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Few former NHLers have embarked on as unconventional a post-career path as former Calgary Flames great Theoren Fleury, the two-time 100-point scorer who’s now plying his trade as a country music crooner.

‘Unconventional’ describes much of Fleury’s tumultuous tenure in the NHL, as the Oxbow, Sask. native was forced to battle through plenty on his way to cementing himself in the Flames history books. But that fiery personality and unyielding determination earned Fleury a Stanley Cup and a slew of impressive stat lines – the veteran topped 40 goals on four different occasions,084 career tilts.,adidas Gordie Howe jersey, finishing his career with 1,adidas Jimmy Howard jersey,088 points in 1

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“The game is wayyy,” 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.”, wayyy too over-coached

The league still has a few characters who call back to that bygone era, but they’re certainly tougher to find., according to Fleury

“That’s why I love guys like P.K. Subban, who have their own personality and beat to their own drum, like Jeremy Roenick and Marty McSorley. They were different guys and said what was on their mind and wore their hearts on their sleeves.Authentic Henrik Zetterberg jersey,,” Fleury said. “There’s definitely a lack of that now. If you look at my era,Authentic Gordie Howe jersey, you had all these characters who played

“There were a lot of colourful people in the game. Now,Authentic Jimmy Howard jersey, it’s all clichés.”, when you listen to interviews with so many young guys

While our current era might be lacking in individuality,Authentic Wayne Gretzky jersey,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, 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.,adidas Frans Nielsen jersey,  it was a man’s game and wasn’t conducive to small guys having success

“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.”