Hockey fans pull off magic trick

Blair Johnson
Yahoo! Sports Minute Blog

Their real names are a secret. In hockey circles, they are known simply as Sully and Force aka The Green Men. They're the guys who show up to Vancouver Canucks home games in full-body spandex suits and sit next to the opponent's penalty box. Their mission: to irritate and distract visiting players in as creative and entertaining fashion as possible. Quite often, they succeed. The pair has been doing this for four seasons now. Monday night, they unveiled a new trick. Literally.

With Chicago in town, Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson found himself in the sin bin for charging Daniel Sedin during the 13:05 mark of the first period. That's when it was time for Sully and Force to do their best David Copperfield impression. The dynamic duo covered up one side of the box with a green (of course) sheet - only to reveal a female Canucks fan moments later. But it wasn't just any NHL fan. The young lady happened to be Sophie Tweed-Simmons, daughter of Gene Simmons from the band KISS and model/actress Shannon Tweed (who grew up in Canada). She performed the national anthem prior to the game. Vancouver went on to beat Chicago 3-1 to clinch the team's fifth straight Northwest Division title, the longest active division streak in the NHL.

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