With “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” being released in the United States earlier this week, I thought I would mash up two of my favorite things: Star Wars and the Chicago Blackhawks. Can you imagine certain players as Han Solo or Luke Skywalker? (There will be no spoilers in this post.)
So here it is folks, a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, Blackhawks players as Star Wars characters.
Coach Joel Quenneville as Admiral Ackbar: Admiral Ackbar is the Rebel Leader in the original movies. He leads the Rebels into battle and gives the orders to help win the battle. Coach Quenneville as the coach in Chicago has directed the Blackhawks to many victories, including three Stanley Cups.
Patrick Kane as Luke Skywalker: As anyone who seen Star Wars knows, Luke Skywalker saves the day in “Star Wars: A New Hope” and “Return of the Jedi.” Skywalker is scrawny farmboy from the middle of nowhere who rises to be a star in the Rebellion. Skywalker goes from a young rube to a Jedi Knight by the end of the Return of Jedi. Skywalker would destroy two Death Stars, defeat Emperor Palpatine and help Darth Vader redeem himself. Kane works as Skywalker because of their eerily similar beginnings. Kane was a scrawny young man from Buffalo, New York. He came to the NHL at young age and helped the Blackhawks win three Stanley Cup championships. They vanquished enemies such the L.A. Kings, Detroit Red Wings and Vancouver Canucks. Kane has two goals to win Stanley Cups, which is saving the day like Luke Skywalker. He is now the mentor on the ice to Artemi Panarin.
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Jonathan Toews as Han Solo: Solo rushes into a fight for Skywalker. He saves Skywalker on multiple occasions and knows how to get the Rebels out of several bad situations. He has life experience and the fastest ship in the galaxy. Solo is a gunslinger who is not afraid to shoot first — Solo did shoot first against Greedo. As Princess Leia says in “A New Hope,” “I knew there was more to you than money.” Toews has bailed out the Blackhawks multiple times. He has helped them win three Stanley Cup championships and saved the Blackhawks and Kane from bad situations on the ice. Toews is mature like Solo but can be funny like Solo — for example, in the “More you know” ads at the United Center. There is more to Toews than money as Toews took the same contract as Kane to stay with the Blackhawks.
Brent Seabrook as Chewbacca: Chewbacca is a loyal partner of Han Solo. Chewbacca helps Solo out of many jams, and they fight side by as the Rebels defeat the Empire. Seabrook is the Chewbacca of the Blackhawks. Remember Seabrook went to Toews as he sat in the penalty box against the Detroit Red Wings in a 2013 playoff game. Seabrook told Toews to stop thinking so much and go be himself. Toews, like Solo, would rebound and save series.
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Andrew Shaw as R2-D2: R2-D2 is a small troublemaker who helps Skywalker, Solo and others defeat the Empire. The Empire, along with Jabba the Hutt, took R2-D2 for granted, and that did not work out for them. That is similar to how people view Shaw. Shaw is a small troublemarker who makes teams pay in the clutch. Ask the Boston Bruins about his shinpads.
Marian Hossa as Boba Fett: Boba Fett is a popular mercenary bounty hunter. He is a legend in the Star Wars universe. Fett works for Jabba the Hutt and the Empire. Hossa played for the Ottawa Senators and Atlanta Thrashers before playing for Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings. While Fett met his end with Jabba the Hutt, Hossa would find a home with the Blackhawks and beome a legend with them.
That is my Blackhawks players as Star Wars characters. What are yours? Let us know in the comments section.