September 30, 2009
You may have heard about "The Body Issue," which is ESPN The Magazine's attempt at an annual "SI Swimsuit Edition"-esque collector's item and guilty pleasure.
Hitting newsstands on Oct. 9, there are more than 30 male and female athletes featured in various states of undress, from NASCAR driver Carl Edwards doing the country stud thing next to a Ford to Major League Soccer players "jumping around in a way that was both appropriate and hilarious."
Since we're writing about it here, you obviously already know there are NHL players involved in "The Body Issue." ESPN informed us today that Edmonton Oilers players Sheldon Souray(notes), Ethan Moreau(notes) and Andrew Cogliano(notes) were photographed together for the magazine, as was Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara(notes) by himself.
Yes, we know: Mike Commodore was criminally ignored ...
(Ed. Note: Bill Guerin(notes) of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Chris Higgins of the New York Rangers, Eric Nystrom(notes) of the Calgary Flames and Mike Komisarek(notes) of the Toronto Maple Leafs are all also in the issue, according to ESPN, in a featured called "The Sweat Spot" that's different than the photo portfolios.)
Matt Chmura, Boston's director of communications, said the ESPN shoot for Chara was done at the TD Banknorth Garden recently, and that the team isn't aware what photos have been chosen. We're not sure what state of undress the Oilers are in for their exhibition, but the Bruins told us that Chara took photos that were partially clothed as well as ones where the Norris Trophy winner was in the Full Monty, the all-together and/or his birthday suit.
Normally, we'd assume there'd be some good-natured razzing of Chara for taking part in this beefcake issue. But openly mocking a 6-foot-9 behemoth of hockey brutality probably isn't all that healthy, in a "let the Wookie win" sort of way.