WINNIPEG -Former NHL’er and Brandon, Manitoba born, Sheldon Kennedy, has been an advocate for years on making changes for those who suffered sexual abuse or trauma.
A new documentary, Swift Current, tells Kennedy’s story during the time his Major Junior Hockey league coach sexually assaulted him over a five year period while under his care.
He skated for three teams in his eight-year NHL career including Detroit Red Wings, Calgary Flames and Boston Bruins and played for Canada’s gold-medal winning team in the 1988 World Junior Hockey Championship.
He was also Captain of the Memorial Cup winning Swift Current Broncos in 1989.
After retiring from the NHL, Kennedy has been advocating for others who suffered similar trauma. Having transformed his own personal situation into positive action, Sheldon continues to carry his message through Respect Group Inc., the company he co-founded.
His documentary, created by 3-time Academy Award winner Mark Jonathan Harris, Executive Producer James Gray, and Lost for Life director Joshua Rofé provides a startling and never before seen look at recovery from childhood sexual abuse trauma.
The documentary, Swift Current, airs on Global Winnipeg at 8 p.m. Saturday, November 21st.
Here’s a sneak peak: SWIFT CURRENT – Official Trailer