By Adam Gretz | Hockey writer
September 10, 2015 8:40 pm E
Theo Fleury released his first country single on Thursday
During his peak playing days, Theo Fleury was a superstar in the NHL, especially with the Calgary Flames from 1988 through most of the 1990s.
He scored 455 goals in his 15-year NHL career, including eight 30-goal performances and a career-best 51-goal season in 1990-91 with the Flames.
Now, more than a decade after he last appeared in the NHL, Fleury is starting a new career off the ice.
As a country music singer.
Word first surfaced of Fleury's plans to enter the music industry back in Febuary, but on Thursday we were able to get our first taste of his musical talents when he released his first single, My Life's Been A Country Song.
Here is Fleury talking about his new path, via a press release that was issued along with the song.
"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. But I have a decent voice. I grew up around music. I'm a Metis person and music is really part of our DNA. Some of my fondest memories as a kid were listening to my grandfather play the fiddle. My dad sang and played guitar, my uncle sang and played the guitar. Music was always a huge part of any gathering we had as a family. And it was all country stuff, you know — Charley Pride, Buck Owens, Hank Snow, all those old guys. So that became my favourite genre of music. And making music was always in the back of my mind."
The single is part of Fleury's first album, I Am Who I Am. In his press release, Fleury acknowledged the album is "dark" and that it is all about his life, his experiences and his struggles.
"The songs are all about my life, my experience, my struggle. But they're also about coming through that struggle. 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."
And now, Theo Fleury ... country music singer.