T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.
Jason Day takes the ice with NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets
Series: Golf Buzz
Published: Wednesday, October 09, 2013 | 8:35 a.m.
When you think Australian, the first thing that comes to mind is hockey, right?
We didn't think so.
But on Tuesday, hockey was on the mind of Australian golf star Jason Day, as he took the ice with the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets.
You can watch how it played out here:
A little reminiscent of a baby giraffe learning to walk, no? Just kidding. That wasn't bad for a guy who has never been on skates before.
In case you're wondering how this all unfolded, Day -- now a resident of Westerville, Ohio, which is his wife Ellie's home town -- has become golf buddies with Blue Jackets defenseman James Wisniewski (they're both members at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio, where Day represented the International team over the weekend in the Presidents Cup).
Tuesday's practice was neither a game-day morning skate, nor was it the day before a game, making it the perfect time to extend the invitation to Day.
“Man, it was tough,” Day told BlueJackets.com while cooling off in the Blue Jackets dressing room. “I thought I was going to be one of those people that just holds on to the glass the whole time. I think I did alright for being out on the ice for the first time ever, but I had these boys helping me.
“It’s kind of a new appreciation for how skilled these guys are; they obviously work hard, but to do what they’re doing on thin blades and make it look like they’re running around and the puck control is amazing.”
We're pretty sure Day will be sticking to golf.
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