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Brigitte Vey and her son, Canucks player Linden Vey

When Linden Vey called the past two seasons the worst of his career, he was speaking only about his experiences on the ice.

But when you learn about his story, the one that has engulfed his family since 2013, it becomes impossible to separate what's unfolded off it.

As Vey has struggled to establish his NHL career, he has been balancing far bigger issues and he's hoping his family will soon get closure.

On May 24, his father Curtis Vey is to go on trial with co-accused Angela Nicholson. The pair have been charged with conspiracy to murder their spouses.

"Every player deals with certain distractions in their life, challenges," said Canucks president Trevor Linden. "I think that's normal. I don't think there has ever been a player who has dealt with something like this."

Because of the case’s explosive allegations, the story shook small-town Saskatchewan in 2013 when Curtis and Nicholson, both in their early 50s, were charged.

Mandatory credit: Global Saskatoon Saskatchewan farmer Jim Taylor's farm ( west of Melfort) Angela Nicholson of Melfort and Curtis Vey of Wakaw, both 49, are charged with conspiring to commit murder. For a Jason Botchford story [PNG Merlin Archive]
Saskatchewan farmer Jim Taylor's farm west of Melfort. Angela Nicholson of Melfort and Curtis Vey of Wakaw, both 49, are charged with conspiring to commit murder. Image courtesy Global Saskatoon.

Police alleged the pair were having an affair, and the plan was to kill Curtis's wife, Brigitte, in a house fire, while Jim Taylor, Nicholson's husband, was going to die of a drug overdose.

Defence attorney Ron Piche said 22 witnesses are scheduled to testify.

"It changes your life," Vey said. "Your life is a certain way for so many years and all of a sudden, you wake up one day and it's totally different.

"But I'm not going to sit here and say it's part of the reason I've had two of the worst seasons of my career."

The idea that Vey, who is very well liked in the Canucks room, can't use what's happened to explain why he hasn't been a more successful hockey player is a sentiment shared by several people who are part of his team, including the coaching staff.

It is a hard, difficult truth for a borderline NHL player, trying to carve out a career, and one who was disappointingly cut in the fall before going unclaimed on waivers.

"I didn't have a very good training camp," Vey acknowledged. "I thought it got better when I got called up. I think I started playing a little bit better.

"It's a tough situation for me. 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.

"I try not to focus on it too much. Any time it's a family matter, you try to keep it as private as you can.

"Everybody has something to go through. Life is never easy."

Vancouver Canucks' Linden Vey, right, passes around St. Louis Blues' Kyle Brodziak during the first period of an NHL hockey game Friday, March 25, 2016, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
"Sometimes, when you have something like that weighing on your mind, it's tough to be super focused," said Linden Vey.

Linden said that through it all, Vey has functioned as "normally as could be expected."

"I think the guys around the room, and the coaches, never saw any evidence of it coming to the surface," Linden said. "You can only imagine what was going on inside of him."

The Canucks learned about the case after trading a second-round draft pick for Vey in 2014.

"What was important to us was making sure he got the help he needed," Linden said.

"I think coming to the rink has been a bit of a sanctuary for him. Once you walk in those doors, it's actually a bit of a blessing. He had his teammates around him and could have a real focus.

"I think it's probably harder when you leave and you go back into what is, quote, normal life again."

For a few years now, there has been nothing normal about Vey's life.

Several people close to him said he has stayed supportive of his father, who coached him until he was in peewee hockey. Vey grew up on a large farm in Wakaw, Sask., a town with a population of less than 1,000.

There was even some consideration given to bringing Curtis Vey on one of the Canucks' official fathers' trips.

"I don't talk to him a whole lot, but I do here and there," Vey said. "It's a tough situation. We were a super close family."

When Curtis and Nicholson were first charged, Nicholson's husband was outspoken about the case.

Taylor told Postmedia News then that Curtis was their financial adviser and co-signed cheques. Taylor revealed he had been estranged from his wife when the alleged plot took shape.

Vey has two siblings.

"My mother and I are super close," Vey said. "She came on the mothers' trip with me and she comes out quite a bit.

"My family — my brother and my sister — we're all tight. This is a time where we need to stick together as much as possible now."

The trial was originally slated to begin in the fall of 2014, a date that would have been during the hockey season and obviously far more complicated for Vey.

With it slated to start now in his off-season, Vey can be home with his family in Saskatchewan.

"As much as it is me involved, it's more about my parents' situation," Vey said. "I will be there to support my mother.

"Our family is going to do its best to find its way through it."

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2 minutes ago, Bur14Kes17 said:

Prayers to Vey and his family as they recover from this..

I think it's time we all cut Linden some slack.. No one could perform to their potential through that. 


One thing to find out your parent are having an affair and most likely getting divorced but gosh what this kid has gone through in the last 2years. All with dealing to perform at a high level and lead the charge in a very tough hockey market.


I feel ashamed of the hate I put on him now. 

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Just now, Bur14Kes17 said:

It's an article that was written in the Province and I don't think anyone is here to gossip about it but rather to express their sympathy and show their support for Linden. 



The rule posted is usually meant to prevent threads such as "Who is the best-looking Canuck?" or "Which Canuck has the hottest wife/girlfriend". This thread is meant to cover a news article concerning a major event in a player's life. The Patrick Kane sexual assault investigation thread was allowed to stay open for this reason, for example.


In any event, hopefully there will be a peaceful resolution for Vey an his family. Hard to imagine how it feels like to be put through something like this.

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I actually still like Vey. He's got a lot of work to do but there's potential there. He and Etem as a tandem were creating a lot of scoring chances together but couldn't really pot many goals. He brings some versatility to the lineup too, and can play a decent game on almost any line.


Willie should try him on the RW with Horvat and Etem. Could be a strong two-way line that can create turnovers in the offensive and neutral zones and score some goals. 

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What a difficult situation for Vey. Must have been incredibly difficult to know those kind of malice thoughts and intentions lived inside someone you love and trusted. 


I have always been a Vey supporter and will continue to do so regardless of the outcome of next year. Hopefully with the resolution of this conflict he will be able to focus on his game and come back and make a impression on the team next year. I still think this kid has a ton of talent and can make an impact on the NHL. 

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