Wednesday, May 5, 2010
'Green Men' amuse Blackhawks
VANCOUVER -- If a heckler in Nashville bothered Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith enough to get a squirt in the face from a water bottle, then what's going to happen when Vancouver's "Green Men" get their act going with the Hawks in town?
Vancouver's "Green Men" will try to get on the nerves of the Blackhawks in the Western Conference semifinals.
Keith, while he was sitting in the penalty box in Nashville, squirted a heckler, and the incident caught the attention of the NHL, which decided not to punish Keith.
The "Green Men", wearing a one-piece, green-nylon suit, mime and mock whoever is in the penalty box at GM Place .
"I don't think anyone really gets on your nerves when you're in the penalty box," said Keith, who said he was having fun with the heckler in Nashville. "It's kind of funny when they're talking to you. You can tell they get excited about it.
"I saw it on TV, the 'Green Guys,' or whatever they are. It's pretty funny."
The gimmick apparently is an homage to the show "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," and the two are journalism students. The father of one apparently owns season tickets.
"I think it's cool, yeah," Hawks winger Adam Burish said. "I think it's awesome. That stuff is fun. I think it's great for the game. Maybe I can slide over there and spray them with some snow."
But Burish said he doesn't plan on being in the penalty box for Game 3 on Wednesday or Game 4 on Friday, and he proudly points to the fact he hasn't had a two-minute penalty in the playoffs this year or last.
ESPNChicago.com's Jesse Rogers contributed to this report.