As if we needed any more examples of why the asinine NHL lockout needs to be brought to a halt, now comes this story:
All-star defenseman Chris Chelios, a two-time Stanley Cup winner with the Detroit Red Wings, will train with the U.S. bobsled federation next week in a bid to compete for Greece at 2006 Turin Olympics.
With the NHL having locked out players in a bitter labor dispute that is threatening to wipe out the entire season, Chelios will spend next Wednesday in Lake Placid training with members of the U.S. bobsled team, the federation said on Friday.
“I am looking forward to getting the experience of learning the ropes of bobsledding,” said Chelios, a veteran of 21 NHL seasons, in a statement. “I hope this is the first stepping stone on my way to making it to the next Olympic Games.”
The captain of the U.S. team at last month’s World Cup of Hockey and a three-time Olympian, Chelios, 42, recently said he wanted to compete in a fourth Olympics but this time on the Greek bobsled team.
After learning of Chelios’s interest in the sport, the U.S. bobsled federation invited him to join them as they train for the upcoming World Cup season.
Do we really want to be treated to the spectacle of a middle-aged American racing a Greek bobsled…or would we rather watch that same man wind down his career in something he excels at? Chris Chelios, while a phenomenal athlete- is a HOCKEY PLAYER. And, yes, hockey players should be playing hockey this time of year.
Hasn’t this madness gone on long enough??
Is it just me, or does this promise to be a long, cold winter?