Calgary Flames legend Theoren Fleury was in town on Friday, October 12 visiting schools around Drumheller, telling his life story of sexual abuse, drugs, alcohol, and his journey to sobriety.
He first visited St. Anthony's School, where students grades 7-12 heard his story that started out in Russell, Manitoba, where Fleury found his love for hockey.
"The main thing he was taught as a young child, and how he carried through with it which is, respect for each other, respect for yourself, your community, your teammates, your classmates, the environment," said St. Anthony's Vice Principal Chris Bzdel of Fleury's speech.
Fleury then stopped in at Drum FM studios and spoke with Jason Blanke, after that he made his way to Drumheller Valley Secondary School to continue to his story.
He spoke about being sexually abused in his youth, and how he battled with drugs and alcohol in his adulthood, which ultimately led had him expelled out of the NHL.
"I think it is good for the town, we have had him here before for an alumni game. He has displayed his hockey skills before, but to come and display his message. It is just great for the town," explained Grade 11 DVSS Student Dale Pliva.
Fleury ended his speech by stating that he has now been 13 years sober, and grateful for what life has given him. He currently works with the Breaking Free Foundation, which provides survivors of traumatic events support and treatment that is needed to heal.
"I think it is incredibly important for young people to hear his message of hope after trauma. They have been excited to hear his message and there is a lot of fans in the audience," said DVVS teacher Lynn Hemming.