September 29, 2010
As avid fans of Chicago sports, Dan and Angie Adams decided to add a twist to the traditional introduction of the bride and groom parties at their wedding reception: Having them enter wearing team apparel, dancing to songs like the Bears' "Super Bowl Shuffle."
Eventually, it was time for hockey's appearance in the intros; and this is what happens when you invite hockey to your wedding reception (video):
Kudos to the DJ for playing "Here Come the Hawks" rather than the ubiquitous "Chelsea Dagger," the Blackhawks' goal song made famous in another viral video hit recently. For the record: This is only the second-strangest wedding moment involving the Red Wings this year.
The original plan for Scott Hall, the Best Man, and Kelly Demakis, Maid of Honor and sister-of-the-bride, was to have both wearing Chicago Blackhawks jerseys, as the groom is a season-ticket holder. But Hall vetoed that, deciding to instead honor one of the NHL's greatest rivalries.
One problem: Both Hall and Demakis are Blackhawks fans themselves. "I'm not putting on a Detroit jersey," she recalled saying. So Hall offered his vintage Chris Chelios(notes) Chicago sweater to Demakis, swallowed his pride and wore his friend's Nicklas Lidstrom(notes) Red Wings Winter Classic jersey onto the dance floor. But the fashion choices were only the first part of the plan.
"He said, 'Well, let's fight,'" said Demakis, a graphic designer by trade. "He said, 'Do whatever you want. Don't hold back.' And I said, 'I won't.' Because I always wanted to get into a hockey fight, and this was probably my only chance."
As the video, first found by Houses Of The Hockey, shows, the only thing she held was Hall's jersey as she stripped him of it. "I was worried she wasn't going to beat me up pretty good. But she did." said Hall. The fight was so effective in its faux-intensity that, according to Hall, Demakis' child ran up to her crying after it was over, worried she had gotten into a real altercation.
Although the video was just uploaded to YouTube, the "wedding brawl" reception occurred on March 13 at the Hyatt Lisle in Illinois, a few months before the Blackhawks won their first Stanley Cup since 1961. Was the fight's result prophetic? "I kinda think that by me winning this fight, I determined that they'd win the Cup," Demakis said, with a laugh. "Of course. It was all me."
Hall's wish, now that the video's going viral? That at some point while defending their title this season, this clip ends up on the United Center scoreboard during a Blackhawks game -- and, in particular, one against the Red Wings.