6 episodes

No one could ever predict what Steve Durbano would do – on or off the ice. One of the most vicious goons in pro hockey during the brawling 70s, Durbano’s addictions led him to a life of crime and time behind bars after his playing days were over. Hosted by TSN investigative reporter Rick Westhead, Durbano is the captivating tale of a complicated life. In this five-part feature you will get to know the notorious enforcer through interviews with those who knew him best.

For more information visit: tsn.ca/durbano.

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    • 4.7 • 19 Ratings

No one could ever predict what Steve Durbano would do – on or off the ice. One of the most vicious goons in pro hockey during the brawling 70s, Durbano’s addictions led him to a life of crime and time behind bars after his playing days were over. Hosted by TSN investigative reporter Rick Westhead, Durbano is the captivating tale of a complicated life. In this five-part feature you will get to know the notorious enforcer through interviews with those who knew him best.

For more information visit: tsn.ca/durbano.

    Part 5: This Guy Wasn't An Evil Monster

    Part 5: This Guy Wasn't An Evil Monster

    Why did Steve behave the way he did?  The truth is complex and complicated. One thing is for certain; his personality took shape long before he made it to the NHL.

    • 26 min
    Part 4: The Five-Star Escort Service

    Part 4: The Five-Star Escort Service

    Steve Durbano is out of jail but he’s in rough shape. He’s swapped his cocaine habit for a crippling addiction to alcohol. Barely surviving on his $300 a month NHL pension, Steve starts a new business and soon finds himself the target of the vice squad.

    • 26 min
    Part 3: 100 Injections Every 24 Hours

    Part 3: 100 Injections Every 24 Hours

    His hockey career was over, and he was dead broke. Steve Durbano finds himself in the all too common position of not being able to afford his escalating drug habit. His family details the gripping tale of Steve's last smuggling run to South America.

    • 27 min
    Part 2: There's a reason why they called him “Demolition Durby”

    Part 2: There's a reason why they called him “Demolition Durby”

    There is a reason why they called him “Demolition Durby.” As the brawling 1970s surges onwards so to does Steve Durbano’s wild and violent behaviour. A gruesome and career threatening injury leaves Durbano with a lasting drug addiction, propelling him to commit even more unbelievable acts. Players, officials, even his general manager weren’t safe from Steve during this period.

    • 22 min
    Part 1: Overly violent or a perfect fit?

    Part 1: Overly violent or a perfect fit?

    Was Steve Durbano too violent to play professional hockey or was he the perfect fit for the era that he competed in? Episode 1 of Durbano takes a closer look at some of his most famous on-ice exploits in the NHL and the WHA. Later in this five-part series, investigative reporter Rick Westhead delves deep into Steve’s notorious life of crime after his career ends.

    • 22 min
    Durbano Trailer

    Durbano Trailer

    No one could ever predict what Steve Durbano would do – on or off the ice. One of the most vicious goons in pro hockey during the brawling 70s, Durbano’s addictions led him to a life of crime and time behind bars after his playing days were over. Hosted by TSN investigative reporter Rick Westhead, Durbano is the captivating tale of a complicated life. In this five-part feature you will get to know the notorious enforcer through interviews with those who knew him best.

    • 55 sec

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

Steve Durbano ,

It’s About Time

One of the most insane individuals to put on a hockey uniform, if you ever seen him play or know anything about his career you’d know Durbano symbolizes hockey & life in the 1970’s

maxlemaire ,

One of the best player breakdowns out there

The extent that the creators of this podcast have done to get as in depth as possible on the subjected player is wonderful. It really helps to set up how his career and post career life played out and what sort of person he was. I would recommend a fan of any sport to listen to this.

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