VIDEO: PGA Tour golfer Jason Day practiced with the Blue Jackets
PGA Tour golfer Jason Day took up an offer from his Blue Jackets friends and spent a day on the ice practicing with the team. He was up to par.
The Columbus Blue Jackets had the day off on Tuesday so they had themselves a light skate, a skate that included a visitor.
PGA Tour golfer and native Australian Jason Day, the 16th-ranked golfer in the world, joined the team on the ice. Believe it or not, it was Day's first time on skates. From the looks of the video, it hardly shows.
The backstory is that Day resides in the Columbus area and was back there again this past weekend with the Presidents Cup competition taking place nearby (it's also part of the reason why Jack Nicklaus was around to drop the ceremonial puck on opening night for Columbus). Combine that with the friendship that Day has built over the years with James Wisniewski and some of the other Jackets players, Day got his chance on the ice.
You can count Columbus coach Todd Richards among those that were impressed.
"You realize how hard [hockey] is and how fast these guys do it and plus the risk," Richards told Rob Mixer of the Jackets' website. "There's serious risk to your body. I think you get a great appreciation for it. Having said that, when I watch [golfers] on TV, there's a real appreciation for what they do in their sport. We all golf; it's easy to golf and you can go anywhere and golf in any town you want to go. It's not always easy to get into a hockey practice ... you can golf by yourself.
"It wasn't that he didn't have an idea, but you could see [Day] was trying to figure it out. I heard him ask one question, and that was 'how do I stop?' You just run into the boards -- that's what you teach young kids."
Typically hockey players spend a lot of time on the golf course but it doesn't happen often the other way around. As impressive as it was for Day in a relative sense, that's still probably for the better.
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