Phoenix Coyotes star Shane Doan and his brother were chased mercilessly through the rugged B.C. Interior this past summer. No, it wasn't a life or death situation, but an appearance on the reality TV show Mantracker.
The pursuit of the Doan brothers by a mustachioed horseman was far from the first time an NHL player, the league or even the Stanley Cup have jumped genres from athletics to the glitzier side of the small screen.
We here at CBCSports.ca would like to present to you, dear reader, the top 10 instances where pop culture and the National Hockey League have met along the boards, exchanged facewashes and dropped the mitts for your viewing pleasure.
(Feel free to add any crossover we may have forgotten or that you think is worthy of an honourable mention in the comments below.)
10. Lord Stanley's Mug vs. Guiding Light
Hockey players and the soap opera industry have had a long, strange relationship. It seemed to begin with Wayne Gretzky's spot on The Young and the Restless in 1981 and, more recently, other programs have featured players like Scott Gomez. The oddest of these appearances would have to be that of the Stanley Cup on Guiding Light … appearing as a love interest.
Memorable line: "He's quiet, but when he sets his sight on something, he's very goal-oriented."
9. Scotiabank Place vs. 30 Rock
30 Rock character Danny tells his co-workers he was nominated for a Juno ("the Canadian equivalent to a Grammy") for his "psych-up" song that plays during Ottawa Senators games at Scotiabank Place.
Memorable line: "The crowd is getting loud at Scotiabank Place! Make a hockey-lovin’ face at Scotiabank Place!"
8. L.A. Kings vs. Price is Right
A few members of the Los Angeles Kings decided to drop in on Drew Carey and the contestants of The Price Is Right in 2008. Kings player Denis Gautier had a "hand" in helping present the Showcase Showdown to one contestant and did very little to dispell the myth of the hockey player as the perpetual goon ... although the contestant looked genuinely frightened, so it's win-win.
Memorable line: "Hi David, I'm Denis Gautier with the L.A. Kings. For your first prize, how would you like a punch in the face?"
7. Don Cherry vs. Rick Mercer
The host of the Rick Mercer Report met the colourful analyst of Hockey Night in Canada 's Coach's Corner at a Fabricland. From there, Don took Rick to his personal tailor, who outfitted him in some of the flashiest duds the Newfoundlander has ever worn.
Memorable line: "People drive by your house and think your drapes are closed — it's you standing in the window!"
6. Vancouver Canucks vs. HIMYM
Robin, a character on the show How I Met Your Mother, is a Canadian as well as a Vancouver Canucks fan. Aside from name dropping the "2004 Northwest Division champions" and getting to meet Mason Raymond after a game at Madison Square Garden, the show featured a flashback scene of when Robin had a "few too many Molson" and was reliving the Canucks' 1994 run to the Stanley Cup final with a hockey stick, clad in a Roberto Luongo jersey.
Memorable line: "Stanley Cup. Game 6. The Rangers are aboot to be sorry they ever played shinny with the Canucks."
5. New York Rangers vs. David Letterman (vs. Madonna)
The Blueshirts trudged down Broadway to participate in a taping of The Late Show with David Letterman in September 2009. Ten of the players — including Marian Gaborik, Henrik Lundqvist and Sean Avery — got to present the "10 Things Never Before Spoken By a Hockey Player."
Memorable line: "Instead of fighting, why don't we work things out over brunch?"
(Side note: Shortly after the Top 10 segment, the team returned to carry Madonna into the studio on a sedan chair comprised of hockey sticks. They did not make the playoffs.)
4. Gordie Howe vs. The Simpsons
Gordie Howe's hockey card picture was used as part of a fake dating profile Bart Simpson used to fool his teacher, Edna Krabapel. Before the end credits, the show posted Gordie's career stats.
Memorable line: "Strap on your skates, Gordie — you're goin' in!"
3. Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Conan O'Brien
During Conan's week-long residency in Canada's most populous city, he got the opportunity to practice with the local hockey club. Hilarity, as expected, ensued.
Memorable line: "Guys, as we all know, scoring is difficult. This is the approved NHL four-by-six hockey net. I give you the 'Conan net' right here. It will revolutionize the game. Bigger scores, more attendance. In this version of the game, the goalie, on odd-numbered nights, would be allowed to have a piece of furniture with him to help. An ottoman, a recliner, or a small sectional. Not a large sectional — [pause] — It's not a circus."
2. Wayne Gretzky vs. Mike Myers
In a faceoff between the world's most prolific Waynes, both Gretzky and Wayne Campbell (of Wayne's World fame) donned their skates to battle for the love of Hollywood starlet (and Gretzky's real-life wife) Janet Jones in a dream sequence on Saturday Night Live.
Memorable line: "Schwing!" (Need we say more?)
1. Cam Neely vs. Dumb and Dumber
Lloyd (Jim Carrey) and Harry (Jeff Daniels) encounter Sea Bass (Neely) and his crew of trucker toughs in a diner on the way to deliver a briefcase to Colorado. After bilking Sea Bass into paying their tab, the two friends eventually run into him on the other side of the country… in a less than pleasant truck stop scene.
(Neely has also reprised the role of Sea Bass in Carrey's movie Me, Myself and Irene, and has also appeared in the HBO drama Rescue Me, starring Denis Leary.)
Memorable line: "Who's the dead man that hit me with the salt shaker?"