Theo Fleury vis­it­ing to speak with hockey com­mu­nity

Fort McMurray Today - - LOCAL NEWS - LAURA BEAMISH To­day Staff [email protected]­

Re­tired NHL player and Olympic gold medal­ist Theo Fleury will be in Fort Mcmur­ray Tues­day to speak and of­fer sup­port after a lo­cal hockey coach was charged with lur­ing a child, sex­ual as­sault and sex­ual ex­ploita­tion on Mon­day. The re­ported in­ci­dents al­legedly oc­curred this past year when ac­cused Steven Charles James, 31, was a vol­un­teer coach with the Fort Mcmur­ray Mi­nor Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion.

Fleury, a sur­vivor of sex­ual abuse him­self, has been a strong ad­vo­cate and voice for those who have been sex­u­ally abused.

When Fleury was re­cruited to play ju­nior hockey in Win­nipeg at 13, he said his coach Gra­ham James sex­u­ally abused him for two and a half years.

On Mon­day, Fleury reached out to the com­mu­nity, say­ing he would be avail­able, free of charge, to speak with the sur­vivors.


Theo Fleury speaks at the 2018 Vic­tor Walk in Fort Mcmur­ray, Alta. on July 17, 2018.

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