Vancouver Canucks center Linden Vey has had a rough past two seasons — both on and off the ice.
Once one of the WHL’s top players, Vey has struggled to see his play translate into success in the NHL.
Though he won’t blame those struggles on some off-the-ice issues his family has been involved in.
Vey’s father, Curtis, is set to face trial on murder conspiracy charges. Curtis Vey and his mistress Angela Nicholson were arrested in 2013 on charges they alleged to kill their spouses.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Curtis Vey & Angela Nicholson Allegedly Planned to Murder Their Spouses
Curtis Vey and Angela Nicholson were arrested in July 2013 in Melfort, Saskatchewan, with conspiracy to commit murder.
The pair were allegedly planning to murder their spouses.
The alleged plot was to have Curtis’ wife, Bridget, die in a house fire, while Nicholson’s husband, Jim Taylor, was going to die of a drug overdose on Halloween.
Both Vey and Nicholson were 49 at the time of their arrests.
2. Bridget Vey, Linden’s Mother, Foiled the Alleged Plot
Investigators say Bridget was the one who foiled the plot when she recorded a conversation between Curtis Vey and Nicholson discussing their plan.
3. Angela Nicholson Allegedly Made a Fake Will Leaving Her the Family Farm
Nicholson’s husband, Jim Taylor, is a farmer in Saskatchewan and was shocked when he heard the news.
He told the Canadian Press at the time of Nicholson’s arrest:
They had to tell me about three times.
Taylor said police told him Nicholson made up a will which would have left her the farm.
Taylor added at the time he hadn’t made a will, but planned on leaving the farm to his two daughters.
Nicholson and Taylor had been married for nearly 25 years at the time of her arrest.
4. Curtis Vey & Nicholson Have a Court Date Set for May 24
Vey and Nicholson are set to face trial on May 24 in Melfort.
Nicholson’s defense attorney Ron Piche said there are 22 witnesses scheduled to testify.
Piche has maintained his client’s innocence.
He also added the two don’t have to testify because they’re being jointly charged.
5. Linden Vey Refuses to Blame His On-Ice Struggles on the Situation
Linden Vey, 24, was one of the top players in the WHL, earning the Bob Clarke Trophy as the league’s top scorer in 2010-11.
But he hasn’t seen much success in the NHL.
In 134 games, he has just 14 goals and 30 assists.
But instead of blaming the off-ice distractions for his play, Linden told the National Post:
It changes your life. Your life is a certain way for so many years and all of a sudden, you wake up one day and it’s totally different. … But I’m not going to sit here and say it’s part of the reason I’ve had two of the worst seasons of my career.