NASHVILLE -- When Nashville Predators associate coach Brent Peterson was first coming to grips with having Parkinson's Disease, old friend Cam Neely helped him to get in touch with actor Michael J. Fox.
Neely, now the president of the Boston Bruins and a former member of the Vancouver Canucks along with Peterson, got to know Fox as a teenager, as both grew up in British Columbia. Over the years, the relationship continued and Fox attended Neely's Hall of Fame induction in 2005.
Peterson said he had met Fox before Fox had made his way to Hollywood, but this was the first time they spoke after his Parkinson's diagnosis. Fox, who suffers from Parkinson's and has championed the cause of fighting the disease, gave Peterson some tough love. Peterson said they have talked three times since Peterson learned of his diagnosis.
"The first talk was the big one because that's when I was feeling sorry for myself and 'Why me?' and he said 'Quit being such a whiner and go do something about it,'...