Theo Fleury Should Be in the Hall of Fame
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11-12-2012, 06:08 PM
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I am strongly in favour of Theo making the Hall of Fame.
- PPG over his career, with more impressive top-10 finishes than Sundin
- Excellent international player with a Gold Medal in the WJC, CC, and Olympics as well as a silver in the IHWC and WCH.
- Arguably the best small player of all-time, played with the kind of heart and grit that exemplifies excellence in hockey
- After his retirement dedicated his life to helping children who face the same issues he did, molestation and addiction, especially in hockey. The disgraceful way he left the game in 2003 would have been my only quarrel I had with his induction, but since 2009 the way he's turned his life around has been an inspiration and I think the capper on a HHoF career.
People forget that it's the Hockey Hall of Fame, not the Hockey Hall of Stats. That said, he does have the stats to back him up,
and his PPG and final point totals are cut down by his addiction problems throughout the last couple years
That may very well be true, but you can't change history or speculate on what might have been. It's the same argument that got Cam Neely in the Hall of Fame, and I've never bought that one. Likewise, Paul Kariya looked like a dandy until the first couple of bell-ringings. Eric Lindros can buy a ticket if he wants admission, too.
On a side note, I absolutely loathed Fleury as a player, which is a complement to what a dandy he was. I have rooted for him since he was with the Backhawks, I have also been told by sources very close to him at his lowest that he is a lovely guy.
I must say that when I watched his movie recently, I don't really believe he owns up fully to the **** he caused to the lives of others. That doesn't in any way take away from what he suffered himself, or diminish the way that hockey and so many people failed the poor kid. I do think he reverts pretty quickly to the victim when it is time to fess up to his own misdoings. That said, he is 50000% better than his parents, who seemed like the world's worst pair for accountability.
Anyway, didn't mean to ramble. Fleury was a beauty of a hockey player, and it really is too bad that we don't know what else he could have accomplished. But like the rest of us, he played the cards he was dealt and probably could have played em a little better.
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