Theo Fleury: A tale in courage and strength

In the Fall 2009, we met the great Theo Fleury at the old Borders bookstore at Madison Square Garden for a book signing of his memorable book, Playing With Fire. A true story about Fleury's struggles with substance abuse stemming from a sad personal experience in Junior Hockey that affected his mental health causing anxiety and depression. Fleury remains a courageous tale in overcoming his demons to rebuild his life when it almost ended. Someone I consider a strong person who could certainly be a Hall of Famer for his NHL career spent mostly with Calgary before a brief stint in Colorado, then New York and Chicago, he is a great example of perseverance. The book remains one of my personal favorites. Highly recommended to anyone who hasn't read it. Derek

About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included separate stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also interned for or hockey historian Stan Fischler and worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil telecasts. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has covered consecutive Staten Island Yankees NY Penn League championships in '05 and '06. He also scored Berkeley Carroll high school basketball games from '06-14 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree. The Battle Of Hudson administrator and chief editor can be followed below on Twitter and Facebook.
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