If you want to do more reading I suggest the Sports Illustrated's article Death of a Goon and the New York Times piece on his Funeral as starting points. There was also a book written, John Kordic; The Fight of his Life, which had its movie rights purchased, although never filmed.
I will say that I would love to see a movie on Kordic. It's the Canadian Dream turned nightmare. The price Kordic paid for success would lead to his demise. Kordic and his father Ivan, were at odds over Kordic's role in the NHL. His father loved hockey, but disapproved of Kordic fighting. The death of his father in 1989 was the straw that broke the camel's back. Kordic's downward spiral accelerated. His play and attitude soured, and his substance abuse increased. In August of 1992, Kordic, after an evening of alcohol and drugs, died of a heart malfunction after resisting arrest. It is truly a tragic story.
Kordic's rookie card was a 1990-91 OPC, as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs. He never had a card while with the Montreal Canadiens. As a rookie, he won a Stanley Cup with the 1986 Canadiens, so I thought it'd be fitting to include him that's set.
|1986-87 OPC #270 John Kordic (RC)|
Since John would have preferred to be remembered for more than just his pugilism, here is another card of Kordic.
|1987-88 OPC John Kordic|
While Kordic would have a card with the Quebec Nordiques, his final NHL team, his brief 7 game stint, and 101 PIM, with the Washington Capitals would go uncarded. Below is what it could have looked like.
|1991-92 OPC John Kordic|