Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 06/21/12 at 12:11 PM ET
from Adrian Dater of Sports Illustrated,
Of course, the only word that applies is “absurd” in trying to explain how and why the NHL’s Awards show is now staged in this city every year. Months of struggle and work by still mostly small-town prairie boys ends with a coronation in the most garish, un-hockey place on earth: Las Vegas.
The most self-conscious of all major sports, its players taught to never attract the spotlight to themselves, somehow takes its final bow in a place of outlandish, outsized neon self-promotion.
Maybe it’s not all that surprising though, really. Hockey people work so hard at staying humble 363 days a year in freezing cold rinks, maybe it’s only natural that they’d want to put orange lampshades on their heads and slosh around blazing hot sidewalks with open containers for the other two days.
Much like this year’s show—from the baggy-eyed, flat opening monologue of Matthew Perry to the hysterical Brendan Shanahan impersonator sketches—this whole Vegas hockey act works and ... doesn’t.
First off, what worked:
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