I recently met a close personal friend of Kordic. She wanted everyone to know that he was not the monster he was known for on the ice and in the headlines. He was "very funny... sometimes annoyingly so lol and had a good heart, way smarter than he looked too!"
However soon alcohol and substance abuse would take over Kordic's life.
"He was so torn up and lost after his father's death, as you mentioned. That's when he really unraveled," she added.
Like any true friend, she will not remember him for the bad times, but rather the good times.
"I adored the kid who didn't use drugs and loved to play hockey and tell stupid jokes and dream of being a professional wrestler after hockey which would have been perfect for him!! Getting paid to fight without the penalties!"
Here's more on the troubled and tormented life of John Kordic.