Few former NHLers have embarked on as unconventional a post-career path as former Calgary Flames great Theoren Fleury,<strong>Authentic Jordan Eberle jersey</strong>, the two-time 100-point scorer who’s now plying his trade as a country music crooner.
according to Fleury.,Unfortunately, that same mix of skill, unbridled emotion, and unpredictability is a rarity in today’s game
“The game is wayyy, wayyy too over-coached,” Fleury said to Sharp magazine’s Dave McCarthy on Wednesday. “It’s almost like coaches are playing Xbox with these guys. IPads on every bench now. It really takes individuality out of the game.”
“There were a lot of colourful people in the game. Now, when you listen to interviews with so many young guys, it’s all clichés.”
While our current era might be lacking in individuality, Fleury did say he’s impressed with the new crop of smaller-sized players thriving as the on-ice product continues to evolve.
“It’s really hard to compare eras but there’s no question that the game is built now for skill and speed, it was a man’s game and wasn’t conducive to small guys having success, whereas when I was playing,” Fleury said. “But it’s nice to see guys like (Johnny) Gaudreau and (Mitch) Marner and Marty St. Louis have the careers they’ve had.
“I was always told I was too small and I’d never make it and I’m sure it was no different for those guys. But when you have the kind of skill those guys have, that’s what really sets you apart.”