• Thu. Jun 30th, 2022

Letters: Every young hockey player should read Leovold’s story

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Re: Hockey, heroin, homelessness and hope: the long road back for a young PoCo

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Just a quick note on the story written by Dan Fumano about Brady Leovold and his life after hockey. I showed this story to my AAA hockey grandson who said he had seen it before through his coaches. It’s so important that stories like this are read by young hockey players because too many parents and players these days seem locked into creating the NHL without realizing the time, money and how lucky it really is to get there. In the Greater Vancouver area, we are very much aware of the growth of the hockey academy and the recent WHL Bantam Draft is proof enough that the hockey academy route provides more certainty of hockey success.

I know a few NHL veterans and life after hockey is a very difficult adjustment if hockey is all you know. Brady’s story and his willingness to share his experiences as well as his struggle to get away from hockey is truly an inspiration and a testament to his character. I can only hope his story can be shared by all minor hockey associations across Canada.

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Stories like this highlight to me the power of print media in the era of Donald Trump and his fake news. Hopefully the lessons learned will help parents and players alike as they pursue the most unattainable goal these days of playing in the NHL without having to bankrupt themselves first on hockey academies as well as hockey tournaments and spring/summer hockey now mandatory who are going to make it to the NHL.

Grant Dorosh, (hockey grandfather), Stony Plain, Alta.

Hockey Player Leavold’s Incredibly Honest Story Is Inspirational

Journalist Dan Fumano wrote an incredibly honest, up close and personal story about Brady’s descent into drug addiction. Masking his emotional pain with illicit drugs and descending into the lower levels of hell itself. His father, Brian Leavold, searches for him among the fallen bodies of the Downtown Eastside in search of answers. Hats off to Brian Leavold for keeping faith under the worst possible odds.

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Ultimately, love and redemption were found at the end of darkness. There are scars that cannot be painted over, only examined and tested.

Dan Fumano deserves recognition for this bold and important story. Write more like this. Shine a light. Tell the truth.

Mike Pearson, Vancouver

Vancouver Sun poll article divides and is wrong

Re: Popularity plummets for Dr. Bonnie Henry, Adrian Dix: Poll

This note is written to express my disappointment and annoyance that the Vancouver Sun is emphasizing whether or not a health metric is popular. Surely the journal could write about background elements of COVID rather than that? Asking that the health worker’s concern should be how a health measure questions, what is the best option given current knowledge, is something we see happening in Florida. It’s really misguided.

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After enduring the flood of opinions and media attacks from the United States, one would expect the Canadian media to have learned that this race to the bottom is not leading to good things. Yes, I understand that controversy brings “clicks” and advertising funds. Unfortunately, it also creates divisions.

Please do better than that.

William Brown, Ladysmith

Thanks Pete McMartin for helping us laugh

Re: Dear Pete, a little advice here, please

Pete McMartin’s advice for Navigating Life in the New Normal (Saturday, January 15) was a much-needed bit of levity as we approach year three of a tedious and costly public health and sociopolitical crisis (global ).

The timely questions of “Uncertain,” “Intimidated,” “Shy,” and “Fearful” and your ironic responses remind us all of some of the irrational and counterproductive behaviors we can fall into. Our health officials and, more importantly, politicians have inadvertently misled many people into converting their fear and ignorance into discriminatory and hateful reactions.

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The (remaining) unvaccinated among us, including many children caught in the crossfire, are fellow Canadians, with a variety of motivations for their hesitation, similar to those of the vaccinated.

Once the pandemic is behind us, there will be many healings needed to repair the damage done to our family and community relationships, among other casualties.

Thank you again for helping us have a little laugh during a painful and difficult time.

Dale and Edna Peters, Abbotsford


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