An eerie story out of Saskatchewan from 2013 involves the family of Vancouver Canucks centre Linden Vey, as was uncovered by Jason Botchford of the Province.
Vey’s father is set to go on trial on May 24th for an alleged murder plot involving Vey’s mother.
Linden Vey’s father Curtis, according to police, was having an affair with a woman by the name of Angela Nicholson. The pair were allegedly plotting to kill Nicholson’s husband, Jim Taylor, and Curtis’ wife (Linden’s mother), Brigitte Vey.
“There was an extramarital affair, which cumulated into reasonable and probable grounds, leading to the planning of a murder,” Cpl. Rob King told Chris Purdy of the Canadian Press in a news story nearly three years ago.
More from the Canadian Press story:
Police told Taylor that Brigitte Vey tipped them to an alleged murder plot in which Vey’s wife was going to die in a house fire and Taylor would die of an overdose on Halloween.
This is a complex story and murder trials are not the expertise of this sports writer, so let’s focus on the player and person that we’re familiar with in Vancouver, Linden Vey.
This would be a life altering moment for anybody.
For Vey, it happened months before he was about to realize his dream of playing in the NHL. Less than four months after the Canadian Press story, Vey played his first NHL game with the Los Angeles Kings.
The following year, Vey was traded to the Vancouver Canucks.
Vey, by and large, has been disappointing on the ice with the Canucks for the last two seasons. “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,” Vey told The Province.
Hockey players are conditioned to never use excuses. Your star player was injured? No excuse. The ref made a bad call late in a game? No excuse.
But in this case, how can you not acknowledge this as a legitimate excuse? No player could produce optimally with something like this going on in his life.
— TSN Radio Vancouver (@TSN1040) May 11, 2016
Vey, who also got married last summer, had a disappointing preseason in 2015 and began the season in Utica. The 24-year-old centre cleared waivers in the process, but earned his way back onto the Canucks roster late in the season.
He finished the year with 15 points (4-11-15) in 41 NHL games.
With Vey set to become a restricted free agent this summer, his future with the Canucks is up in the air. He’ll turn 25 before the season begins, and time is running out for him to prove that he is an everyday NHL player. But regardless of what happens to him professionally, it will pale in comparison to what he has and will have to go through personally.