‘Hockey Tonk’ Theo Fleury takes stage with Death Valley Rebels

Ex NHL player turned country singer Theo Fleury chats on his life, his struggles and how he survived.

Theo Fleury will take to the stage this Saturday with the Death Valley Rebels.

Theo Fleury will take to the stage this Saturday with the Death Valley Rebels.

A man who has been through many ups and downs, struggles and success has made it through to the other end — and helps others do the same.

Theo Fleury, whom many might know as a former professional hockey player and Olympic gold-medal winner, author and motivational speaker, is today plying his trade as a country music singer.

From a small town in Saskatchewan, Fleury will be in Sidney this Saturday, March 12, to debut his latest album, I Am Who I Am, which will give the audience a raw look into his struggles and his life experience.

Fleury told the PNR that country music, and music in general, has always been a big part of his life.

“My grandfather was a fiddle player, my dad was an entertainer, my uncle was an entertainer and so music and country music was and always has been a huge part of my life,” he said.

From writing about his life in songs and in books, Fleury said he discovered that his experience, which he felt at the time was uncommon, is actually the most common experience people have in life.

“And so by me writing about it or singing about it, I know that I’m telling other people’s stories,” he said.

So how did Fleury get through the hard times?

“Well I would say in the beginning I gravitated to the dark side like everybody else. And a lot of us who have experienced childhood trauma are left with a lot of emotional pain and scars from that experience … so we use alcohol and drugs and all these things to cope with the emotional pain and scars that are left behind,” he said.

But that slowly began to shift and something he is most proud of is his sobriety.

“I’ve been sober for 10-and-a-half years and each day my life gets better and better … so I just have this incredible life.”

That life today, he explained, has nothing to do with hockey.

“For so many years I was identified by hockey, and now that’s totally shifting into a whole new direction and a whole new life and I think that’s what’s really cool.”

For Fleury, one of his earliest memories involved music.

“Sitting beside my grandfather, listening to him play the fiddle, was one of my earliest and fondest memories I have.

“And I’m a Metis person,” he added. “And if you know anything about Metis people, music is part of our DNA.”

It was in 2009 when he published his memoir that he really decided to focus on music and share his story.

“I’ve had over 500,000 people since 2009 say ‘me too’ to me, either indirectly or directly. So that’s where the inspiration comes from, is from other people,” he said.

Fleury is touring with the Death Valley Rebels. He said he met one of the band members back in his drinking and partying days.

After his tour, he will continue playing music along with taking part in his many speaking engagements on leadership, teamwork, overcoming obstacles, trauma, the list goes on.

For information on tickets for this Saturday’s show, call  The Mary Winspear Centre at 250-656-0275.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Cindy Foggit plays the lead role of Eliza in Passion and Performance’s film production Eliza: An Adaption of a Christmas Carol. (Courtesy of Rachel Paish)
Victoria adult dance studio releases modern adaption of A Christmas Carol

Instead of usual stage performance, dance studio turns to film

Braden Holtby’s new mask designed in collaboration with Luke Marston and David Gunnarsson. (Mike Wavrecan photo)
Vancouver Island Coast Salish artist unveils new mask for Canucks goalie

Braden Holtby’s new mask features artwork by Luke Marston inspired by the legend of the seawolf

Comox-based cinematographer Maxwel Hohn’s new documentary captures the lives of Vancouver Island’s coastal wolves. Photo courtesy Maxwel Hohn.
New mini-documentary shot on Vancouver Island echoes the ‘call of the coastal wolves’

Photography heavyweights from B.C. come together for Maxwel Hohn’s second wildlife documentary

The 2021 Victoria Film Festival includes Vancouver Island produced feature film All-in Madonna. The festival looks a bit different this year, but film-lovers can still expect a full and diverse lineup. (Courtesy of VFF)
Victoria Film Festival returns with virtual viewing

Lineup features 50 films including Vancouver Island-produced All-in Madonna

Joy Sharpe holds a picture of her late husband Ray while posing for a photograph with the Sybil Andrews painting ‘hauling’ before donating it to the Campbell River Hospice Society. (Submitted photo)
$6 painting turned into $10,000 charity windfall

A 1952 original Sybil Andrews painting donation fetches Campbell River Hospice Society a nice return

Dr. John Hooper is the new conductor of Island Voices. Photo supplied
Island Voices welcomes new conductor

Dr. John Hooper to lead mid-Island based choir

Jorie Benjamin does a modern dance performance to ‘La Vie en rose’ by Édith Piaf, Louis Gugliemi and Marguerite Monnot, choreographed by Elise Sampson during the Cowichan Music Festival’s Highlights Concert at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre on March 1, 2020. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Cowichan Music Festival cancelled for 2021

The festival had already been limited to solo performances only for 2021

<em>Chinook Salmon: Breaking Through</em> by B.C.’s Mark Hobson was selected among 13 entries as the winner of the Pacific Salmon Foundation’s Salmon Stamp Competition.
Stained-glass lighting casts a win to B.C. salmon artist

Painting of chinook is Mark Hobson’s third win in annual contest

Apollonian means “serene, calm, or well-balanced; poised & disciplined”. The natural photo art for the album includes Vancouver Island mountains, rivers and beaches. Scenes from the Cowichan River, Witchcraft Lake, Pipers Lagoon, Wall Beach and other popular Island recreation destinations accentuate the album. (RICHIErichieRichie Music Publishing photo)
Serenity Now! Richie Valley debuts third LP dubbed Apollonian

Apollonian means “serene, calm, or well-balanced; poised & disciplined”

Victoria artist Noah Layne is conducting online workshops on portrait drawing as part of the Metchosin ArtPod’s About Face portrait show. (Photo courtesy of Noah Layne)
Metchosin Art Pod doing an about-face

Renowned artist Noah Layne hosting online classes in portrait drawing

This weekend Amy Pye is holding a virtual book launch for her latest children’s book, <em>Bruce the Silly Goose</em>. (Photo courtesy Amy Pye)
Victoria writer and illustrator pens children’s book about COVID-19 safety

Amy Pye to hold online book launch for ‘Bruce the Silly Goose’

The pantomime ‘Snow White and the 5 Dwarfs’ has been cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions. (Submitted)
Pantomime cancelled in Cowichan due to COVID restrictions

A partnership of the Cowichan Musical Society, the Shawnigan Players, and the Mercury Players.

A rendering shows the entrance planned for the Hornby Island Arts Centre. Image supplied
Work on Hornby Island Arts Centre to start this month

Community worked with award-winning architectural firm on design

Most Read