness test results, let alone what phenomenal athletes like Iggy (Jarome Iginla) and Reggie (Robyn Regehr) are capable of. I think it would be very difficult for an older guy to get to those levels.”

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Theo Wants To Return To The NHL

Fron Darren Dreger of TSN,

Sources tell TSN Theoren Fleury is attempting a comeback and wants to play in the NHL again.

After playing senior hockey last season, Fleury decided in February he was fit enough to give the NHL another try, so he hired a personal trainer and has been working diligently since.

Those close to him say he didn’t leave the National Hockey League the way he wanted, which is fueling his desire to return.

The 41-year-old has been sober for almost four years and has been skating daily in Calgary in the hope that an NHL team is willing to invite him to training camp.

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added 8:14pm, On March 13th 2009 on AM 640 Toronto, Theo Fluery was interviewed on the Bill Watters Show w/ Greg Brady about if he had any interest in making a comeback after good friend Claude Lemieux attempted one.  Watters informs Theo that he should give it a try!!  Theo responds with “It has crossed his mind, and You never know!”

Thanks to AM640 in Toronto for passing on the audio to KK.

added 9:28pm, from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun (Saturday edition),

You can bet everyone around him is supporting his decision to take one last run at the big time.

However, like most athletes, somewhere along the way he’s lost sight of the reality of father time.

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Time For Calgary To Hang #14 From The Rafters

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Shortly after a first-period video tribute to his career as a Flame, Theo Fleury waved from the owners’ box to acknowledge the hearty applause. And while the gesture was an honourable one the club has made a conscious effort to do more of as it approaches its 30th anniversary, it fell short of the true honour awaiting the Little Big Man.

The next time he’s highlighted at the ‘Dome the 5-foot-6 mighty mite should be looking up—way up—to his jersey being hoisted to the rafters. His No. 14 should be retired.

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Update 12:25pm ET (alanah): More on Fleury today, as he speaks about his life and addictions to Christianity.ca:

A loner for much of his life, Fleury learned to escape the pressures of fame and success by turning to his two drugs of choice: alcohol and cocaine. “There’s a lot of pressure that goes along with being a professional athlete. I grew up in a small community so when you live in a city like New York that never shuts down, it’s 24 hours of fun all the time.

He continues, “The NHL isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. It’s not all glamour and fame – people don’t see the sacrifices your family has to make, the hotels and the bus… I owe everything to hockey, everything I have is from hockey, but there’s a heavy price to be paid for choosing that profession.”

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Theo Fleury - Author

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Theo Fleury fans - and you still see some Avs fans with his jersey at games - might be interested in a coming book he “wrote.”

“I think that people need to understand why. What it was that made me do what I did. I knew I was crazy insane and so did everyone else,” Fleury writes. “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….”

read on

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Theo Fleury Takes on Baseball

From the Canadian Press via NHL.com:

“The fans love it. [Theo Fleury’s] going to be out here Thursday night throwing the first pitch,” said an unashamed Peter Young, president of the Calgary Vipers. “The league has said any time we want to use him we can and not go against our roster.

“He’s a pro athlete and he’s not likely to make a fool of himself. It’s not like Billy Crystal standing out there who has played in a couple of celebrity games in his life. This guy played professional sports.”

The announcement came on the same day the team announced it had traded a player to another squad for 10 baseball bats.

Fleury, wearing the Viper’s uniform with his trademark Number 14, appeared to be taking the whole hitting practice seriously although a slight paunch drummed up memories of Babe Ruth in his latter years.

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Update 10:00am ET: The Canadian Press provides video of Fleury hitting some balls and talking to the media.

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Following Theo

from George Johnson at the National Post,

The newest project feature Fleury and his family in a reality TV series entitled Theoren Fleury: Rock Solid, centred around his Fleury’s Concrete Coatings business in Calgary. Mike Lownsbrough’s Straycatt Productions would produce and distribute the program.

The premise deals with the the day-to-day life of Fleury, his wife, two brothers, sister-in-law and a gang of cousins involved in the concrete business. A few driveways and the odd foundation served with a side dish of hockey anecdotes. Not exactly Iron Chef, but Fleury figures it’s a recipe for success.

A kickoff party for media types in restless, relentless search of a free meal and for prospective investors has been scheduled for Dec. 14. At that time, the proposed series pilot will be aired and people can judge for themselves.

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The Colorful Theo Fleury

Theo Fleury will be joining the Calgary Flames broadcast crew doing the color commentary on tonight’s Pay-Per-View match against the Colorado Avalanche.

Which reminds me of this from Eric Duhatschek’s post on the Globe & Mail hockey blog just last week:

Asked if he had any plans to come of retirement, Fleury retorted: “Just for the shootout. I think I can still do that. I’m pretty good at it, in the basement, playing with the kids.”

Otherwise, Fleury says he’s through with hockey (“I hate it. I really do,” he said).

Love it or hate it, I guess he just can’t stay away from it.

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