Sports Top 10 Best Hockey Commercials of All Time
Canadiens leave Carey Price unprotected for Seattle expansion draft
The Canadiens have submitted their protected list for the Seattle Kraken expansion draft to the NHL and Carey Price is not on it. General manager Marc Bergevin had the option of protecting seven forwards, three defencemen and one goalie or eight skaters (forwards or defencemen) and one goalie. He went with the first option and protected goalie Jake Allen instead of Price. The NHL released the expansion draft protected lists on Sunday morning. Price, 33, has five seasons remaining on his eight-year, US$84-million contract with an annual salary-cap hit of $10.5 million.
Hockey has a great history of fantastic commercials. Here's a look at 10 of the best.
Ads for hockey have been around for decades and like anything else in the game, a few stand out above the rest.
The ads for the game have gone for humor, tugged on the heart-strings emotions and have been just straight-up weird.
But these 10 are among the better ones that have aired:
Nike Hockey: Don't Fence Me In
Remember when Nike had a hockey division? In the 1990s and 2000s, Nike had some of the best marketing and it included a few NHL names.
The Hockey News Podcast: 2021 NHL Entry Draft Preview
Projecting the top five picks; predicting late-round steals; our picks of which players might be traded during the draft; and much more. © Provided by Hockey News on Sports Illustrated This week on The Hockey News Podcast, with senior writers Ryan Kennedy and Matt Larkin: It's a special preview episode for the 2021 NHL entry draft, including:- Projecting the top five selections- Is the 2021 draft class relatively "weak"?- Will we see more busts and steals this year because of COVID-19's impact on scouting?- Who will be the steal of the draft in the mid-to-late rounds?- Predicting which prominent player(s
This 2000s ad with Markus Naslund and Ilya Kovalchuck was by far one of their bests. The two stars decided that the puck leaving the ice surface doesn't mean that the game needed to stop, with the two going through the streets, a kitchen, and a hotel before getting the action going again.
Editor's Note: Special shoutout to the incredible Nike goalie commercials.
Boston Bruins: Never Leave Early
In the early 2010s, the Boston Bruins wanted to remind their fans that you should never leave a game early to beat traffic by very violent means. The Bruins used their mascot in a few more ads but the rest were far less aggressive than this one.
McDonalds: Mini Star Sticks
Most know Darren Pang as the shortest goalie of the NHL's modern era, but thanks to McDonald's', we were introduced to one even smaller: JC Petite. The lines in the ad may have been more memorable than the actual sticks that McDonald's actually sold at the restaurants.
Who will go No. 1 at 2021 NHL Draft? Owen Power, Luke Hughes among 10 candidates for top spot
The NHL Draft will be held virtually July 23-24.There was no player that everyone had to know before the year. There was not going to be a #FallinForDahlin, #LoseForHughes, or even a #FailForNail tanking slogan. This was always going to be a draft in which there would be a year-long, thorough discussion about who deserved to become the 58th No. 1 pick in NHL Draft history.
Lays : Mark Messier Betcha Can't Eat Just One
"Betcha Can't Eat Just One" was a catchphrase that lasted for years with the Lays brand. For a long time, Mark Messier was the biggest face of the campaign.
How is no one else trying to get Messier away from the kid who had a seemingly endless list of memorabilia for him to sign?
ESPN: Gordie Howe This Is Sportscenter
ESPN's "This is Sportscenter" ads had the biggest athletes in the world coming through Bristol most of the time in full uniform. Did it matter if the players were active or retired? Absolutely not, which made these ads even funnier.
The late, great Gordie Howe showing up only to be ignored by Keith Olbermann and showing his displeasure for it is one of the better ones.
NHL: No Words
We already know that the Stanley Cup is one of the hardest trophies to win in sports, but this ad is brilliant. It shows just how much emotion goes into finally reaching hockey's pinnacle in a simple fashion.
Veteran defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson retires
The career of one of the best defensive defensemen of the modern era is coming to an end, as Arizona unrestricted free agent Niklas Hjalmarsson is set to retire. Morgan notes that the humble veteran is unlikely to make a formal announcement, but multiple sources have confirmed that Hjalmarsson’s NHL career has ended. © Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports While Hjalmarsson is still a capable pro, this move should not come as much of a surprise. The 34-year-old has been in decline over the last few years, more or less since leaving the Chicago Blackhawks in 2017.
From the biggest names to Brett Hull, Mark Messier and others, once you've won it, it can be overwhelming to explain what it truly means to win something that everyone works for years in the game to finally reach.
McDonalds: Wayne Gretzky and Mats Sundin Big Mac commercial
McDonalds gets a second mention on this list but it's well deserved. The fast food giant put a hockey spin on the basketball commercial that saw Larry Bird and Michael Jordan battling for a Big Mac.
The hockey version of horse that saw Wayne Gretzky and Mats Sundin battling it out for lunch was just as absurd as the basketball one yet still charming and hilarious.
NHL: Roadtrip commercial
What happens when you let the stars from every team in the NHL left to their own devices in a hotel?
You get one of the best hockey ads ever made! Between Alex Ovechkin ordering enough food for Sidney Crosby's room to feed an entire province or Ryan Miller and Roberto Luongo pranking Marty Turco, there are gems in every bit of this.
Brownstein: Montreal Canadiens brand takes seismic blast
One-time Montreal Gazette sports columnist Michael Farber put it best years ago with this analogy: “Only two institutions in Western civilization truly grasp ceremony: the House of Windsor and the Montreal Canadiens.” Times change — on both sides of the pond. But by ceremony on this side, Farber was referencing truly top-tier events, with polish and panache and all available state-of-the-art tech, at the old Forum and Bell Centre to mark anniversaries, jersey and player retirements and feats of glory — like winning Stanley Cups. The team would then trot out a Who’s Who of Habs icons on to the ice to help celebrate and leave fans of Les Glorieux in a frenzied state.
Dunkin Donuts: Inside The Bubble With Dunkin
Dunkin brought many back to their childhoods when it came to a commercial involving Bubble Hockey.
TJ Oshie and David Pastrnak lending their voices to a CGI ad is a nice touch.
CCM: Alex Ovechkin U+ Crazy Light Skate
I would have loved to be in the meeting room for when this commercial was pitched. Alex Ovechkin's head, just his head asking a student if he got the U+ Crazy Light Skates? Weed wasn't legal back then.
One of the more unique ads you'll see in hockey but it also shows off the personality of Alex The Great, sans most of his body.
The Hockey News Podcast: Featuring Seth and Caleb Jones .
In a special episode, the blueline siblings discuss the off-season trades that made them NHL teammates and much more. © Provided by Hockey News on Sports Illustrated Chicago Blackhawks via Twitter On a special episode of The Hockey News Podcast, Chicago Blackhawks defensemen and brothers Seth and Caleb Jones join senior writer Matt Larkin to discuss a variety of topics, including: - Why Seth committed to the Blackhawks on a long-term deal - Their reactions to becoming teammates after both were traded this off-season- Training and living together- Seth's venture into the Hemp and CBD business as a br