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Hockey and popular culture go hand-in-hand in a lot of areas, from television shows to movies to music. The sport is a part of all walks every day life in all parts of the world.
The year 2015 showed us many areas where hockey was involved in many different types of pop culture. There were famous fans cheering on teams, late-night show skits that involved the game, and a famous film where hockey was one of the main plotlines.
Here are the Top 10 best pop culture hockey moments of 2015. Please list anyone we missed, or your own list, in the comments!
During the New York Rangers’ 2015 Stanley Cup playoff run to the Eastern Conference Final, some cast members of the movie/television series “Entourage” were often spotted and shown on the jumbotron at Madison Square Garden, cheering on the Blueshirts. Before Game 4 of the series, Rangers forward Rick Nash got an advanced screening set up for the team through “Entourage” creator Doug Ellin, who also happens to be a New York Islanders fan.
The Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning faced off in the Kraft Hockeyville game in Johnstown, Pennsylvania in the preseason. The location held special significance because it was where some scenes from the hockey classic “Slap Shot” were filmed. There were all sorts of references to the movie, but none better than Malkin wearing glasses like one of the original Hanson Brothers from the film.
8. Patrick Kane distracted by Taylor Swift
In July, a story was revealed about how Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane cost his team a goal in his rookie year because he was distracted by Taylor Swift in the crowd. From Second City Hockey.
Another, rather topical story: rookie Kane lost his guy on the backcheck, leading to a goal against. Savard yelled at him that he must have been distracted, looking at two pretty blonde girls who were sitting behind the bench.
After the game Kane was late getting to the team bus because he was talking to the same girls and got yelled at again. The next day Kane went to Savard’s office to give his defense: "You know who the two girls were? One of them was Taylor Swift."
Savard still didn’t know who Taylor Swift was and had to ask his wife.
7. Scott Wedgewood’s "Seinfeld" mask
Wedgewood’s mask had to one of the greatest pop culture New Jersey Devils references of all time with a David Puddy design. Wedgewood is currently manning goal for the Albany Devils of the American Hockey League. Below is the mask and the famous Puddy scene from the TV show "Seinfeld."
Versteeg is known for his musical skills. These were back on display when he sang Macklemore at Chicago’s Stanley Cup parade this past year with teammate Joakim Nordstrom. In Chicago’s first Cup, Versteeg rapped LMFAO.
5. Hockey Wives
The television show on the W Network followed the lives of Paige Getzlaf (wife of Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf), Angela Price (wife of Montreal Canadiens star goaltender Carey Price) and Nicole Brown (wife of Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown) amongst others.
4. Alex Ovechkin’s birthday gift
The Washington Capitals superstar turned 30 in September, and was given a sheep on Russian television.
Johnson responded that he didn’t know the 22-year-old aspiring actress named Mallory Santic.
2. Jimmy Fallon’s superlatives
Fallon compared Ovechkin to a villain from a James Bond movie in his superlatives early in the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs and went back for more in the Stanley Cup Final, ripping on the Lightning and Blackhawks.
1. Inside Out
The animated movie, which included the voices of Bill Hader and Amy Poehler involved hockey to a major degree. Riley, one of the human characters in the film, moved from Minnesota to San Francisco and much of the film involved her adventures in the sport.
Tomorrow: Top 10 shootout AND 3-on-3 goals of 2015
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