In another lifetime, Marshawn Lynch would’ve been one helluva hockey player. For now, we can only imagine what Beast Mode would add to the Stanley Cup-contending Colorado Avalanche.
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) January 21, 2021
Lynch, the former NFL star, joined former NHL player and anti-racism advocate Akim Aliu for a skate earlier this month and the results are predictably as entertaining as you’d imagine.
“It’s a whole different animal, bruh,” Lynch exclaimed as he did a lap in an Avalanche practice jersey.
Y’all can’t see me on this frozen wata either. You already know I’m from that IceCity. https://t.co/yhQoJ3PDbR
— Shawn Lynch (@MoneyLynch) January 21, 2021
Lynch never lacks confidence and offered a bold proclamation via Aliu’s Instagram story before taking to the ice.
“What’s his name, Wayne Gretzky? Y’all heard that nickname before? Well I’m Shawn Gretzky, know what I’m talking ‘bout!”
Dreamer X Beastmode kickin’ it and watching some football. Hope y’all have a safe MLK weekend.!
Who do y’all got today? pic.twitter.com/9u2fnmrDHm
— Akim Aliu (@Dreamer_Aliu78) January 17, 2021
Aliu, a 2007 second-round pick of the Chicago Blackhawks, is one of the NHL’s leading anti-racism activists and a founding member of the Hockey Diversity Alliance. The 31-year-old shared his story of how he was racially abused by former Calgary Flames head coach Bill Peters during their shared tenure with the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs, casting a light on the toxicity of hockey culture more broadly. Aliu was also infamously hazed and ostracized by former Philadelphia Flyers forward Steve Downie while they both played for the OHL’s Windsor Spitfires.
Lynch retired from the NFL for good after the 2019 season following an illustrious career in which he earned five Pro Bowl selections, led the league in rushing touchdowns twice, and built a reputation as one of the toughest running backs to tackle in NFL history. Although Lynch is working on several projects at the moment, we’re all the way here for Beast Mode getting a look at the NHL — provided Aliu takes him for a few more skating sessions first.
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