Drury's baseball pedigree would have boded well in Beijing

Summer Olympians, count your blessing the NHL players are exactly that and not competing for medals. From Marc-Andre Fleury's peerless butterfly to Georges Laraque pugilistic prowess, many a hockey player would have left Beijing donning gold.

Updated: August 22, 2008, 9:10 AM ET
By Terry Frei | Special to ESPN.com

NHL players aren't scheduled to get back into the Olympic act until the 2010 Games in Vancouver. After that, league participation in the Winter Games will be re-evaluated -- and perhaps will end.

But during the 2008 Beijing Games, we've figured out that studio gymnastics commentator Bela "Bananas" Karolyi can become just as outraged as Don "Grapes" Cherry. We've also enjoyed pondering how hockey players also could have participated in the Summer Olympics:

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