I had some interest in reading Bob Probert’s autobiography Tough Guy before the events of this tragic offseason given his *ahem* interesting career path. The passing of pugilists Derek Boogaard, Rick Rypien and Wade Belak this summer provided an added impetus for me to pick up the book, however...
Well, it finally happened. I knew it would at some point. Frankly I was hoping for it. After a year and a bit of formally reviewing plays in Calgary, I finally gave my first standing ovation.
"A harrowing and poignant anatomy of murder, the detailed chronicle of how a husband's petty cruelty and possessive spite can escalate into unimaginable horror."
"First-time author Kirstie McLellan has done a remarkable job, not only of researching this stomach-churning tale but of bringing it all-too-vividly to life. She tells a complex, fore-boding story with the panache and sophistication of a veteran."
"This book will blow you away!! You will either stay up all night, unable to put it down, or you will go to bed terrified, unable to sleep."
“Theo was the ultimate competitor. He would do anything to win. That kind of attitude is tough to beat... I am really glad Theo has come out on top.”
"His team was not marked by a uniform. Theoren went around everyone... So as you enter the ever-expanding circle of Theoren's life, look for the secret. The freedom to be. The courage to act. It's Fleury's life, but it's a circle of you."
"Fleury lived in fear throughout his pro career that the truth about he and James would come out. He quickly learned that liquor and drugs dulled his anxiety, and Playing with Fire recalls that descent in painstaking detail."
"In his new book, Theoren Fleury talks for the first time about the secret that started his descent into darkness."
"Theo Fleury’s autobiography Playing with Fire is as direct and hard hitting as his play was on the ice... he brings every imaginable skeleton out of his closet for all to see."