Since 2010, the Blackhawks' chosen recreational activity on the road has been Mario Kart, the multi-player racing game featuring characters from Nintendo's Mario franchise. According to winger Bryan Bickell, "when you're on the road you can go for a walk around the city to loosen up your legs and see some sights, but for the most part, the guys like Mario Kart because it's fun, competitive and it passes the time." It's a way for players to decompress and bond in between high-intensity games, allowing them to show their fighting spirit in another arena. That got the Blog wondering: Which video game character would each Blackhawks player be? Here are the results of the informal, highly unscientific poll:
: the classic leader, well-rounded and looks great in red.
Patrick Kane as Link (Legend of Zelda): Don’t let the baby faces fool you—both of these guys are fearless and great with their given weapon, be it sword or hockey stick.
as Mega Man
: Neither ever misses their chosen target.
Marian Hossa as Donkey Kong: once a chief rival, now a hero. Neither one is very likely to be pushed around, either.
as Sonic the Hedgehog
: Fleet of foot, with a bit of a daredevil streak, both are loyal, natural leaders and focused on the task at hand.
(Sonic the Hedgehog): the humble sidekick and best friend who posseses a unique set of skills.
: Both have a penchant for gobbling up anything that comes near and have carried their teams to great success.
: fearsome on the outside, lovable on the inside.
as King Boo
(Luigi's Mansion): not the biggest Boo in the mushroom world. Nevertheless, both are known for schemes—some would call them villainous—that frustrate their opponents.
: Despite their size, both exhibit surprising strength and extreme quickness when providing crucial assistance to their friends.
: small in stature, big on power. Whether morphing into a rock or just hitting like he's made of them, a formidable force.
(EarthBound): On first glance, just a regular kid, but both are gifted with incredibly powerful abilities and seemingly destined for great things.