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Exotic hockey? Oduya suits up in Thailand

Oct 31, 2012, 6:08 PM EDT

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When guys look to get away to play hockey, some are taking it to extremes. Case in point, Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya.

As Justin Bourne from Backhand Shelf shares, Oduya is off to Thailand to work out and play for a men’s league team there looking to win a championship in the South Pacific.

Oduya’s motivation to go there for hockey comes from looking to both work and play in the same place as he shares with the Bangkok Post.

“I wanted to do something different because I am not playing,” he said.

“I wanted to come back to Thailand for a while. It is a big holiday spot for Swedish people to go when it gets colder back home.”

While on vacation, he hooked up with a team called the Flying Farangs to play in the 2012 Land of Smiles Ice Hockey Tournament. A tropical paradise where hockey is played for charity? Sounds pretty good to me.

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