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Playing With Fire [Hardcover]

Theoren Fleury , Kirstie McLellan Day
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Oct. 14 2009

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.


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?I?ve known Theo Fleury since back in junior, and I always hated playing against him. Theo was the ultimate competitor. He would do anything to win. That kind of attitude is tough to beat. He was an emotional guy, and when we ended up on the same team in Colorado in 1999, he was still a pest. If I scored, he would come over and pound me on the back or jump up and hug me and get on me for not celebrating enough. I am really glad Theo has come out on top.?
? Joe Sakic, Captain, Colorado Avalanche ()

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"I've known Theo Fleury since back in junior, and I always hated playing against him. Theo was the ultimate competitor. He would do anything to win. That kind of attitude is tough to beat.

He was an emotional guy, and when we ended up on the same team in Colorado in 1999, he was still a pest. If I scored, he would come over and pound me on the back or jump up and hug me and get on me for not celebrating enough. I am really glad Theo has come out on top."


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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
"Playing With Fire" written by Theoren Fleury, far exceeded my expectations. Once I picked it up it was very hard to put back down. Whether you are a sports fan or not, you will enjoy this book. It provides a detailed look into Theo's life and both the positive and negative experiences that he encountered. It also outlines his experiences with sex, drugs, alcohol and abuse. It is also a story about an individual who fought back, an individual who dedicated his very existence to being the best he could be (both on and off the ice). For those of you interested in reading "Playing with Fire", you won't be disappointed!

If you are looking for a book written with lots of emotion and honesty, this book has it all...

To Theo:
Thank You for being strong and thank you for writing this book. We Love You!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational Nov. 28 2009
Format:Hardcover
Picked this book up and literally could not put it down. Seven hours and I read it cover to cover. Theoren's story of self destuction, and then healing with pull your heart through every emotion along the way. Not that organized of a book as far as the storyline jumping around, but that just shows that Theo is pouring his heart onto the page and overflowing with emotion as he revisits the extreme highs and the scary, dark lows of his life. More spefically his battle with addiction. I am currently battling alcoholism myself and have taken so much good from this book to help me on my journey from this point on. Whether you are man, women, addict, recovered addict, or just a curious hockey fan, you will find this book truly inspiring. Also gives you a peek into some of the dirty politics that goes on in all pro sport leagues.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Survivor Man on many sad realistic levels. Nov. 11 2009
Format:Hardcover
A good, imformative read of a gifted life yanked sideways. The present modern day ending looks good. Happy he is alive and clean to write such a poignant biography. Keep going Theo. You are on the path to freedom, keep going forward dear man, just keep going forward!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Playing With Fire: b;y Theoren Fleury Nov. 27 2009
Format:Hardcover
This is the best book I have read in a very long time. Of course, be prepared it is written how a hockey player talks so there is swearing in it, but from my perspective it made it more realistic. He writes it from the heart and it is not a poor me book either. I found it quite hilarious and laughed quite a lot throughout the book. It is also a book that will help a lot of people heal. I think both females and males will get a very healing message from his experiences on many levels no matter whether they experienced bullying, sexual harassment, rape or abuse they will be helped if they are ready. They will laugh through the book because there are great hockey stories as well. I loved this book and plan to read it again. I have recommended to many hockey fans even those who have had not had any abuse in their lives because it is a great motivational hockey book as well. I have seen another side to a great hockey star.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You can't put it down! Nov. 6 2009
Format:Hardcover
By far, one of the most interesting, heartbreaking, funny and down to earth books I have ever read. You feel like Theo is sitting on the couch beside you telling the story. This man has been through hell and back and has finally found peace.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars still bitter Jan. 7 2010
Format:Hardcover
I am not a real fan of professional hockey so Fleury's book was an eye opener. The reader gets a behind the scenes look at the world that many hockey players live as a result of having too much success and too much money at such a young age.
Fleury comes across as New Year's fireworks: new, dramatic, awesome, colourful, and wasted.
The abuse that he suffered and that eventually consumes his success really started in the family home that left him open to a predator.
I give him high praise for his honesty and for shining a much needed light into the dirty corners of sexual abuse.
My only real complaint is that his vocabulary is limited to locker room talk.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read even if you are not a hockey fan. Feb. 1 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I bought this book because I am about Theo's age and I too lived in Calgary and Southern Alberta as he did. I am not a huge hockey fan but I did watch a few Calgary Flames hockey games in college (1988 & 89) and slowly became a fan of the team and Theo. I didn't follow his career after he left the Calgary Flames and didn't know what to expect from his book.
What a fasinating life story. I couldn't put it down. I really enjoyed this book although I found myself feeling bad (& sad) for him as he couldn't quite get his life on track. he was deep into his addictions by the time he made it to the NHL and throughout his hockey career. it seemed like he didn't have (or want) the help and support he needed to get sober. He came from absolutely nothing in a small town in Manitoba, Canada and rose up to the top of his league all while dealing with his childhood sexual abuse (by his hockey coach) and later his addictions to drugs & alcohol. He had raw talent and pure determination. He had it all and lost it all. Woman or man and a hockey fan or not - this is a great and inspiring story of one of Canada's greatest athletes. Thank you Theo for telling your story. "Don't give up before the miracle" are definately words to live by.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely A Page Turner! Nov. 19 2009
Format:Hardcover
An absolute must read! As I read this book it made me feel as though I was sitting at my kitchen table sharing a few beers with an old friend. Incredible story!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good book
Published 1 day ago by Karen
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read! Theo wrote from the heart
Excellent read! Theo wrote from the heart. Great to see his life turn around after Childhood Sexual Abuse. Very Brave soul to lay his life out there for all to read.
Published 1 month ago by Karen Boyd
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great book!
Published 2 months ago by Jennifer Booth
4.0 out of 5 stars TIME MACHINE!!
I wanted to read this book after seeing Theo figure skating in a pairs competition on CBC, it is where I think he and his partner skated to a song he wrote and sang. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Readergirl
4.0 out of 5 stars New perspective
This book certainly gave a new perspective on the junior and NHL hockey Structure. The author's honesty in sharing his experiences and perspectives made this book a very good... Read more
Published 9 months ago by JMW 0907
5.0 out of 5 stars scary scary
Some people may take Mr. Fluery as being arrogant. I take it as being confident and now free.
Very good read very insightful. Read more
Published 10 months ago by mike
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book about hockey
Well written, easy to ready. Graphic in the beginning but kind of lost me when it went into his hockey career full time and not how his career was affected later in life by the... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Anna
4.0 out of 5 stars Playing with Fire
This was for my husband, and he said it was a dark book. How it was written he said he could feel the pain Theo was going through.
Published 11 months ago by Anita Hamilton
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This was a wonderful story. My family and I had the opportunity to meet Theo at a horse race. After meeting him, I ordered the book as soon as I could. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Kendra Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book
This was a great book so much interesting things in it, I could not put the book down until the last page.
Published 17 months ago by Jake Hildebrandt
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