Detroit Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser might be a little concerned about not having his new contract finished yet, but he had a chance to forget about business for a few minutes this week. The restricted free agent defenseman went for a ride with the world famous Blue Angels in an F/A-18 Hornet.
Flying in a fighter jet sure sounds fun, but it's no joke. Experiencing the immense pressure of five Gs and going hundreds of miles an hour high above the ground is not for the faint of heart.
The range of facial expressions from DeKeyser in this video from the Red Wings TV is enough to prove that fact.
To DeKeyser's credit, he didn't pass out like a lot of folks would (including Seattle Sounders goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann who rode with the Blue Angels a month ago). It sounds like he listened to the advice the pilots gave him before the trip high above Michigan.
Here's what DeKeyser told MLive.com about the experience:
"It was awesome," DeKeyser said at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, minutes after stepping off a jet that's capable of reaching speeds of 1,400 miles per hour. "I'm still feeling a little woozy right now. I've never experienced anything like that."
"You don't really get an opportunity to do something like this too often, so I figured why not? I didn't do anything to prepare. They put you through a little tutorial before and kind of tell you how to tighten your legs, and you got to squeeze certain muscles so you don't pass out. You just got to do it to know what it feels like."
DeKeyser may have been a cool customer once he returned to terra firma, but the pilot sure gave him a run for his money.
This face says it all.
I wonder if he requested permission to literally buzz general manager Ken Holland's tower to see when that new deal is coming. That really would have gotten his attention.
(h/t Puck Daddy)