Some Redneck Likes Hockey
February 4, 2009 4 Comments
We don’t trust country music. We think it was sent here by the devil. In our opinion, it’s responsible for more poorly spoken english than hip-hop and tourette’s syndrome combined. So you’ll forgive us if we don’t exactly know who the heck Dierks Bentley is.
But, we do know one thing: He enjoys him some hockey, so we’re pretty sure we like the guy. He definitely seems like the type of celeb who isn’t just paying hockey lip service, and is genuinely into the game, according to Brad Holland of NHL.com:
For Dierks Bentley, the answer was simple. You get some sticks, maybe a ball of tape or a tennis ball, and you play hockey.
What else would you do?
“We were playing the Qwest Center back in Omaha,” he said, “and it has this huge back stage with this really smooth cement. So we went and bought about a dozen sticks — cheap sticks, for about $20 apiece — and played hockey.”
For this good ol’ country boy, it was just another opportunity to squeeze his ever-burgeoning love of hockey into a life that moves as fast-paced as any. While he may have had anything but a “typical” hockey upbringing, he’s been hooked on the game since the Predators moved in to share his hometown.
He is now on a national tour and working on his music, but he’s found a number of tricks to help him stay up-to-date with his Predators and the rest of the NHL.
“For me, the big thing, (NHL Network’s) On the Fly has been a huge help as far as getting caught up on the action,” said Bentley. “That’s TiVo’d on the bus. That’s what I watch every day.”
Man, even we don’t get to watch “On the Fly”. But there’s something else we dig about this Bentley fella: His cleverly named hockey team:
Pre-concert, pick-up ball hockey games and following the NHL through the magic of satellite TV and TiVo is only the beginning of Bentley’s hockey story. He also competes in a men’s league in Nashville, on a team called the Iceholes.
“When I moved to Nashville, and when the Predators came to town, a friend of mine was working in the front office and it happened that I started to really get into hockey,” he said. “And it turns out that a buddy of mine, a guy I was playing bluegrass with at the time, was from Toronto and he was a big hockey fan and he had a bunch of extra gear. He told me one day, ‘Man, there’s a men’s league just down the road, you should really sign up. I’ll give you some gear.’ So he did, and I did, and immediately I just got eaten up with the sport.”
Alright buddy, we like your style. Just for the record: Puck the Media likes Dierks Bentley.