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Ales Hemsky played in the world roller hockey championships

Jun 6, 2012, 1:03 PM EDT

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There are a number of ways NHLers spend their offseasons: golfing, fishing, not playing hockey, etc.

Then there’s Edmonton Oilers forward Ales Hemsky.

According to the IIHF website, the 28-year-old recently played for the Czech Republic in the World Inline Hockey Championships. Yes, roller hockey.

The Czech team was coached by his brother, Petr, and apparently in need of some scoring punch for a quarterfinal game against Germany — enter Hemsky, who made his tournament debut with two assists in a 6-5 OT loss.

Alas, it would be the first and last game for Hemsky, who didn’t dress for the Czechs in their final “placement game” against Sweden.

In case you’re curious, the Inline Worlds were played in Germany this year in a city called Inglostadt, located along the banks of the Danube River. Ingolstadt is mentioned in the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley — it’s the birth place of the monster created by scientist Victor Frankenstein.

So yeah, you know that now.

  1. canuckswino - Jun 6, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    … and somehow still managed to separate his shoulder, despite there being no hitting in roller-hockey.

  2. davebabychreturns - Jun 6, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    Frankenstein’s monster is now the second most surgically reconstructed human to ever set foot in that town.

  3. pone27 - Jun 6, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    Friend of mine plays for Team USA..

    He watched him play, said he is definitely a way better ice than roller hockey player.

    • ray2013 - Jun 6, 2012 at 3:13 PM

      I find that a very interesting comment. What’s the major difference between the two games?

      • creasemasta41 - Jun 6, 2012 at 4:12 PM

        Ones on ice…

  4. jkonigsb - Jun 6, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    I played for roller Team USA years ago and played ice hockey through college. Two completely different games with black and white strategies. I will say that the NHL today absolutely suits roller hockey players better today than it did before the lockout. Roller hockey was always fun, it’s actually a great way to work on your stick handling as the surface and a weighted puck feel just like ice. My friend played goalie and he says that its an absolute disadvantage that the puck can move so fast but goalies can’t get post to post without either opening the 5 hole or attempting to slide (50/50 chance your pads get hung up on the sport court.)

  5. atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 6, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    His dad obviously doesn’t watch him play much, Alice wouldnt do anything to increase goals, he’s constantly looking to pass.

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