Chris Higgins was the guest on Hockey Night in Canada After Hours Saturday, marking the third consecutive week that a Canuck has occupied the chair to Scott Oake’s right. March has already given us interviews with Dan Hamhuis and Kevin Bieksa, and Higgins’s turn in Oake’s awkward hot seat falls somewhere between the two, neither as wacky as Bieksa’s mug-and-quip-fest, nor as dry as the Hamhuis interview.
For the most part, the talk covers ground with which the majority of Canuck fans should already be familiar: Higgins’s service family, which includes his police officer brother and his firefighter father, the American Express line being good, and Higgins’s staph infection and subsequent struggles last January. But do not dismay, Canuck fans, because if there’s one thing that sets 10 minutes with Scott Oake apart from your standard hockey interview, it’s that Oake asks the questions you’re typically not supposed to ask. In this case, that means Higgins’s After Hours clip features a solid five minutes on his crazy abs.
The ab overload began when Oake showed the classic Higgins photo that made the rounds last November. ”I think that was actually hacked from David Booth’s phone,” Higgins quipped. And Booth wasn’t the only member of the Amex line that drew a Higgins burn. When asked who had the best abs on the team, Higgins cracked, ”Ryan’s got the best photoshopped ones, I’ll say that.”
I’d say we should expect his linemates to pass to him even less than usual next game, but I don’t think that’s possible.
The ab overload didn’t end there, as Oake made sure to share Guts McTavish‘s ab-grab from the Blue Jackets game earlier that night, in which Higgins was caught lifting his jersey to adjust his shorts. Since the man wears no undershirt, that meant further midsection exposure.
“A little equipment malfunction,” Higgins said, adding, “But I don’t think anybody minds, right?”
(It boggles my mind that his abs are so clearly defined, even on this crude screenshot. Seriously, what the heck. Between his sweet beard-growing ability and his supreme abdominals, Higgins is 10 times the man I’ll ever be. Plus he went to Yale, so I can’t even claim to be more learned. As Whitney Houston once said, “I have nothing.” If you need me I’ll be under my bed eating bacon.)
All right, enough abs, you vultures. Eventually, mercifully, Oake, Higgins and Weekes moved on to other things. Here are a few more highlights: