Hockey's 15 Worst TV Commercials of All Time

Nicholas GossCorrespondent IOctober 7, 2012

Hockey's 15 Worst TV Commercials of All Time

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    Hockey players have featured in quite a few funny commercials, but the large majority of them that have done advertisements haven't enjoyed the same success.

    Some athletes are perfect for commercials and other types of endorsements, while others look uncomfortable and make these scenes awkward.

    Let's look at hockey's 15 worst commercials of all-time.

Paul Kariya

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    The only good thing about this commercial is the old Mighty Ducks of Anaheim jersey that Paul Kariya is wearing. It's one of my favorite jerseys from the 1990s.

    There are better ways to explain that practice makes perfect than using a knife to shoot peas across a restaurant at people.

Wayne Gretzky

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    Have you ever wondered why the Phoenix Coyotes don't have many fans? This commercial will help you understand.

Sidney Crosby

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    I bet Dempster's Bread paid a lot of money to Sidney Crosby in order to get him for this commercial, yet they only used him briefly at the end.

    The commercial wasn't even that bad until the end, when Crosby's awkward interaction with the little kid happens.

Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane

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    Chicago Blackhawks stars Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane are a fantastic combo on the ice, but they don't have that same chemistry as actors.

    This commercial is so awful it actually becomes funny as you watch it multiple times. It's clearly the worst performance of these players' careers.

Bobby Hull

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    This is just a really weird commercial, and not how I would imagine anyone endorsing a product. Chicago Blackhawks legend Bobby Hull makes a short appearance at the end, but adds very little to the commercial.

    Even though many hockey players wear their jerseys in commercials, I don't think Bobby wore his Blackhawks sweater to breakfast very often.

Ron Hextall

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    Ron Hextall provided hockey fans with a quite a few interesting moments throughout his career, and this commercial is certainly one of them.

    Most of the commercial is just Hextall making some easy saves with pucks being shot right at him, then he gives us a forgettable catchphrase, "You don't have to be sweet to be good."

    From a marketing standpoint, this commercial must have done very little to convince people to drink Canada Dry.

Mario Lemieux

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    Everything about this commercial is just bad. I don't know how else to describe it.

    Mario Lemieux holding the kid up is a bit awkward, and the catchphrase at the end, "Come watch the Pens grow, then go watch your kids grow," is one of the worst I have ever heard.

Lanny McDonald

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    Former Calgary Flames star Lanny McDonald stars in a commercial that is almost as bad as Hungry Man frozen dinners taste.

    However, this commercial wasn't too awful until the very end, when it goes downhill.

Alex Ovechkin

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    Oh my goodness. This commercial is so terrible and might be the worst thing Alexander Ovechkin has ever done.

    If I ran Easterns Automotive Group, I'd be embarrassed to see this on YouTube for the world to watch.

Wayne Gretzky

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    Wayne Gretzky has done a lot of remarkable things in his life, but sadly, this commercial is not one of them.

    Not only does the former Edmonton Oilers star do a poor job of convincing us that we should buy 7 Up, he drinks a soda after working out, which we all know is what you should drink after a few reps on the bench press machine.

Adam Oates

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    Adam Oates had a wonderful NHL career and will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame later this year, but this commercial was one of the lowlights of his career.

    The potential was there, but the writing was just awful.

Mike Bossy

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    Mike Bossy is a Hall of Famer and a four-time Stanley Cup champion with the New York Islanders, but even he couldn't save this Dunkin' Donuts commercial from being a complete disaster.

    Fortunately for Dunkin' Donuts, their recent ad campaigns are much better.

E Harmony

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    If anyone was thinking about using E Harmony's web site at the time that this advertisement aired, they probably decided to find a different site after watching this awkward commercial.

Georges Laraque

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    Former Montreal Canadiens enforcer Georges Laraque had a few funny lines in this commercial, but the acting was just horrific.

    His sense of humor is fantastic, which makes this commercial quite disappointing because it should have been so much better.

Turbo Tax

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    I'm very surprised that Turbo Tax couldn't come up with anything better to convince people to use their product during tax season than this awful commercial.

    If Turbo Tax really wanted to do a hockey commercial, why didn't they get an NHL star to feature in it?