Theo wants to lace 'em up

Theo Fleury is thinking of playing for the Bentley Generals, the Alberta Senior AAA champs. (Sun...

Theo Fleury is thinking of playing for the Bentley Generals, the Alberta Senior AAA champs. (Sun Media file)

ERIC FRANCIS -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:36 AM ET

Theo Fleury is on the verge of returning to the game that made him wealthy and famous.

And the plan would be to do it alongside his former coach Brian Sutter.

"I think I'm going to come back to try to win an Allan Cup," Fleury told the Sun.

"It would be nice to add that to the collection."

Although the former Stanley Cup and Olympic champ has yet to make a final decision on the move, the plan would be to play for the Bentley Generals, the Alberta Senior AAA champs who lost in the final game of last year's Allan Cup final.

The idea came about when Fleury's former Belfast Giants teammate Curtis Huppe moved to Calgary to work for Fleury's concrete coating company and received an invite to play for the Generals. It gave 40-year-old Fleury an idea.

"I thought about bringing a whole line," smiled Fleury who'd make the 90-minute drive for weekly games outside Red Deer with Huppe and brother Ted, who played for the Brandon Wheat Kings and the Calgary Radz roller hockey team.

Fleury, whose 15-year NHL career ended in 2003 when he was placed back in the NHL's substance-abuse program, made a bid to win the Allan Cup in 2005 when he played for the Horse Lake Thunder but lost in the semifinal.

His last NHL stop was Chicago where Sutter coached.

Sutter coached the Generals two years earlier and has apparently agreed to help behind the bench once again.

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