Documentary explores the depths of an All-Star addiction
In the early 1990s, Kevin Stevens was one of the NHL’s most feared scorers. He tallied 54 goals in the 1991-92 season, played alongside the likes of Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr, and won a pair of Stanley Cup titles.
Then he suffered a gruesome facial injury in 1993 – only months after that first taste of cocaine, he recalled – that started him on the path of painkillers and opiates.
It turned into a 25-year spiral that nearly robbed Stevens of everything he held dear. “Addiction just takes and takes and takes,” Stevens said. “It gives you a lot of shame, a lot of guilt. When I’m in that addiction part of it, it’s really, really hard to get out of it.”
Stevens, 52, opened up about his drug use in a video that includes interviews from friends, family and several former teammates, including Rick Tocchet, head coach of the Arizona Coyotes, and Mario Lemieux, who co-owns the Penguins.
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