Vancouver Canucks forward Linden Vey said that “everybody has something to go through.”
But not everyone is facing a situation like this.
Vey grew up in a town of fewer than 1,000 people, was coached by his father at an early age and is close to his family. Now, Vey’s father — Curtis — is set to go to trail on charges of conspiracy to murder his wife.
Curtis and Angela Nicholson, who is also being accused of conspiracy to kill her spouse, were allegedly having an affair. Police claim that the plan was for Curtis to kill his wife in a house fire while Angela’s husband would have died of a drug overdose.
The two were charged in 2013. Their trial is scheduled for May 24.
This was unknown to the public at large until Tuesday when Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province published his article about it. As Botchford told PHT’s Mike Halford and Jason Brough in an interview on TSN 1040, he waited until the season was over to release the story, partly because the rink has been Vey’s sanctuary.
Had this story come out during the season, he would have likely been confronted about it often.
Still, it’s hard not to look at the 24-year-old Canucks forward who has been struggling to establish himself in the NHL over the past few years and wonder how much of what he’s had to go through has impacted his professional life.
“It’s a tough situation for me,” Vey told The Province. “Sometimes, when you have something like that weighing on your mind, it’s tough to be super focused.
“But I do have a great family and support system.”