Hockey Saves Recovering Addict's Life From the Streets

on Sunday, 06 May 2012. Posted in Breaking News, Alcohol

Hockey Saves Recovering Addict's Life From the Streets

Fifty-one-year-old Scott Lovell would have never imagined that a game of hockey would change his life, but he is quick to tell people that Ted Leonsis is one of the people who saved his life that had been destroyed by tragedy, drug abuse, and prison time. According to, Scott said, "Ted Leonsis was my guardian angel that saved me from the street. If it wasn't for hockey, I don't know where I'd be."

Scott lost his leg in a car accident, and he did his last stint in prison in 2007. After that, he took up a corner at 7th and G streets, across from the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. The Charlotte, NC native was bored, lonely, and tired. He realized that the Washington Capitals broadcast their hockey games on the jumbotron outside the arena. A game that Scott had never even watched before quickly turned into his escape.

He said, "I started sleeping over here, then the hockey season started. I wrote Mr. Leonsis and told him that there is really a positive guy living on the streets, and he's a huge Caps fan." Leonsis happens to be a huge philanthropist, and he decided to make Scott a deal he could not refuse. In 2009, Leonsis arranged him a part-time job in a restaurant kitchen, a paid and furnished apartment, a prosthetic leg, and Capitals season tickets for life. All he wanted in return was for Scott to vow to stay clean and sober.

Three years later, he remains clean and sober. He has also maintained his job at the restaurant. He has become a fixture at the Capitals games. He said, "I met Ted Leonsis on April 1…lots of people say that's April Fools Day, but that was a blessing day for me." Before Leonsis met Scott, he had never had a relationship with a homeless man. Since then, he has been Scott's biggest fan.

Leonsis said, "After you start talking to him, you realize by the grace of God…if anyone needed a break, it was Scott."

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