Updates on Former Cap Stephen Peat, and a Fundraiser

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Posted November 21, 2017

(JOEL RICHARDSON /The Washington Post)

Former Caps enforcer Stephen Peat seems to be in trouble again, as the New York Times has published texts and emails from his father, Walter Peat.

Back in 2016, Times reporter John Branch chronicled what’s going on in Peat’s life after he was arrested for burning down his house in 2015. The answer, it seems, is that Stephen Peat is suffering from brain trauma from years of fighting in the NHL, very similar to former Cap Chris Simon.

From the Times: After a Life of Punches, Ex-N.H.L. Enforcer Is a Threat to Himself

Branch has been in contact with Walter Peat about his son’s issues since the article, and agreed to have them published. As a Caps fan, and fondly remembering Peat’s time on the team, this line struck a nerve:

John, I am open to anything that may bring this into into the open, so people can see what hockey is breeding. And where many of it’s players end up. it is so sad that Stephen had his own cheering section in Washington, but now, many of his fans have now idea or care what he is doing.

The published messages are on the Time’s site: ‘I Have No Idea How to Tell This Horror Story’

Caps fan Ben Carroll decided to help the Peats by starting a GoFundMe campaign for them. Please consider donating here.

Carroll writes:

Stephen Peat is a former player for the Washington Capitals.  He played in 130 games for the organization from 2001-2005-6 seasons.  Known for his physicality and fights on the ice, he was (from afar) a great teammate and presence on the ice.  He was an old school “pugilist” the likes that are now out of the league for the most part.  However, if you’re a Caps fan, he brought you out of your seats on many occasions with his ability to go toe-to-toe with anyone in the league.  I met Stephen on a few different occasions and he came across to me as quiet and reserved. (I did not know him well but was always a great kid to me). Right now, Stephen and his father need help. I’m not sure what we fans or former colleagues can do to help in getting Stephen what he truly needs but I think we can start somewhere.  Let’s show him and his family our concern and generosity in getting something to assist in care etc and to do OUR best to avoid a mental health disaster that has taken several NHL’ers away far too young. I put this together on a whim and have not contacted the family yet but hope to do so in the next few hours.