Imagine learning one of your parents (allegedly) attempted to have your other parent murdered, and trying to function in life afterwards.
That has been Linden Vey’s existence since 2013 when his father, Curtis Vey, and his mistress, Angela Nicholson, were arrested for allegedly planning to murder Brigette Vey, Linden’s mother and Curtis’s estranged wife, and Nicholson’s husband, Jim Taylor.
“Police told Taylor that Brigitte Vey tipped them to an alleged murder plot in which Vey’s wife was going to die in a house fire and Taylor would die of an overdose on Halloween.
“After RCMP received the tip, Taylor said police told him, they tapped the pair’s phones and went through their emails … , Taylor said. …
“There was an extramarital affair, which cumulated into reasonable and probable grounds, leading to the planning of a murder,” said Cpl. Rob King.”
Right out of a Lifetime movie.
At the time, Linden Vey was a member of the Los Angeles Kings; which is probably why he wasn’t identified right away by the Canadian Press as being one of the Vey’s children mentioned in the article.
A fourth round draft pick by the Kings in 2009, he was a stellar player in the minor leagues, but couldn’t find the scoring touch with LA over 18 games in the 2013-14 season. At the draft in June 2014, he was traded to the Vancouver Canucks.
Vey’s trade appeared to be at the assumption he would not make the team out of training camp come October. Instead of putting him on waivers, and potentially losing him for nothing, the Kings traded him to Vancouver.
We don’t know if the Kings had any idea what was going on Vey’s personal life to the extent it impacted his place on the ice. The Canucks learned about the trial after Vey joined the organization.
“‘What was important to us was making sure he got the help he needed,’ [Canucks president Trevor Linden] said.
“‘I think coming to the rink has been a bit of a sanctuary for him. Once you walk in those doors, it’s actually a bit of a blessing. He had his teammates around him and could have a real focus.
“‘I think it’s probably harder when you leave and you go back into what is, quote, normal life again.'”
According to Botchford’s article, Vey remains close to his father while supporting his mother and siblings.
“Several people close to him said he has stayed supportive of his father, who coached him until he was in peewee hockey. Vey grew up on a large farm in Wakaw, Sask., a town with a population of less than 1,000.
“There was even some consideration given to bringing Curtis Vey on one of the Canucks’ official fathers’ trips.
“‘I don’t talk to him a whole lot, but I do here and there,’ Vey said. ‘It’s a tough situation. We were a super close family.'” …
“‘My mother and I are super close,’ Vey said. ‘She came on the mothers’ trip with me and she comes out quite a bit.’
“‘My family — my brother and my sister — we’re all tight. This is a time where we need to stick together as much as possible now.'”
His father’s trial was originally set to start in the fall of 2014; however, it was repeatedly rescheduled. The trial will now start on May 24.
Again, from Botchford:
“With [the trial] slated to start now in his off-season, Vey can be home with his family in Saskatchewan.
“‘As much as it is me involved, it’s more about my parents’ situation,’ Vey said. ‘I will be there to support my mother.’
“‘Our family is going to do its best to find its way through it.'”
We aren’t Linden Vey. We can’t begin to fathom how he and his siblings are processing this trial; nor can we pass judgment on why he still has a relationship with his father.
We can only hope the trial brings closure to what can be incomprehensible situation so he can go back to focusing on his passion of hockey instead of using it as an escape.