[Devils-list] Stephane Richer
Wed, 11 Apr 2001 20:11:26 -0400
Former Dev Stephane Richer was on "Arcand", a weekly one-on-one interview
show on French network TVA tonight, and he was very candid, much more so
than he had been for most of his career.
Richer admitted that he is currently undergoing psychiatric therapy to deal
with depression; he said that even during his glory days in the NHL he had
never really felt happy, with hockey or with his life in general. At times,
he said he would just go through the motions on the ice.
He also admitted to having been suicidal at various times in his life. He
said that he is overly sensitive, letting too many things affect him
emotionally to the point where it would distract him on the ice.
He also squashed rumours that he is gay... his sexual preference had long
been in the Montreal rumour mill. He said his bachelorhood was due mostly to
not really knowing to love someone. He ended by saying that he regretted not
finding help sooner, it probably would have changed a lot of things about
Interesting stuff... it was common knowledge in Montreal that Richer was
something of a head case, so it was eye-opening to hear his story in his own
words. Hopefully things work out for him... his hockey career was short of
what it could have been, so maybe he can make the most out of life after
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