Retired NHL star Theoren Fleury says it's common sense that his junior hockey coach should get jail time for sexually abusing him when he was a teenage player.
But Fleury also says he's already moved on — no matter what happens to Graham James in court.
James is to appear at a sentencing hearing in Winnipeg on Wednesday. He pleaded guilty via video link in December to repeated sexual assaults against two former junior players: one of them Fleury and another who cannot be named because of a court-ordered publication ban.
The Crown and defence will make their sentence recommendations. The hearing will also allow the victims to be heard.
Gaunce, who said he tries to model his game after Selke Trophy finalist Jordan Staal of the Pittsburgh Penguins, said he takes as much pride in preventing goals as he does in scoring them.
"That's one thing I learned from a young age from a couple coaches," Gaunce said. "If you can't play defense you're not going to play in the NHL."
Also helping Gaunce learn lessons like that has been his older brother, Cameron, a Colorado Avalanche prospect currently playing with the club's AHL affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters.
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"He said when you’re finished playing hockey, either stay in the game or completely break away from it. Pull yourself away from the game for two or three years and get some other career going and build confidence in it, then you can come back to hockey if you want," Kirton said. "Where a lot of guys get into trouble is they get caught with one foot dragging back into the game and the other into a new career and they never fulfill that new career.
"You do need to have something to fall back on, although the money pro athletes make these days makes it a bit easier when it’s over. But if I didn’t have real estate, I wouldn’t have a clue as to what I would be doing now."