Theo Fleury is a seven-time NHL all star who won a World Junior Championship, a Canada Cup, an Olympic gold medal and helped the Calgary Flames win their first and only Stanley Cup championship during his 1988-89 rookie year. He went on to play for the Colorado Avalanche, New York Rangers and Chicago Blackhawks before retiring following a suspension by the league for violating the terms of its substance abuse program, for the second time in as many years.
After battling drug and alcohol addictions that ultimately forced him out of the NHL in 2003, he has become a sought after speaker. In 2009 he published his best-selling autobiography – Playing with Fire – which documented years of sexual abuse as a teen by his former coach.
Fleury is also well known for his taste for alcohol and nearly every type of drug imaginable, an addiction that nearly claimed his life.
The good news is that the hockey star managed to turn his life around and now dedicates his time to helping others escape the downward spiral of addiction.
Theo freely admits that his life was out of control and that his addiction led him to sink to depths that only a person with a serious substance abuse problem can understand. He recalls his numerous failed drug tests and his attempts at fooling the system, which included tricks such as adding Gatorade to his urine samples. As he spiraled out of control, Fleury gambled away millions of dollars, while strip joints and seedy nightclubs become home away from home. Life became a series of drunken brawls, both on and off the ice.
Theo has written two books about his experiences. He is in high demand as a public speaker and uses the opportunity to encourage other victims to tell their stories.
This is his story of hope, healing and recovery.