Theo Fleury, Future Hockey Hall-of-Famer, to Play Baseball

Greg CaggianoSenior Writer IAugust 4, 2008

Theoren Fleury, a 35-year-old former National Hockey League star and perhaps future Hall of Famer, will change things up as he puts down a wooden stick only to have it replaced with a wooden bat.

A veteran of 1084 games, Fleury scored 455 goals and 633 assists for 1088 points while playing for Calgary Flames, Colorado Avalanche, New York Rangers, and Chicago Blackhawks.

Fleury, who could very well be a lock for the Hall of Famer if not for the alcohol problems that ended his career, has switched sports. This Saturday, August 10, Fleury will play for the Calgary Vipers, an independent league team in Western Canada.

He has been taking batting practice all week long in hopes of properly preparing for the game and what could be, a baseball career.

As a hockey fan and amateur historian, this actually saddens me rather than makes me happy. As a Ranger, Fleury was my favorite player, and it was a damn shame seeing him end his years in the way he did. If not for substance abuse, he could and should still be playing hockey.

But in a way, it's a new beginning, and a lesson we should all learn from.

Photo found here.