Is he considered to be one of the best Flames players ever?
What do you guys remember of him?
How would you guys describe his playing style?
Would he have a impact in todays NHL?
1. Yes, I think the vast majority would have Fleury as one of the top 3 Flames of all time and pretty much a guarantee to be top 5.
2. I think the most prevalent memory for almost anyone is the 1991 playoffs and his overtime goal in Edmonton to force game 7 in which his goal celebration became iconic. My 2nd strongest memory is crying when he was traded to Colorado.
3. He IMO is the premiere pest in NHL history. He would get under anyone and everyone's skin with his yapping and hacking. But unlike pests of today (Burrows I am look at you), he never turtled or backed down, he would come at guys like he stood 6'6 and did so while being a top offensive player in the league.
4. Definitely. Fleury would be a force in today's NHL. He may not have been quite as skilled as Gaudreau but his style of play would have allowed him to be just as productive while being a top penalty killer and drawing a ton of penalties.
I'll add this, if you think of Fleury, cross Gallagher and Gaudreau, and you have Theo. My favourite Flame of all time. That man has lived through hell, I have never related to an athlete like I have him.
I took a date to one of Fleury's preseason comeback games (the one where he scored in the shootout to win it). I really liked her, but turned out she was an Oilers fan - points deducted but not enough to turn me off her.
After Fleury played an amazing game and scored the shootout goal, I was on my feet cheering and clapping and I looked down and she wasn't even clapping, said she refused to even though what happened was special. Never spoke to her again.
I was a kid in the 90's while watching Fleury as a Flame. He was certainly my all time favorite Flame. It's just too bad he had his personal problems otherwise he would be in the hall of fame for sure. He would dominate today's NHL.
Fleury made this comment and I agree. He was asked "how great do you think you would have been had you not gone through the things you had endured earlier in life". His response was, "Well I think I was pretty great as it is". I think all the adversity he faced is exactly what made him so great. If he didn't go through what he did, I don't think he would have had the fire and passion that he did.
I was involved with him a lot when he was part owner of the Calgary Hitmen and I found him a thoughtful ,nice person.
I've run into him since and my opinion hasn't changed.
*shrug* different experiences tend to have different impressions.
I met him when he was a concrete owner and coaching in the playon tournament back in 09 or 2010.
I couldn't believe how verbally abusive he was to not only the volunteer ref that was probably only 16/17 years old (basically a kid whom he made cry) but his own kids and he encouraged cheapshotting throughout the entire weekend (in the few games we watched of his team). Didn't shake hands after games nor did his kid team and was berating them even after the games had ended.
I remember watching him in the WJC and him standing out (not the punch out game). I used to play Blades of Steel, and always made my guys small to be Theo.
I remember looking up his stats in THN, and seeing his unreal #'s for Salt Lake (our farm team at the time).
I remember one of his first televised games for the Flames, he got highsticked, and collapsed to the ice, his legs kicking while he was holding his face. I was legit worried he lost an eye...then after the 5 min is called he gets up and skates to the bench just fine. That was Theo.
I read his book 3 years ago and it was second best hockey book to me (after Bob Probert's). Shamefully, I gave this book away as a present to certain winner of our fantasy league couple of years back.
I would read that book with a pleasure again!
I remember a part when he wanted to break certain record but one of his knees was missing few ligaments to hold it all together and that crazy little man went against the odds and doctors, just taped that knee with a duct tape,,,,and scored a brace or a hattrick
Very inspiring character indeed, would want to meet him in real life- that's for sure.
Shame he wasn't given a chance after that crazy good pre-camp when in late 30s/early 40s..I was rooting for him badly!