Theo takes the mic

RANDY SPORTAK -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:54 AM ET

DENVER -- Times have changed for Theo Fleury.

As he prepared for his stint providing colour commentating for last night's Calgary Flames game, the role was reversed in his life.

The pep talk came from his son.

"Josh is a big NFL fan, which every teenage kid is, so he said, 'Just be like John Madden. Report it the way it's supposed to be reported and give them information,' " Fleury said with a smile. "That's what I'll do.

"But I told him, 'You're on standby if I need some advice.' "

Charlie Simmer was unable to attend due to a death in the family, so the club turned to Fleury for the duties for the pay-per-view broadcast of the game between the Flames and Colorado Avalanche.

As he watched the clubs go through their morning skates, Fleury admitted: "It should be an interesting evening. I've never done live TV before."

Yeah, but he's been interviewed a million times over the years, and that's just talking.

"That's different. I'm the interviewer now," he said. "When I owned the Hitmen, I did a couple of games (on the radio) with Mike Toth, at the beginning when we started out. I don't think I was very good.

"But we'll take it as it comes. I played in front of 80 million people in the Olympics, so I don't think this will be that hard of a task. It's about bringing information, and I played 1,000 games in this league and think I know a little bit about hockey."

After all these years, there is still that tie between Fleury and the Flames. He remains the franchise's all-time leader in goals (364) and points (830), and sits in second spot with 460 assists, all collected during his tenure with the Flames from the Stanley Cup winning 1988-89 campaign until he was traded -- coincidentally to the Avalanche -- late in the 1998-99 season.

Now busy with his business, Fleury's Concrete Coatings, and out of the NHL since 2002-03, Fleury doesn't pay much attention to the NHL, but had plenty of ties to those in the clash. Joe Sakic, Milan Hejduk and Scott Parker, are all still with the Avs. Also, during his stint there was now Calgary forward Stephane Yelle.

Admittedly, Fleury doesn't follow the NHL closely, so he was doing a crash course on the players.

Although he considered pursuing a career in that capacity years ago.

"I was thinking about after I decided I was going to retire and what I would do to keep busy, so I often thought about getting into TV or radio. But we'll see what happens."

The job also gave Fleury an opportunity to catch up with long-time teammate Jarome Iginla.

"Records are always made to be broken, right, and there's no better guy to have break my record than Jarome," Fleury said.

"But he's still got a Stanley Cup to win. I still got that on him."


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