The story I chose to share for this week is about a sports organization that is giving a second (perhaps a third, who’s counting) chance to a troubled former player. I know there are a lot of folks out there who aren’t interested in sports, so I’ll try to go to keep it brief.
In the early 1990s, Kevin Stevens was the National Hockey League’s best power forward. In other words, big powerful high scoring key player. He played with my favorite team, The Pittsburgh Penguins when they won the Stanley Cup in 1991 and again in 1992. If he hadn’t been injured during the playoffs in 1993, the Penguins might have won the Cup three years in a row. “Injured” is an understatement. As the article says:
“When doctors peeled the skin down from Stevens’ forehead, they looked at all the broken bones and compared the damage to someone stepping on a potato chip. They put in metal plates during a 4½-hour surgery, rolled the skin back up and needed more than 100 stitches to secure it.”
Stevens never really fully recovered. After another season with the Pens, he bounced from franchise to franchise, alcohol to pain-killers, addiction to criminal behavior. At the low point in 2016, he was standing in front of a judge who took pity on him and sentenced him to three years’ probation with a $10,000 fine, instead of one-to-three years in prison.
Penguins owner Mario Lemieux agreed to bring Stevens back, to work with young players, to share his story and inform them about the dangers of addiction. You can read the whole story, here.
We read about sports stars who fall into trouble, all too often. We rarely read anything after their antics cease to be newsworthy. I hope Kevin Stevens can make his way back, and I applaud the Penguins organization for giving him the chance.
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