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by Alanah McGinley on 10/17/11 at 03:54 PM ET
From Mike Boone at the Gazette:
Ron Stern is a former NHL heavyweight. Although lacking a Laraquesque tale of the tape, the 6-foot, 195-pound Stern took on all comers and amassed more than 2,000 penalty minutes in 12 seasons with Vancouver, Calgary and San Jose.
During a phone conversation from his home in Calgary, Stern said most retired players take three to five years to find something they enjoy doing. A period of “emotional transition” can be difficult.
“Some guys get divorced and lose more than half their money,” Stern says. “They get into drinking because they’re unhappy, or drugs. They get into some sort of depression.
“It’s the same challenge for wives. They’re used to a certain lifestyle. The player is never around, she can do what she wants. Retirement changes the whole environment.
“The kids wonder why is Dad so grouchy? It’s because he doesn’t know what to do when he grows up.”
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