Blackhawks Johnny Oduya coming to Thailand for Ice Hockey

Chicago Blackhawks defenceman Johnny Oduya (27)


BANGKOK – Oduya, who was in Thailand for a vacation, decided to hook up with the Flying Farangs, a Bangkok-based team playing in the 2012 Land of Smiles Ice Hockey Tournament. (Oh, yeah, ex-Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Vesa Toskala was there, too, playing for a Finnish team).

“I didn’t know if it would be a good idea but once we started looking into it a bit more we got more excited,” Oduya told the Bangkok Post. “I didn’t know that it would end up anything like this, this is a much bigger venue than anything I thought I would be part of. In the beginning, the first day, I showed up to practice and it was more like ‘Oh you are here, we didn’t really think you were going to show up.’ They thought it was all talk. I hope they think it’s been fun and as long as everybody has a good time I’m happy with that.”

The 31-year-old Swede has enjoyed the experience so much, he’s talking about going back to Thailand for the tournament when his NHL playing days are over.

If I have another 10 years in the NHL hopefully after I can come and join them playing here and doing the tournaments here,” he said.



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