Predators’ Viktor Arvidsson reimagined as Overwatch character

Nashville Predators' Viktor Arvidsson (Keith Srakocic/AP)

Nashville Predators forward Viktor Arvidsson has enjoyed a breakout year that’s extended into a strong post-season and Stanley Cup Final so far.

The 24-year-old scored 31 goals as part of a 61-point campaign in 2016-17 and has added 13 more points as part of Nashville’s surprising Cup run, including three against Pittsburgh in their championship matchup.

His strong play has earned him deserved praise across the board from all over the hockey world, but Calgary Flames blogger and Twitter personality “@mikeFAIL” may have just offered the most distinct compliment Arvidsson — or any player across any sport — has ever received.

He turned the Swedish winger into an Overwatch character.

For those that don’t know, Overwatch is a popular first-person shooter video game from publisher/developer Blizzard that pits a team of six against each other. Its main hook lies in its 24 playable characters who all boast unique abilities.

“MikeFAIL” emulated the Overwatch character card to create one for Arvidsson, complete with his own hockey-themed abilities such as “On The Forecheck,” “Slapshot” and his ultimate attack, “Crash The Net.”

He even played off the Predators’ three star shoulder patch as a means of showing the character’s difficulty level to play – clever stuff.

The Predators are even with the Penguins through four games of the Stanley Cup Final. Game 5 goes Thursday at 8:00 p.m. ET on Sportsnet, Sportsnet NOW and CBC.


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