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  • Keywords
    • Child abuse,
    • Child Services Reform,
    • Murder/suicide,
    • Trauma and loss,
    • Small-town hockey,
    • Divorce and Child Custody,
    • Trauma-therapy

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Gross Misconduct
Hitting From Behind
by Sandra Young Kolbuc and Tracy Stark

A Mother’s Love Story Tragedy Courage Resilience Hope “One cold winter’s day, my life’s trajectory tragically and unimaginably changed in an instant... forever!” - Tracy Stark, Mother of Radek and Ryder Early on a Monday morning in December 2016, Tracy Stark and her husband Brent discover that Tracy’s sons, Ryder, 13, and Radek, 11, are absent from school and are not answering their phones. When Tracy and Brent go to the home of her ex-husband to investigate, they are met by a life-shattering scene. Ryder and Radek have been murdered... by their biological father, who then shot and killed himself. Surrounded by the love and support of her shocked community and grieving friends and family, Tracy enlists the assistance of trauma therapist Sandra Young Kolbuc to help process her post-traumatic stress responses, her bottomless grief and learn to manage her devastating new reality. In April of 2019, Tracy asked her therapist for guidance to recount her story and that of her two precious sons to bring awareness for the need to change societal attitudes and systems that she believes failed them all. These radiant boys were full of life and passionately loved not only hockey, but their Mama as well. Gross Misconduct – Hitting from Behind, chronicles a mother’s journey from utter devastation to finding a measure of peace and purpose, meaning and mastery in the days, months and years following the death of her children.

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Sandra Young Kolbuc, BPE, MSc, RMFT, CCC is a trauma-counselling therapist well-trained by The Canadian Foundation of Trauma Research and Education ( She is the mother of four adult children and the grandmother of nine and lives with her husband David in the beauty of the boreal forest near Whitecourt, Alberta CANADA. Sandra continues to influence those needing to find their voices about things that matter. ( Tracy Stark and her husband, Brent, are former co-owners of the Whitecourt Wolverines Junior A Hockey Club. Tracy also heads The R♥️R Memorial Foundation, established in Ryder and Radek’s memory, to provide financial assistance to families needing a hand up in supporting children’s participation in sport. Tracy is the stepmother of two adult daughters. She and Brent live in Whitecourt, Alberta CANADA where Tracy continues to advocate on behalf of women and children in the name of her sons, Ryder Patryk and Radek Stryker.


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