Friday, August 17, 2007

Bell speaks

Mark Bell will remember Sept. 4, 2006, for more than just the horrific, alcohol-fuelled car crash that changed his life.

It was also the day he had his last drink.

The new Maple Leafs winger, the one that trouble used to follow, says he has been living sober for the last 347 days.
There's a culture in hockey that is built around the party after the game, and while that in itself isn't a bad thing, there certainly have been more than enough incidents to suggest alcohol abuse is a problem in the NHL.

These are, for the most part, young men with little responsibility (especially in the off-season) and a lot of money, and living a dream often includes overindulgences of all kinds.
"Now, every day I wake up I realize I'm living a dream. It's taken a while for me to understand that. Now that I have, I'm going to grab it. My fun now is at the rink."
Good for him.



At 1:05 p.m., August 17, 2007, Anonymous Baroque said...

He's a lucky man that it didn't take a death for him to sober up. Not everyone gets that chance, and I'm glad that he is one of those smart enough to realize it instead of keeping going the same way he was because "no one was killed, so what's the big deal?" like some people.

At 9:12 p.m., August 17, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

But it does bring up the Bob Probert comparison; like it or not, Bob was a better player when he was drinking. What kind of a player is Bell going to be when he's sober?


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