Playing with Fire: The Highest Highs and Lowest Lows of Theo by Theoren Fleury, Kirstie McLellan Day

By Theoren Fleury, Kirstie McLellan Day

Theo Fleury, who had walked clear of hockey in 2003, leaving hundreds of thousands of bucks at the desk and millions of lovers asking why, was resolute to redeem himself. yet how? With a comeback. Six years after his final NHL video game, at age forty-one, weighing 215 kilos and with 25 in keeping with cent physique fats, he had merely seven months to prepare for the Calgary Flames education camp. His probability for redemption got here in a pre-season online game opposed to the hot York Islanders. The ranking used to be four– four going right into a shootout whilst his trainer leaned over and advised him, “ You’ re up next.”

In this totally updated version of fiddling with hearth, Fleury offers readers the interior tale on how his existence has replaced considering that this booklet used to be first released. besides the unique, fearlessly sincere story that captivated the state, he now chronicles his NHL comeback. within the comparable frank, fast moving kind that made his booklet a blockbuster, Fleury stocks interesting new tales approximately lifestyles as a 41-year-old rookie, as an writer at the street, and as a guy within the highlight following the demanding information that his former trainer Graham James have been pardoned for his terrible crimes. twiddling with fireplace is Theo Fleury’ s trip to hell and again, a e-book not anyone can placed down or will ever fail to remember.

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I don’t know. I know I switched addictions. I started going to the casino every day. That year, I kissed three million bucks—and my marriage—goodbye. Just before I signed with the Chicago Blackhawks, I started hanging out in strip joints. Strippers were like me—damaged. It was one-stop shopping—sex, drugs and booze, all under one roof. Grease the bouncer at the front door, next thing you know, you’ve got an ounce of fucking blow. Party’s on. A year later, I was in the gym, doing cardio on the bike at the end of my workout.

I had two younger brothers, Teddy and Travis. Hockey was as important to them as it was to me. Teddy was standing beside me, watching my face while I talked with Dr. Robertson. ” he started jumping up and down, shouting, “He can play! He can play! ” That day at the rink as I got dressed, I started a routine that continued all the way through my career: left shin pad, right shin pad, left skate, then right skate. I put everything on left to right and made sure I was the first player after the goalie to step on the ice.

His wife, Buella, appeared from nowhere, balled up her scarf and stuffed it into my arm. Coach wound a tourniquet tight below by bicep, and one of the mom’s friends, Mrs. Petz, squeezed my arm tight. Coach lifted me up in his arms like a baby and ran out to his car. He and Mrs. Petz and her son, my teammate Ted, loaded me into a car and, pedal to the metal, raced all the way to Portage District General. The tourniquet and pressure had stopped the bleeding, so the emergency room staff took care of a baby who had been badly burned first.

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