Theo Fleury to speak at hall of fame dinner

by Sudbury Sports Staff | April 19, 2013
Theo Fleury

Theo Fleury will be the guest speaker at the Valley East Sports Hall of Fame dinner in June. PHOTO SUPPLIED

The Valley East Sports Hall of Fame will host a dinner event with former NHL All-Star, Stanley Cup winner and Olympic gold medallist Theoren “Theo” Fleury as guest speaker June 8.

In 2009 Theo wrote the best-selling  novel, “Playing With Fire,” in which he tells his story of a troubled home life, years of sexual abuse, coping with pain through drugs and alcohol, overcoming addiction, as well as his meteoric rise and descent in the NHL, goals scored and games won.

“He shares funny stories from behind the scenes with the game’s biggest stars,” added Dawn Larsen, event co-chair. “Theo tells jaw-dropping anecdotes of living hard at the top of the NHL, the crash that followed, and finally his comeback and redemption. He knows what it takes to become a champion, build a strong team and overcome incredible odds.”

“I’m impressed with the long-standing reputation of the Valley East Sports Hall of Fame as an advocate for recognizing and celebrating positive sport’s role models in our community,” said Hubert Moncion, event organizer. “Theo’s experience in minor hockey resonates with anyone working to eliminate intimate violence in society.”

Many of the Valley East Sports Hall of Fame past inductees will be in attendance. This year’s class of inductees will also be announced. The evening will include a silent auction, prizes and food by Leslie’s Catering. Tickets are $65 and can be purchased online at vesportshalloffame.com or by phoning 705-690-4255.

2013 marks the 15th anniversary of the Valley East Sports Hall of Fame, which celebrates and recognizes the outstanding athletes and citizens of Valley East who have made a real and significant impact into the sports culture of the community.

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