Top 7 Actors, Characters on the Chicago Blackhawks
The Top 7 Characters on the Chicago Blackhawks
The Chicago Blackhawks marketing team has struck again. The creative geniuses behind BHTV and, by extension, the hilariously bad Blackhawks Holiday Sing-Along video have come out with a new holiday video, this time putting the members of the Blackhawks in ridiculous movie costumes while they flatly read their lines to the camera. It's about as bad and funny as you can imagine. Hockey players should stick to playing hockey.
But that brought up another question. Who of those guys is the best actor or character worthy of a Hollywood performance? That's what this list is about. For this list, we'll count down the top seven actors and characters on this Blackhawks team. And no, that does not count diving or acting for the refs. These are the guys with enough personality and chops to make any Hollywood superstar or diva blush. And, oh yes, some decent acting skills help. And why top seven? Because five was not enough.
So, that leaves out a few guys, but brings in some interesting ... well, characters. An honorable mention goes out to Michael Kostka, who's a dead ringer of Chris Hemsworth as Thor and even went as the Marvel Comics character for Halloween, but sadly hasn't done much with the Blackhawks this year no thanks to injuries. And because the Blackhawks PR department gave him some lousy lines to read in the video, they missed out on giving him a chance to unleash his inner God of Thunder. At least some guys got good lines to read.
But, there cannot be much more said about who's on this list and who's not, because well, spoilers! So let's get started, here are the top seven actors on this Chicago Blackhawks' squad!
7. Brandon Bollig
Brandon Bollig is an interesting case. The biggest reason he's on here is because he's the only Blackhawk with legitimate acting experience, playing 12-year-old Will Cross in the 2002 Western movie "Defiance" (not the Daniel Craig vehicle, sorry). There's also his mic'd up video at the convention that must be seen to believe. But he's also a heck of a character on the ice, and was the star of his own spoof video made by Bauer Hockey where he tried to stick-handle like Patrick Kane. Stick to being an enforcer, Brandon. You're a bigger character on the ice.
6. Bryan Bickell
Bryan Bickell is mostly quiet on the ice, but watch what happens when the big guy scores a goal. Plus, he looked absolutely incredulous he didn't get the role in Taxi Driver that made Robert De Niro famous. Still, Bickell is a solid performer out on the ice, preferring to let his play determine his character.
5. Duncan Keith
Duncan Keith is another one of those guys who lets his play determine his character, but who can forget his 2013 rally speech asking the city to live the day with him and his teammates AS LIONS! Okay, all joking aside, Keith prefers to keep it low, but that's not a bad thing. He'll always be the most dependable guy on the ice.
4. Andrew Shaw
Sadly, Andrew Shaw's acting talents are a little suspect, what with only saying the famous "Wax on, wax off" lines from Karate Kid, but there's little doubt Shaw's a character on the ice. He's a pest and a good scorer, finding his way to the net and getting under the skin of many an opponent. Perhaps if he was given better lines it would have been better.
3. Corey Crawford
Corey Crawford is here mainly because of that infamous speech from the previously-mentioned rally. A couple F-bombs aside, you have to expect the goalie to be lively, since he's got all the pressure on him but he doesn't get to do much on the ice. Might as well make his presence known somehow! That tussle he got into with the Los Angeles Kings during the Western Conference Finals should be a good example.
2. Kris Versteeg
Ah, Kris Versteeg. Who can forget his side-splitting rap at the 2010 parade and rally? Verbeauty endeared himself to many a Blackhawks fan with his electrifying play and personality. He quotes Fergie, sings "Sweet Caroline" and plays a nice Slim Shady in a pastiche of 8 Mile, where he raps once again. He may have been away for a few years, but there was no doubt fans missed Versteeg's play and antics.
1. Patrick Kane
If there was any doubt Patrick Kane would end up at the top of this list, it must have been minuscule. Yes, Kaner is a heck of a character, which has its good and bad sides. It's always fun to watch him liven it up on and off the ice, especially after he scores a goal or makes noise during a rally. On the bad side, it's gotten him in trouble in the tabloids and other folks. But he's still an electrifying force on the ice. And he's got some decent acting chops, too! Perhaps he would have made a better Anakin Skywalker than Hayden Christiansen. The fans can only dream...