Ever since the 2011 Chicago Blackhawks went viral with their hilariously cheesy sing-a-long Christmas album sketch, we’ve come to expect the horrible acting and wonderful spirit displayed by NHL teams in the holiday season.
Here’s a rundown of the digital Christmas cards released by NHL clubs this winter.
Team: Boston Bruins Concept: The Bear & the Gang’s Christmas Spectacular references ’80s sitcoms with a wink, and the intro is as long as the show itself Highlight: Zdeno Chara hiding creepily behind the Christmas tree Santa’s rating: Ho! Ho! Ho! Ho!
Team: Nashville Predators Concept: Miming instruments to the tune of Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s “The Lost Christmas Eve” against a Gravity-esque backdrop. Odd. Highlight: Seth Jones strumming on a guitar with more necks than a turkey farm Santa’s rating: Ho! Ho!
Team: Pittsburgh Penguins Concept: Biting the Blackhawks’ style, the Penguins hock a cornball Christmas CD, A Great Holiday for Hockey Vol. 1, unavailable at thisisafakecd.com. Highlight: Jokinen plugging “Do Jussi What I See?” Santa’s rating: Ho! Ho! Ho!
Team: San Jose Sharks Concept: Peering in on the Sharks’ office party for a full six minutes, complete with analysis Highlight: Brent Burns’ gift-unwrapping style: “He’s all over the place… he’s eating the paper.” Santa’s rating: Ho! Ho! Ho! Ho!
Team: St. Louis Blues Concept: Taking a hatchet to “Twelve Days of Christmas” Highlight: Vladimir Tarasenko: “Eleven lessons English!” Santa’s rating: Ho! Ho! Ho!
Team: Vancouver Canucks Concept: Players get interviewed about their favourite holiday traditions, gifts Highlight: Making sure Daniel and Henrik wore matching ugly sweaters for the occasion Santa’s rating: Ho! Ho!
Team: Washington Capitals Concept: Alex Ovechkin recruits teammates and ridiculous toy instruments to rock out to “Jingle Bells” Highlight: Joel Ward absolutely Clarence Clemonsing the stuffing out of that bright pink inflatable saxophone Santa’s rating: Ho! Ho! Ho!