Canadian hockey star Theo Fleury is bringing his motivational message to Petrolia.
Fleury – formerly of the Calgary Flames, Colorado Avalanche, New York Rangers and Chicago Blackhawks – was the first person to speak out about being sexually abused by a former coach. His account of it Playing with Fire is a best seller. He’s now a tireless advocate for mental health.
Town officials recently read about Fleury’s appearance in Timmins and contacted him to see what it would take to bring his motivational message of hope and moving forward through obstacles to Petrolia. He’s set to come to Victoria Playhouse Petrolia on April 6 at 6pm.
“Theo’s story is truly inspirational and encouraging,” says Mayor John McCharles in a news release. He’s encouraging families to come out to the event to hear the message of hope which reflects “change is possible and quitting isn’t an option.”
Fleury will also make an appearance at a student special assembly at LCCVI in the afternoon .
Tickets for the event are $20 and available at the VPP Box Office Feb. 1. Money raised from the event will benefit the Nicol Scholarship Foundation, Petrolia Minor Hockey and mental health education in Petrolia.