Theo Fleury files complaint against former Junior Coach

http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=4829306

Throughout his career in the NHL, former Calgary Flames star Theo Fleury was in the news for several reasons. Fleury was one of the best in the NHL for a long time but often showed up in news reports for incidents related to his problems with drugs and alcohol. Fleury’s name has been in the news lately, however, this time it’s for a complaint he filed against a former coach.

Fleury recently filed a complaint with Winnipeg police claiming he was sexually abused by Graham James, who was his junior hockey coach. Police are now investigating what Fleury claims took place several times over a span of two years in the 1980s.

In his 2009 autobiography Playing With Fire, Fleury first exposed that James sexually abused him over a period of two years and had been contemplating a criminal complaint against his former junior hockey coach. Fleury claims the incidents forced him to turn to alcohol as a way to cope with the trauma caused by the events.

This is not the first time in which James has been in the news for sexually abusing players. In 1996, then NHLer Sheldon Kennedy revealed James sexually abused him in junior hockey and in 1997, James was convicted of sexual assault. James was sentenced to three and a half years in prison and was eventually released.

James could no longer coach in Canada  upon his release due to a lifetime ban from the Canadian Hockey Association and was supposedly coaching in Spain during 2006.

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~ by jeffrsabo on January 15, 2010.

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