NHL Christmas Card Battle: 7 teams bring joy

Check this out, as no other team brings in the Holiday season like the San Jose Sharks.

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!

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