on 21 February 2010
Theo Fleury is a legend in his own right.
He has the career, the medals, the titles and the stats to back that up.
This book takes you behind the career, the stories, the scandal, and shows you the man.
There are no holds barred, and Theo tells you everything, it's heartbreaking, hilarious, and above all else a true insight in to what made him the player, and man that he is.
He recalls so many stats and stories about the players he played with and against that it probably wouldn't hold the attention of those without a real hockey interest, but for anyone that does, however remotely, I couldn't recommend it enough.
on 15 August 2012
Fleury was (and maybe still is) a superstar of the NHL. A player with fire in his play that comes from demons inside his soul.
This book gives an account of what it was like for him as a child growing up in Russel with parents who were dysfunctional to say the least, and how a coach, whom he trusted abused the trust mentally and physically. From childhood to adulthood and the consequence of his inner demons driving him to alcohol and drug abuse, Fleury gives a fairly detailed account, without pulling any punches about the impact on him, the people around him and the teams he played for.
Fleury now appears to be at peace with himself, and repairing the damage he has done to all around him, so hats off to him!
I really enjoyed the book, and could relate to the hockey part of this as a former player myself, maybe there was a little too much arrogance in the book, but hey, thats what makes professional superstars different.
on 28 February 2010
For non-hockey fans Theo Fleury's book thankfully sets the scene about the various leagues in the sport in Canada and America, the players on the ice and the management off it. This co-incides with the Olympics that finished at the end of February 2010 and a few of the players on that team, are mentioned here before hitting the Olympic heights.
Fleury's own story is honestly told, not coming across as a perfect person in fact he looks bitter in places. Because it's told very much in the way that the player talks, expletives and all, you don't know if his co-writer was transcribing recorded interviews. I've read the book three times now and that style is what holds the attention. Half the book is overshadowed by his abuse as a teenager as it would overshadow a chunk of his junior playing career.
This situation was resolved by his peer Sheldon Kennedy as told in his own book Why I Didn't Say Anything. However, lack of legal pressure didn't give Fleury any peace as this went on to affect his marriage and send him to rehab among other major consequences and fallout. The Rock Bottom moment is the preface after Wayne Gretzky's dedication, but actually happens a couple of chapters before the end.
The hardware version is well packaged with colour pictures and bound in Canadian Red White and spined in black. Now that there's no postal strike delaying delivery of it, it's well worth a read from either a sporting or a child abuse perspective.
on 11 July 2014
I'm a big hockey fan from the UK.
I read this book whilst in hospital, I couldn't put it down, a real rollercoaster of emotions, good times & bad.
It's great to see Theo has come out the other side & his demons & addictions are hopefully behind him for good.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough, rags to riches story or one of the greatest NHLers of all time.
on 28 June 2010
If you are a hockey fan then read this, it gives you an insight into a side of the game we don't see as a fan; you feel Theo is being truthful, though at times, and understandably, probably not unbiased