If Dierks Bentley wasn’t a country singer, I think I know exactly what he’d be — a hockey player.
Maybe not a Nashville Predators kind of hockey player, but he’d be involved in the game somehow. He loves it that much.
So much, in fact, that on Saturday (Feb. 27), Bentley is going to be part of the Preds roster for a game. He’s playing in the alumni game against the alumni players from the St. Louis Blues.
According to The Tennessean newspaper in Nashville, the game is part of the National Hockey League’s 24 Hours of Hockey event where adult, youth, sled, college and women’s players all have a chance to play on the Bridgestone Arena ice.
Besides Bentley, the Preds alumni team for the night will include Kimmo Timonen, Phil Housley, Sebastien Bordeleau, Cliff Ronning, J.P. Dumont, Troy Vollhoffer, Stu Grimson, Blake Geoffrion, Denny Lambert, Rob Turner, Jay More, Dan Keczmer and Chris Mason.
Technically, Bentley is not a former Predator, but he did take part in the NHL’s Skills Competition last month, and he has been playing hockey since about 2000. In a video on his website from 2011, Bentley says that playing on his Iceholes team is a good way to get away from the road, the bus and the music and clear his head.
That same year, 2011, the NHL used Bentley’s “Am I the Only One” in a commercial to promote the playoff game.