Friday, October 16, 2009

Theo Fleury On XM & Release of New Book

I heard Theo Fleury on XM Home Ice this morning discussing his new book "Playing With Fire" which was released a couple of days ago.[Listen]

I've always like Fleury, despite growing up a Rangers fan when I was like 8 years old I had a poster of him above my bed when he was still a member of the Calgary Flames. Then when he became a New York Ranger I got to watch him a whole lot more. Not only was Fleury an exceptional forward who was always a goal scoring threat, he was an antagonizer. He never ever backed down from anybody, which immediately brought this video of Fleury retaliating against Peter Worrell to mind.

This is a book that I'll be picking up in the near future because Fleury sure has a lot of good hockey stories. Hopefully he'll be back on XM in the near future for another interview because he's a good guy to listen to. He threw in a quick answer that be might have an opportunity working for the Calgary Flames in the front office right before he ended the interview. So that might be something to expect in the not so distant future.

Here's a descritpion of the book grabbed from Theo's website:
Theo Fleury, at 5'6" made a name for himself in a game played by giants. A star in junior hockey, he became an integral part of the Calgary Flames’ Stanley Cup win in 1989. Fleury’s talent was such that despite a growing drug habit and erratic, inexplicable behaviour on and off the ice, Wayne Gretzky believed in him. He became a key member of the gold medal–winning men’s hockey team at the 2002 Olympics.

The Colorado Avalanche picked up Fleury for the playoffs, and when he signed with the New York Rangers, he was a kid in a candy store. After one season of his next multi-million-dollar deal, this time with the Chicago Blackhawks, Fleury suddenly called it quits and wouldn’t explain why.

In Playing with Fire, Theo Fleury takes us behind the bench during his glorious days as an NHL player and talks about growing up devastatingly poor and in chaos at home. Dark personal issues haunted him, with drinking, drugs, gambling and girls ultimately derailing his Hall of Fame–calibre career.

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