Playing With Fire

Playing With Fire

The Highest Highs and Lowest Lows of Theo Fleury

Book - 2009
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One of the most influential hockey books of all time, and the runaway blockbuster that changed the way we look at the sport

Finalist for the CBA Libris Award for Best Non-Fiction Book of the Year

Theo Fleury, at 5'6" made a name for himself in a game played by giants. A star in junior hockey, he became an integral part of the Calgary Flames’ Stanley Cup win in 1989. Fleury’s talent was such that despite a growing drug habit and erratic, inexplicable behaviour on and off the ice, Wayne Gretzky believed in him. He became a key member of the gold medal–winning men’s hockey team at the 2002 Olympics.

The Colorado Avalanche picked up Fleury for the playoffs, and when he signed with the New York Rangers, he was a kid in a candy store. After one season of his next multi-million-dollar deal, this time with the Chicago Blackhawks, Fleury suddenly called it quits and wouldn’t explain why. In Playing with Fire, Theo Fleury takes us behind the bench during his glorious days as an NHL player and talks about growing up devastatingly poor and in chaos at home. Dark personal issues haunted him, with drinking, drugs, gambling and girls ultimately derailing his Hall of Fame–calibre career.

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins Canada, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781554682393
Branch Call Number: 796.962 FLE
Characteristics: xiv, 322 p., [16] p. of plates :,col. ill., col. ports. ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: McLellan Day, Kirstie


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Dec 23, 2014

Read about 90 pages before I returned it to VPL. He should take more responsibility for his actions and stop blaming everyone else. Would not recommend this book.

Nov 26, 2012

Theo Fleury is a narcissist of the highest order. If you want to read way too much from a guy that loves only himself and is into only himself, and thinks he has no malodorous fecal matter simply because he can play a wicked game of hockey, this book is for you. For all others, except those who are major hockey fans, skip this tripe. For serious hockey fans, this book is a must-read. Yeah, Theo was molested as a kid, and Graham James is a slug. But is reading about Theoren's horrible past worth your time? Maybe people who have been victims of sexual abuse might find his story inspiring, but I think Theo's book reveals this victim so egomaniacal that it's mostly annoying. I found the inside stories of the NHL really interesting, though. If you're a hockey nut, this is a must-read. Maybe he's a mirror-lover because of the abuse; but he plays Hamlet way WAY too much for me to give him a pass. He needs to get over himself. But interesting hockey tales.

Jul 27, 2012

not bad it was kind of hard to read. but that's because theo's kind of hard to be around some times.

Aug 12, 2010

Really enjoyed reading the book as if you were listening to him talk - in his own voice.

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