When I was asked to discuss the new Theo Fleury book Playing With Fire, which has as much swearing, drug use, and vulgarity as the movie "Crank It," took me awhile to take it seriously. I grew up watching Fleury and would easily regard him as a great player, and a textbook definition of a gritty enforcer forward. I took special note when Fleury was on the ice, I had found a similar type of style on the ice to his own, but then his off-ice antics came out. The NHL during my years of youth were similar to a good daytime soap opera. Ed Belfour wanted people to know "who the f*ck he was" while getting belligerent after having too much to drink at a hotel bar in Dallas. Marty Brodeur also had off-ice drama, and Theo was in and out of rehab and treatment clinics every week it seemed. My father ...
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Article written by Ken Armer