Three days after winning the Cup, Fleury showed a side that nearly caused one of his dearest Pittsburgh friends to do a spit-take. Michael Hornick, a Caldwell Banker agent, sold Fleury his Moon Township home and attends to it when Fleury and LaRosee return to Sorel during the offseason.
"I went over to collect the keys; we’re talking about a few things as ‘Vero’ says she is taking their dog, Lilly, out," Hornick said. "Next thing I know, Vero is running back into the house, screaming something in French, and she runs back outside after grabbing something from the kitchen drawer. Fleury and (Penguins defenseman Kris) Letang leap off the couch, and all I see are shorts and flip-flips in front of me. I thought there was an emergency."
Hornick stepped outside to the sight of Fleury and Letang trailing LaRosee — the three of them chasing an ice cream truck.
"I caught up with him and said, ‘Marc, you make a lot of money; you can probably buy some ice cream and keep it in the house.’ He said, ‘Yeah, you’re right, but this is more fun.’ Then, he smiled, turned around and started buying ice cream for all the neighbors."
Julie Chu visits with her niece’s preschool class. (x)
My 5-year-old niece Sophia just looked at my medal and said, “This is beautiful!” She was so excited about having watched me on TV. She showed me a book she’d made in kindergarten where she’d written different things she loved, like “I love Mommy,” and “I love Daddy.” A few pages in she had a page that said, “I love U.S.A.” and there was a picture she’d drawn with a hockey player in a U.S. jersey. That just made me smile so much. She turned to me and said, “I want to play on the U.S. team at the Olympics. Do you think we’re going to be on the same team?”