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Mad Durbano long a dead loss
[Ontario Edition]
Toronto Star - Toronto, Ont.
Author: Dimanno, Rosie
Date: Nov 20, 2002
Start Page: E.03
Section: SPORTS
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With [Steve Durbano], NHL super-goon, one never took such threats lightly. Years earlier, he'd hurled a hockey stick at my head- and that was long before he even knew my name. I was just a stranger. And Durbano was just a psychopath.

Prison was familiar to Durbano. He'd spent 28 months in the slammer in the previous decade- one-third of the seven-year sentence he'd received upon conviction for trying to smuggle $568,000 worth of cocaine into Canada. He'd been employed as a bartender back then. That was in '83, just three years after his retirement. Between the coke bust and the hookers, Durbano had also been arresting for shoplifting five shirts from a men's clothing store. At his arrest, he had $12 in his pocket and claimed to be living on welfare.

It was a tumultuous hockey career, with Durbano the ultimate reprobate and malefactor, although he complained to Star columnist Milt Dunnell in 1989 that nobody wanted to hear about cocaine use in the NHL. They especially didn't want to hear about it from a cokehead jailbird. But, like so many other players of that era, Durbano laid his woes at the feet of player agent Alan Eagleson. Durbano blamed Eagleson for not obtaining proper compensation on his behalf after he'd suffered a hand injury. It was then, while still playing, that Durbano became a cocaine addict.

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