Can Hockey Players Sing?

We're About to Find Out

There’s always been kind of a strong connection between hockey and country music. A lot country singers love the game, and a lot of the players love the music. And as we all well know, Nashville Predators’ Mike Fisher must really love it, because he married Carrie Underwood.

But this is a first.

Former NHL star Theo Fleury, who retired from hockey in 2003, is about to release a country album. His debut album I Am Who I Am is set for an Oct. 23 release.

“I know that when people hear that Theo Fleury made a country album, they’ll go, ‘Well … OK,’ And I wouldn’t say I’m the greatest singer in the world, but I’m a real singer,” he said in a press release.

But don’t expect the songs to be the light-hearted, superficial pop-country kind. Fleury says the music is dark.

“The songs are all about my life, my experience, my struggle. But they’re also about coming through that struggle,” Fleury admitted, probably because he was sexually abused by a former hockey coach. “At the end of every song, there’s hope. That’s what the lyrics and music reflect: Hope and healing. If people listen to this and there’s a line or a word or a phrase that helps them get out of the situation they’re in or how they’re feeling, that’s really why we’re doing this. The message is that no matter how far we may fall, we can make it back.”

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.