Fury: Inside the Life of Theoren Fleury
On one level, this is the personal story of Theoren Fleury, the diminutive captain of the NHL's Calgary Flames. On another level, this book examines ... Show synopsis On one level, this is the personal story of Theoren Fleury, the diminutive captain of the NHL's Calgary Flames. On another level, this book examines how a pro athlete comes to be famous, and what it means. It is a story about commercialism fed by adulation, about power and riches and the presumed and real virtues of the star players who acquire them. On yet another level it is about what Ken Dryden called simply "The Game". Theoren Fleury received global recognition during the 1996 World Cup of Hockey by almost single-handedly winning two games for Canada and then by playing in his first All-Star Game the following winter. Physically, at 5'6" and 160 pounds, Fleury is the smallest player in the NHL, yet, so intense is he, so quick, so skilled at faking and scoring, and so undaunted by the over 400 pounds of onrushing defencemen that routinely bar his way, that his star credentials are unquestioned. He is now a millionaire. He is also an intriguing combination of country boy, quick-witted city kid, ruthless pro athlete, father and family man, and reluctant, soft-spoken but sharp-tongued media hero.