2. Playing With Fire by Theo Fleury
If you want a deep – often disconcerting – look at what life off the ice was like for a famous NHLer, look no further. Fleury’s book discusses his upbringing in a less-than-wealthy home and takes us into his NHL days, where he was forced to deal with dark, personal issues and spiraled into a world of drugs, alcohol, gambling and much more. This book is very raw, brutally honest and realistic and it’s one that I recommend any hockey fan – or person – reads. This book isn’t about hockey, but about the personal struggles and issues that Theo Fleury dealt with during his NHL career.