NHL: A Fictional Character to Represent Each Team
We decided to get a little more creative when coming up with our fictional characters to represent each NHL team.
Think of this as kind of a "word association" game.
Without further ado, here is a fictional character to represent each NHL team.
This one's easy.
The Anaheim Ducks used to be the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.
The Mighty Ducks also happen to be the name of one of the most popular hockey movies ever made.
When I think of Boston, I think of a tough city, and that's well depicted in the 2006 movie "The Departed."
While the movie is about Whitey Bulgar and his crew, Leonardo DiCaprio's character is an undercover cop in Bulgar's crew.
He's a good guy pretending to be a bad guy, which seems pretty fitting for the Boston Bruins.
The Buffalo Sabres make us think of sabre-toothed tigers.
Probably the most recognizable sabre-toothed tiger character would be Diego, the sabre-toothed tiger from the "Ice Age" movies.
Of course, Denis Leary (the voice of Diego), probably wouldn't appreciate his character used for the Sabres, since he's a diehard Boston Bruins fan.
Who better to represent the Calgary Flames than Lumiere, the candelabra from Disney's "Beauty and the Beast?"
After all, he has three flames on him.
The Dark Riders are comic-book characters by Marvel Comics.
One of the Dark Riders was a character called Hurricane, whose power was that he could summon strong winds to fight his foes.
That's the perfect fictional representation for the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Chicago Blackhawks should be represented by a Native American chief.
One representation could be "Indian Chief" from "Blazing Saddles," played by Mel Brooks.
One of the enemies of the comic-book characters, the X-Men, is Avalanche, a villain who possesses the power to summon earthquakes.
He's a great representation for the NHL team who shares his name.
Columbus Blue Jackets
The Columbus Blue Jackets' original logo was a yellowjacket insect wearing a blue jacket, so it seems fitting that their fictional representation could be a yellowjacket as well.
Yellowjacket was a comic book character whose enemies tried to kill him with yellowjackets, but he found that he could control the insects.
Each member of the band Kiss had a fictional persona, and Paul Stanley's was "Starchild."
It seems logical that "Starchild" could represent the Dallas Stars club.
Detroit Red Wings
While the city of Detroit has experienced hard times during the economic recession, the city is known as Motor City.
Thus, a fitting fictional character for the Detroit Red Wings could be KITT, the artificially intelligent car from the series "Knight Rider."
Since the Edmonton Oilers are about oil, a good representation for them would be something else about oil.
How about the Clampetts from the Beverly Hillbillies? Oil was found on their property, so an oil company paid them to acquire the land.
Probably one of the most famous panthers is "The Pink Panther."
While "The Pink Panther" isn't actually a panther—it's a pink diamond—it seems fitting for the franchise in South Florida.
Los Angeles Kings
The Los Angeles Kings could be represented by any fictional king character.
Probably the most famous fictional king is the Burger King.
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When you think of the Minnesota Wild, you probably think of the Minnesota wilderness.
However, you could also think of "Wild Thing" from "Major League," who would be a great fictional character for the team.
After the Quebec Nordiques relocated to Colorado, the Montreal Canadiens became the only French-Canadien NHL team.
Therefore, their fictional representation should be French.
What better than the lovable cartoon French skunk Pepe Le Pew?
The Nashville Predators' logo depicts an animal predator, but their fictional representation should be "The Predator."
After all, they share the same name.
New Jersey Devils
The perfect fictional character for the New Jersey Devils is the comic-character-turned-movie-character "Hellboy."
Hellboy is a demon who appears evil but is actually good.
It's a nice sentiment.
New York Islanders
The New York Islanders play on an island, so their fictional representation should be island-dwellers as well.
Who are more famous island-dwellers than the cast of "Gilligan's Island?"
New York Rangers
The perfect fictional characters to represent the New York Rangers are the Power Rangers.
After all, the two share a name and the Power Rangers are children's heroes, which is a perfect sentiment.
A fitting representation of the Ottawa Senators would be a fictional senator.
A good match is Senator Alex P. Keaton, a tie-in on "Spin City" from Michael J. Fox's character on "Family Ties."
Plus, Fox was born in Canada, making it an even more perfect match.
There are many obvious fictional representations for the Philadelphia Flyers—there's Philadelphia's own "Rocky" or pretty much any bad guy.
However, we went with the cartoon characters Rocky and Bullwinkle.
After all, Rocky is a flying squirrel (Flyers) and Bullwinkle for the Broad Street Bullies.
The best representation of the Phoenix Coyotes would be Wile E. Coyote, the cartoon coyote who chased after the Roadrunner.
He's definitely the most famous coyote.
There are many penguin fictional characters that could be representations of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
We chose the Penguins from Madagascar as the team's fictional character.
San Jose Sharks
The obvious choice as the fictional representation for the San Jose Sharks would be "Jaws," but we decided to go with a less-frightening character for a kid-friendly audience.
Bruce, the shark from "Finding Nemo" is the perfect choice.
St. Louis Blues
The St. Louis Blues are called the "Blues" because of the music in the city.
However, the most famous "blues" might be the Smurfs, making them the obvious choice as the team's fictional characters.
Tampa Bay Lightning
The Tampa Bay Lightning are named after the weather phenomenon that often strikes the Tampa Bay area, also known as bolts.
So a fitting representation would be the movie character, "Bolt," especially since the team is sometimes nicknamed the "Bolts."
Toronto Maple Leafs
The Toronto Maple Leafs use maple leafs as their nickname since the maple leaf is the symbol of Canada.
Maples leaves come from maple trees, which produces the makings for Mrs. Butterworth's maple syrup.
The Vancouver Canucks are owned by Canucks Sports & Entertainment, formerly Orca Bay Sports & Entertainment.
One of their jerseys still features an orca, making it the obvious choice for a fictional representation.
One of the most famous orcae has to be Free Willy.
The Washington Capitals' nickname is not a tangible object, making it difficult to associate a fictional character with the name.
However, Capitals is often shortened to Caps, and the "Dumb Donald" character from the original Fat Albert was primarily a "cap," since his hat covered most of his face.
When people think of movies surrounding airplanes or jets, one of the first thoughts will probably go to "Top Gun."
Therefore, characters from the movie seem like they would be a good choice to represent the Winnipeg Jets.