Last Friday Dan Aykroyd dropped the ceremonial first puck for the Blackhawks-Devils game at United Center.
(From UNI WATCH BLOG, of course)
From the CHICAGO TRIBUNE:
Aykroyd, wearing his trademark black sunglasses, arrived at the United Center driving the Blues Mobile from the movie “Blues Brothers.”
“I imagined Johnny [Belushi] sitting next to me on those cold nights in Harvey, Ill.,” Aykroyd said of a location of filming for “Blues Brothers” in 1980.
Yeah, the Hawks had a little trouble with the spelling of the actor’s last name that night. But it’s just as well, considering Aykroyd isn’t from Chicago or a Blackhawks fan for that matter.
The Ottawa native, who played Elwood Blues in that movie and was nominated for an Academy Award for “Driving Miss Daisy” in 1989, said he’s a big hockey fan, with the Montreal Canadiens his favorite NHL team.
“But not tonight,” Aykroyd said. “And I have no allegiance to the New Jersey Devils. They’re a hot team. They are right up near the division top, and so are the Blackhawks. It’s going to be a very nice night of hockey.”
I wish I could say dragging out a fake fan to drop the first puck was an original idea, but the Flyers were way out front on that one.