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Opening Orientation

Tuesday, 07.27.2010 / 10:52 AM
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Battle of the Blades with Kelly Chase
Opening Orientation
Earlier this summer, I got asked to participate in the second season of Battle of the Blades. It’s a reality show in Canada that is televised on CBC, and it’s very similar to Dancing with the Stars…except on ice.

I’ll be figure skating with a world class figure skater (some of them are Olympians) and performing a routine in front of millions of people in Canada.

And no, that’s not a misprint. You read it right.

I played 458 games in the NHL and had more than 2,000 penalty minutes. I made a living banging bodies on the rink and dropping the gloves with some of the toughest fighters in hockey.

But in a few months, I’ll be figure skating. Or ice dancing, as some people call it.

The show begins on Sunday, Oct. 3. It features eight former hockey players, including myself, Theo Fleury and Russ Courtnall, brother of former Blue Geoff Courtnall. We’ll be paired with a figure skater as we attempt to perform live every Sunday.

We’ll be criticized and yelled at by ‘celebrity’ judges after our performance, and then the entire nation will vote to see who gets to stay. We’ll be back on Monday, the next night, to find out whether we get to stay on the show for another week.

When I signed up for this, I didn’t think it’d be a big deal. I had no idea how huge this was in Canada. Let’s put it this way: last year’s season finale scored better in the ratings than Hockey Night in Canada during the Stanley Cup Finals.

Last week, I went to an orientation camp for the show. We learned some basics of figure skating, did some ballet, went to some lift classes and filmed some commercials to promote the show.

I’ll tell you about all that in the coming days. Check back soon for another blog about our first day at orientation camp.

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