The New York Rangers' run to the Stanley Cup Final gave hockey fans a chance to properly observe the idiosyncracies of Mats Zuccarello: his strange, seemingly inefficient upright skating style, his curious haircut, his long hockey stick, his propensity for crashing into things seemingly unnecessarily. The Norwegian-born winger is impossible to miss on the ice; he's a distinctive player.
Which makes him ripe for parody, and on Friday, former Edmonton Oiler Patrick Thoresen did just that, skating a shift as his fellow countryman at Norway's Right to Play All-Star Game.
It's an impression that would make Bill Hader proud, especially once Thoresen starts that open-ice sprint through the neutral zone.
And hopefully, this can be the thing Thoresen becomes best-known for here in North America. Until now, it was his stint which the Philadelphia Flyers, and most notably, the testicle he lost blocking a Mike Green shot as a member of the Flyers in 2008.
Right to Play is “a global organization that uses the transformative power of play to educate and empower children facing adversity." Zucarello, just the seventh Norwegian-born hockey player to make the NHL, is an ambassadaor for the athletic charity.