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  • Rich Clune and the addiction of hockey culture (Puck Daddy Interview)

    Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy22 hrs ago

    Rich Clune’s story is also one of addiction and mental health awareness. The unrestricted forward has been sober for five years now and wears it like a badge of honor. And he’s gone to great lengths to keep it that way.

    In the 2012-13 season with Nashville he got elbowed in the face and hurt his jaw. Instead of taking painkillers he took ibuprofen because was important for him to not trigger any addictive thoughts in his head.

    “I had this nasty cut that wouldn’t heal and essentially my skin was just like pulling away from my jawbone,” he said.

    Clune believes that life is about decisions. You either decide to make your existence better, or you don’t.

    “Everyone has their own cross to bear and I think it’s OK to ask for help but ultimately you’re in charge of your own reality,” he said.

    Clune has a lot of thoughts and many interests. He’s a hockey fighter along the lines of the current-day skilled enforcer. But he’s a deep thinker.

    Ask about hockey culture and he brings up sociology studies.

    Clune is currently living in Los Angeles. He’s working out, reading, writing and taking acting classes. He’s also trying to find that next contract. In spite of his role as a fighter, he can play.

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