Fleury coming to the Soo

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Theo Fleury speaking July 17, 2018 in Fort McMurray, Alberta. “We believe that it’s all about community that helps heal people and that’s really what the Breaking Free Foundation is. We’re a community of people looking to have the difficult conversations that need to be had in this world.” photo via twitter @BreakingFreeFdn

Former National Hockey League star forward Theo Fleury will be coming to the Soo to speak this fall.

The 50 year old is the author of the book “Playing With Fire”, which is a best-selling autobiography that reveals he had been sexually abused by his former head coach Graham James.

Fleury was coached by James in his rookie season with the Western Hockey League’s Moose Jaw Warriors back in 1984-1985.

In the book, he also talks about his great career in the National Hockey League, despite his drug and alcohol addictions.

Former NHL hockey star Theoren Fleury poses for a photograph with his new booked called “Playing With Fire” in Toronto on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

His book, “Playing With Fire”, was published back in October of 2009 and was co-written with Kristie McLellan Day.

At just 5’6 and 180 lbs, Fleury had an outstanding National Hockey League career from 1988-2003, putting up 1088 points in 1084 career games.

The Oxbow, Saskatchewan native played eleven seasons with the Calgary Flames from 1988-1999, and led the club in scoring in 1991, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999.

During his rookie season in 1988-1989, Fleury helped the Calgary Flames win their first and only Stanley Cup in franchise history.

That year in Calgary, Fleury was also coached under former Soo Greyhounds head coach Terry Crisp.

During the 1998-1999 season, the Flames traded Fleury to the Colorado Avalanche, where he helped lead the club to the Western Conference final.

Fleury then went on to play three seasons with the New York Rangers from 1999-2002, before wrapping up his National Hockey League career with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2003.

John Howard Society of Sault Ste. Marie presents the former National Hockey League star at the Marconi Hall on Thursday, November 1st.

photo via @BreakingFreeFDN.
Theo Fleury pictured during #VictorWalk in Fort McMurray, Alberta. July 17, 2018

Tickets for the dinner and speech are $45.00, and can be purchased at www.eventbrite.ca.

For more information, you can also contact Taylor Piazza at 705-759-3389, ext. 204.