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Chicago Blackhawks As Pokemon Characters

By Colin Likas
Apr 17, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook (7) celebrates scoring a goal during the first period in game three of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the St. Louis Blues at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 17, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook (7) celebrates scoring a goal during the first period in game three of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the St. Louis Blues at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /
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A Pokemon fad is re-sweeping the nation, and it’s even affecting your Chicago Blackhawks

Pokemon Go. It’s … something, right? For those of you uninitiated, Pokemon Go is a recently-released cell phone game that has taken the nation by storm. It’s been out since July 6, and people have more or less lost their minds over it.

The game lets you hunt for and capture Pokemon by just walking around everyday locales. So you could find a Pokemon in your home, your workplace or a random parking lot. Or you could find a Pokemon in the Holocaust Museum and (rightfully) piss off a ton of people. To each his or her own.

Regardless of whether your like, hate or have no feelings about Pokemon Go, there’s no doubt it has renewed interest in Pokemon, which first gained popularity in America during the late 1990s and early 2000s. With that in mind, we figured we’d apply the animal-like series to the Chicago Blackhawks.

I’m going to look at the original 150 Pokemon and see which of them are most like some current Blackhawks. So you’re sure to like this post as much as you like Pokemon Go.

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Mar 20, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) with the puck during the first period against the Minnesota Wild at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /

Patrick Kane — Pikachu

This one is pretty easy.

Pikachu is a rodent-like Pokemon with electric-based abilities. He’s probably the most well-known Pokemon, serving as the first-ever Pokemon of aspiring Pokemon master Ash Ketchum. Pikachu was an easily-recognizable part of the American version of the Pokemon television show.

Kane is an electric player on the ice, doing things that surprise everyone except him. He’s also a pretty small hockey player, compared to others he skates with on a nightly basis. You wouldn’t think someone so slight of size would be so capable of impressing on the ice, but that’s just how Kane is — similar to Pikachu in a battle of Pokemon. He’s also becoming one of the most easily-recognizable American hockey players.

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Jan 26, 2016; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes forward Kris Versteeg (32) tries to control the puck against Chicago Blackhawks forward Artemi Panarin (72) during the second period at PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports /

Artemi Panarin — Poliwhirl

There isn’t a bread-based Pokemon in the original 150, so I’m going a different direction for Panarin. Poliwhirl is a water Pokemon that uses a spiral on its stomach to confuse enemies before beating the crap out of them.

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Panarin, in one NHL season, confused his opponents with playmaking abilities matched by very few athletes. He’d then snap his opponents out of their daze by scoring, or setting up a teammate for an easy strike. On top of that, Panarin can be a bit of a fighter when an opponent goes after one of his teammates. He actually shares a lot of the attributes of Poliwhirl (and he’s too young to be a Poliwrath, the evolved version of Poliwhirl).

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