Theoren Fleury is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player for
the Calgary Flames, Colorado Avalanche, New York Rangers and Chicago
Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL), Tappara of the
SM-liiga, and the Belfast Giants of the Elite Ice Hockey League. One of
the smallest players of his generation, Fleury played a physical style
that often led to altercations; he was at the centre of the infamous
Punch-up in Piestany, a brawl that resulted in the disqualification of
Canada and the Soviet Union from the 1987 World Junior Ice Hockey
Championships. He was selected 166th overall by the Flames in the 1987
draft and played over 1,000 NHL games between 1989 and 2003. A
seven-time all-star, Fleury scored over 1,000 points in his NHL career
and won the Stanley Cup with the Flames in 1989. He twice represented
Canada at the Winter Olympics, winning a gold medal in 2002. He battled
drug and alcohol addictions throughout his career, and in his 2009
autobiography Playing with Fire made allegations that he had been
sexually abused by former coach Graham James. Since overcoming his
addictions, Fleury has become a businessman, played two professional
baseball games for the Calgary Vipers and embarked on a career as a
motivational speaker encouraging sexual abuse victims to speak out.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Second Crusade: An army led by Nur ad-Din Zangi destroyed the forces of
Antioch led by Prince Raymond in the Battle of Inab.
Albanians led by Skanderbeg scored a resounding victory in their
rebellion against the Ottoman Empire in the Battle of Torvioll.
In one of the greatest upsets in sporting history, the United States
defeated England during the 1950 FIFA World Cup.
Isabel Perón was sworn in as the first female President of Argentina,
replacing her ill husband Juan Perón, who died two days later.
The European Economic Community adopted the Flag of Europe , a flag
previously adopted by the Council of Europe in 1955.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
To pay or discharge (a debt, expense etc.); to meet (the cost of
Wikiquote quote of the day:
What though our eyes with tears be wet?
The sunrise never failed us yet.
The blush of dawn may yet restore
Our light and hope and joy once more.
Sad soul, take comfort, nor forget
That sunrise never failed us
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