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Theo Fleury was in Charlottetown on a speaking engagement -- one of more than 400 that the former NHL star has given since his tell-all book called Playing With Fire detailed his troubled life that included being sexually abused by coach Graham James over a period of two years when he was a teenager.
Former NHL star and award winning author Theo Fleury will shares his remarkable journey through life and hockey when he visits Lennox Island July 16.
Fleury will address Aboriginal youth and families from the Mi’kmaq communities of Lennox Island and Abegweit with his powerful message of “Don’t Quit Before the Miracle.”
Fleury, who is of Metis heritage, has had to overcome many hurdles in life. He was sexually abused by his junior hockey coach for many years. Though he rose to be an all-star and top scorer in the NHL, he was haunted by his past and become addicted to drugs as he tried to cope. The story of his life is shared in “Playing With Fire,” a best-selling book released in 2009.
Fleury will speak at the John J. Sark Memorial School, Lennox Island, July 16, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. A bannock breakfast begins at 10 a.m.