Here’s the NHL’s latest ad in the “History Will Be Made” series, starring stickhandling wizard Daniel Sedin, and if last Friday’s game-winner didn’t give you the warm fuzzies in real time, it definitely does when slowed down. Mind you, almost anything is inspirational if you slow it down and set it to piano noodling, but it helps when your source material is this beautiful.
I love the reverse angle the NHL used in the clip, because you see how wizardous Daniel’s movements are here. There’s so much to appreciate: the way he cuts right across the blue line; the way he just narrowly dodges Keith’s poke check; the way he backs Keith off by faking a pass to Burrows; the way, after all that movement, he whips an effortless wrist shot like it’s nothing. It’s so good it’s stupid.
Initial pride aside, however, the timing of this ad is cause for alarm. Last season, in game five of the Canucks-Blackhawks series, Kevin Bieksa scored a game-winning goal that the NHL saw fit to slow down and set to music. What happened next? Bieksa followed up his history-making performance with a terrible game six, finishing minus-2 with zero shots (of his six attempts, five were blocked). It might not have been double slide bad, but it was bad. There’s only one explanation for such a sudden regression: obviously, Bieksa was cursed.
Can Daniel Sedin overcome the Canucks’ History Will Be Made curse?
If Daniel Sedin has a bad game tonight, there will be no other recourse than to sound the curse alarm and write nasty letters to the folks that put this otherwise lovely video together. Being featured in one of these ads may very well be the equivalent of getting voodoo-dolled by the NHL marketing department.Tags: curses, Daniel, history will be made, NHL playoffs, Wizardous Sedinerie