September 21, 2009
"You're not going to ruin the salary cap situation here, are you baby? Because all of a sudden I'm really starting to get interested in this team again, and what I am I supposed to do if your contract makes everybody hopped up enough to make some bad decisions next summer?
"Look, I don't want you to be the guy in the PG-13 movie everyone's really hoping wins the Stanley Cup. I want you to be like the guy in the rated R movie; you know, the guy you're not sure whether or not you want to see win the Cup. Okay? You're a bad man, Marian. And you're money. You know what else? You're a big winner, Marian. Well, outside of the finals."
Vince Vaughn has been jockeying to become the official celebrity mascot of the Chicago Blackhawks since around the Winter Classic last season, when he was photographed in the depths of depression having to share a box with Gary Bettman. And who wouldn't want Vaughn in their corner; would you rather have Spike Lee courtside or Trent from "Swingers" in your locker room? We're guessing the latter.
The Blackhawks invited Vaughn to their preseason game on Saturday night (part of a record-setting crowd), and he shared his thoughts on Blackhawks fandom, Marian Hossa(notes) and his new movie -- in which Vaughn, Jon Favreau, Jason Bateman and friends take a paid vacation. He also humors the 10,000th reference to making Gretzky's head bleed with professional panache.
Now make me a bicycle, clown. The Blackhawks must have been stunned by this celebrity encounter. "Wow, the guy from the 'Psycho' remake in our locker room."
Beyond hockey WAGs, are there any other celebrities currently in official mascot standing with NHL teams?