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Miroslav Frycer
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Hockey Player
    His nicknames were Mirko and Miko.
    He began smoking at the age of 12 and continued well into his playing career.
    He struggled with alcohol dependency issues.
    He continued to smoke and drink heavily, even after a life saving liver transplant.
    He was married three times and divorced twice.
    He choked his head coach, John Brophy in a fit of rage, which played a key factor in his trade to Detroit.
    He was one of the first Czechoslovakian players to sign with an NHL team.
    He, along with his family risked their lives defecting from Czechoslovakia to Canada by way of Switzerland.
    He was one of the few bright spots on a poor Maple Leafs team during the Harold Ballard era.
    He was one of the first players to adapt the skill approach to the NHL, at a time when the game was centered around the physical and puglistic approaches.
    He earned an All-Star appearance as a member of the Leafs (1985).
    He wasn't afraid to speak his mind following his defection to North America.
    He defied a long set of odds and survived a liver transplant, despite the fact he never gave up his personal vices.
    Despite his acrimonious departure from the Maple Leafs, he spoke highly of the city and the team's fanbase, and continued to follow the team's games.

Credit: Ricky


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