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Catching up with former junior hockey player, his family and life in Winnipeg

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Former junior hockey player Carson Shields holds a photo of himself when he was six and played for the River Heights Wings in Winnipeg. Shields is recovering from alcohol and drug addiction and a downward spiral which he attributes to a bad hazing experience in junior hockey. Shields uses volunteer work to help with his recovery and has written a book of his experience.

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Former junior hockey player Carson Shields holds a photo of himself when he was six and played for the River Heights Wings in Winnipeg.

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Former junior hockey player Carson Shields photographed in 2005 in his Winnipeg high school jersey.

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Former junior hockey player Carson Shields with his mother, Carol, and father, Larry, at his 2006 high school graduation in Winnipeg.

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Carson Shields, former junior hockey player, is photographed in his Winnipeg home Monday, December 9, 2013.

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Carson Shields, left, assistant coach, and Bruce Sirrell, head coach of the Transcona Railers, on the ice during practice in Winnipeg Monday, December 9, 2013.

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Former junior hockey player Carson Shields, right, assistant coach of the Transcona Railers, talks to a player during practice in Winnipeg Monday, December 9, 2013.

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As his dad Larry listens, in former junior hockey player Carson Shields tells his team for the first time about his addiction in Winnipeg, Monday, December 9, 2013.

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Carson Shields wipes a tear away as he tells his team for the first time about his life and addiction in Winnipeg, Monday, December 9, 2013.

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Former junior hockey player Carson Shields carries clothing to Red Road Lodge, a homeless resource centre in downtown Winnipeg, Monday, December 9, 2013.

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Former junior hockey player Carson Shields, right, and former gang member Roland Vandal joke around at Red Road Lodge, a homeless resource centre in downtown Winnipeg, on Monday, December 9, 2013.

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Former junior hockey player Carson Shields with his father, Larry, and his mother, Carol, look at family photos in their family home in Winnipeg Monday, December 9, 2013.

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