CBC's The Fifth Estate airing updated broadcast about Theo Fleury

With news that a Canada-wide arrest warrant has been issued for convicted sex offender and former junior hockey coach Graham James, the fifth estate presents an updated broadcast of The Fall and Rise of Theo Fleury, containing new details and footage. It airs Friday, Oct. 22, at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT), on CBC Television.

Originally broadcast in October 2009, Theo Fleury’s candid and emotional conversation with host Bob McKeown marked the first time the star hockey player and current star of Battle of the Blades went on the record to talk about the dark secrets that haunted him during his glory years in the NHL and the staggering fall from grace that cost him millions of dollars, his family and almost, his life.

Fleury relates his deeply personal story of pain in struggling with James’ exploitation, and his struggle back from the brink of despair to become clean and sober and ready to help others.

In 1997, Graham James pled guilty to sexual offences against other junior hockey players he had coached, and was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison. In a move that outraged many Canadians, James was pardoned in 2007, and went into hiding. the fifth estate’s Bob McKeown tracked James down to Mexico earlier this year to confront him about the ongoing allegations of sexual abuse against Fleury and other junior hockey players.

Executive producer of the fifth estate is Jim Williamson. CBC News Network rebroadcasts the fifth estate Sundays, at 7 p.m. ET; and Tuesdays, at 10 p.m. ET/PT. 

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