BORN-June 29, 1968
BIRTH PLACE-Oxbow, Saskachewan
SHOOTS-Right (is left-handed)
SWEATER # -14 (wore #9 all throughout his junior carreer but when he came to Calgary it was Lanny MacDonald’s number)
DRAFTED-1987 8th round, 166th overall
Married to wife, Veronica; daughter, Tatym; sons, Josh and Beaux
Blackhawks forward Theo Fleury is under investigation by his team and the league as the result of an altercation early Sunday outside an Ohio strip club, the Chicago Tribune, citing team sources, reported Wednesday. According to a Columbus police report cited by the Columbus Dispatch, Fleury said bouncers hit him several times. A Columbus ambulance squad was summoned, but Fleury refused treatment for a cut over his left eye, the report said. Witnesses told the Dispatch that employees at Pure Platinum struck Fleury after he punched one of them as he and two other men were being thrown out of the club. The police report indicates Fleury was intoxicated, although no tests were conducted. If the league determines Fleury, who missed the season’s first 25 games for violating his substance abuse aftercare program, was intoxicated, it likely would be a further violation of that program and could result in a suspension of at least six months. The decision on such a suspension rests solely with the doctors who are monitoring him, the Tribune story said. As part of the program, Fleury, 34, is tested randomly for drugs and alcohol three times a week. The Blackhawks also have hired a friend of Fleury’s, Jim Jenkins, to be with him nearly every waking moment, the newspaper said. No charges were filed in connection with the incident. The fracas began at about 4 a.m., said several Pure Platinum dancers and employees who requested anonymity, about 3½ hours after the Blackhawks arrived in Columbus from a game in St. Louis on Saturday. One club employee said Fleury and the others had been asked to leave. “All three of them got to the door and then (Fleury) turned around and threw a punch,” one employee told the Dispatch. Fleury was cleared to return to the NHL in early December after being suspended indefinitely on Oct. 8 for violating his aftercare program.
Theo Fleury of the Chicago Blackhawks was suspended for a minimum of six months by the NHL on Friday for violating the terms of the league’s substance abuse program. He will be eligible to apply for reinstatement on Oct. 11. In January, Ohio police said the 34-year-old Fleury was intoxicated following an altercation at a Columbus strip club.
Theo Fleury, the New York Rangers’ leading scorer, has voluntarily entered an inpatient substance-abuse program and will be sidelined indefinitely. Details of the case were not revealed, but with less than six weeks left in the regular season it is unlikely that Fleury will be back to play this season. Fleury, fourth in the NHL in scoring, did not skate with the team Wednesday morning and Rangers officials, including coach Ron Low and general manager Glen Sather, met for quite a while after the pregame skate. Sports Illustrated reported that Fleury sought help from the same NHL program for an undisclosed problem after last season. Although it was the first public acknowledgment of a substance problem involving Fleury, Messier said this has happened before. “I guess relapses aren’t that uncommon for somebody that’s trying to get himself straightened out,” Messier said. Under terms of the substance-abuse and behavioral-health program run by the NHL and the players’ association, the 32-year-old Fleury will continue to receive his full salary and benefits. He will not have a penalty imposed as long as he complies with the prescribed treatment and aftercare program.
New York Rangers forward Theo Fleury threatened to retire Tuesday night if he doesn’t get the respect he feels he deserves from NHL officials. Fleury, who has 181 penalty minutes this season, picked up 12 in the final 5 minutes of the Rangers’ 4-3 loss to the New Jersey Devils. With 4:18 left, Fleury was called for tripping. He responded by slapping the puck against the boards and arguing, earning a 10-minute misconduct. After the game, Fleury insisted he’s the victim of a “personal” attack by biased officials. “I’m just really frustrated,” he said. “If I’m not allowed to play the way I know how to play then maybe it’s time to retire, hang up the blades.” Fleury’s act is wearing thin for Rangers coach Ron Low, particularly since the penalty kept Fleury off the Rangers’ power play with 1:19 remaining. Low will tell Fleury the Rangers need him “on the ice, not throwing temper tantrums every time a penalty is called against him.” Many times this season, Fleury has been taunted by fans, opposing players and even mascots. When he responded with words or actions, he’s been punished by the league. He’s insisted his persecutors took advantage of the fact Fleury spent time battling a substance abuse problem late last season, missing 20 games.
Theo Fleury was suspended indefinitely by the NHL on Tuesday for violating his substance abuse aftercare program. Fleury, 34, who has struggled with substance-abuse and anger-management problems in recent seasons, signed a two-year, $8.5-million contract with the Blackhawks on Aug. 15, following three turbulent years with the New York Rangers. Fleury reported his own aftercare program violation that occurred in the past week or so. Under the terms of the program, Fleury will not be eligible for reinstatement until cleared by the supervising doctors.