The Star Wars franchise is one of the most financially successful film series of all time. Its popularity, which extends across several generations (from 1977 to 2016 and beyond), is unparalleled in the world of cinema. This prompted the Walt Disney Company to purchase Lucasfilm Ltd. for over $4 billion back in 2012, a purchase that has proved to be money in the bank for the media conglomerate that “makes dreams come true.”
Both Star Wars and the NHL provide us with heroes. And in a very real way, as George Orwell wrote, heroes “fill up the horizon of [our] minds.” The parallels between Maple Leaf Square in Toronto and Victory Square in Oceania are more than apparent for those that have read 1984; we’ll save that for another day. Today we‘ll focus on heroes and keep things both light and positive.
The following is a meld (which may seemed “forced” at times) of the Top 15 NHLers as Star Wars Characters.
15 Ray Bourque as Han Solo
14 Jaromir Jagr as Lando Calrissian
13 Alexandre Daigle as a Stormtrooper
12 Brent Burns as Chewbacca
11 Phil Kessel as Jabba the Hut
10 Jonathan Toews as Poe Dameron
9 Connor McDavid as Kylo Ren
8 The Zamboni as R2-D2
7 Eric Lindros as Darth Vader
6 Alex Ovechkin as Boba Fett
5 Bob Mackenzie as C-3PO
4 Gordie Howe as Yoda
3 Bobby Orr as Obi-Wan Kenobi
2 Wayne Gretzky as Luke Skywalker
1 Gary Bettman as The Emperor
After 14 huge leaps in logic, pushing the envelope, stretching the mind to compare hockey players to science fiction characters, it comes down to this – the obvious. Viewing Gary Bettman as the evil Emperor from the Star Wars franchise is, thankfully, easy. You can almost hear the Imperial March every time his name is announced over a loud speaker, met with boos and hisses from oppressed hockey fans. “As the Emperor wills it, so shall it be.”
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