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If they weren't NHLers

By Danny Wright (@dannywright) Dec. 20, 2014 2:26 PM
Have you ever wondered what your favourite National Hockey League stars would be doing if they weren't playing hockey? Would they want to play another sport because of their natural athletic ability, or would they be aiming for the corner office at the most prestigious law firm on Wall Street? The question has come up in interviews before, so we searched around the web to see what NHL players had answered they would want to be if they weren't playing professional hockey, then made it a little easier for you to picture them in that field of work.

Sidney Crosby - Firefighter

Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins is well known for saying he would probably be a firefighter if he weren't in the NHL. He was amazed by a trip he took to the fire hall as a youngster and decided right then and there that if he couldn't play hockey, he would want to be a firefighter. Sid the Kid is already a Canadian hero for his play on the ice, so why not add "saved a helpless damsel in distress from a burning building" to his list of heroics.





Matt Duchene - Country Music Singer

Colorado Avalanche centre Matt Duchene is a huge country music fan, and even plays a little guitar himself. The goal medal winner has said he would enjoy perusing a career in music, which we're sure his dog Paisley (yes, named after country musician Brad Paisley) would love. Duchene may want to start working on his Southern drawl for his post-playing career!




Man City reporters do awful job trying to gift wrap Joe Hart's car

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Dec. 20, 2014 1:42 PM
Not every prank turns out the way its schemed up, some remain a good idea in theory and nothing more. While attempting to gift wrap Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart's new car, a few CityTV (MCFC channel) hosts found out the exact amount of fun that England's wet weather sucks out of the holiday season.



It's a good thing that Hart had just received quite a large gift before arriving at his car, having signed a new contract with the club, because that wrap job covered less area than United's defense and looked as visually appealing as the top half of City's team sheet without Sergio Aguero.

It's clear the prank was done in the name of good fun, but the last thing you'd wanna do in the rain is take gift wrap off your car as a grown man in Santa pajamas tries to explain his amateurish wrapping job. Hart hasn't had to keep his cool on camera for as long as this since the time comedian Kevin Hart scored a penalty on him.



You can pretty much guarantee Kevin Hart won't forget to mention that goal if the two ever cross paths again.


Christmas carolers invade Arsenal's training grounds

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Dec. 20, 2014 12:56 PM
With Christmas just around the corner team holiday videos just keep pouring in. English soccer giant, Arsenal, are the latest team to take a shot at creating their own video greeting cards for fans, imagining a world where Christmas carolers could show up anywhere, at any minute .

Out of all of the major European soccer leagues the English Premier League is the only one to not take a break during the holiday season, so in a way this video is very fitting of how Christmas will be in England for the pros.

If you're a player in the EPL you better enjoy the holiday festivities wherever you can, because on Boxing Day you'll be enjoying it on the field.

(H/T: Bleacher Report UK)

The stick work in this trick video is absolutely insane

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Dec. 20, 2014 12:13 PM
Zac Bell has made quite a name for himself in the online hockey community, consistency releasing video after video packed with his signature artisan-like stick work. If you're unfamiliar or not up to date with Bell's skill videos, consider this your chance to catch up on the development of one of the internet's finest young talents.



Just like his instagram name suggests, Bell's mind set is "always hockey." Keep your eye out for this skilled lad, we think you'll be seeing a whole lot more of Bell's impressive hands in the near future.

(H/T: How To Hockey)

ECHL Star Wars Night themed jerseys

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Dec. 19, 2014 8:16 PM
The Missouri Mavericks are having their Star Wars Night tonight and their jerseys are INCREDIBLE. The ECHL team will be wearing this jerseys featuring Darth Vader and will take on the Brampton Beast. All of the jerseys will be auctioned off following the game will go towards the Community Services League. Fans are also encouraged to dress up, which can only end amazingly.



No way the Mavericks are losing this one.



(Information courtesy Missouri Mavericks)

Pittsburgh Penguins reenact National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

By BarDown Dec. 19, 2014 4:10 PM
Here is our new favourite NHL Holiday parody and it's done by the (probably) pre-mumps Pittsburgh Penguins. The Pens players and some of their front office decided to reenact scenes from the Christmas movie classic, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. And if you're waiting for Sidney Crosby's appearance, don't worry, he comes in right at the end.



Pretty much the joy in our face while watching this...



Well, who do you think has the best Holiday video of the season? The Penguins or the San Jose Sharks?




Frank Caliendo reads 'Twas the Night Before Christmas as ESPN personalities

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Dec. 19, 2014 3:24 PM
Comedian Frank Caliendo is best known for his impersonations of celebrities such as Charles Barkley, John Madden and Morgan Freeman, so why not give ESPN a special Christmas treat by reading 'Twas the Night Before Christmas on Mike & Mike as some of their most famous personalities? Caliendo includes the likes of Chris Berman, Lou Holtz, Mel Kiper Jr., and the always fantastic Jon Gruden.



The way the comedian perfects the voices, finds their different mannerisms and even adds specific words the personalities say is amazing. We hope Caliendo gets his family members an impression of each and every one of them for the holidays, because that would make for a hilarious family Christmas party.



(Image courtesy of Standing O Sports)

(H/T Bleacher Report)

Ernie Johnson drops a verse and then drops the mic

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Dec. 19, 2014 2:05 PM
Ernie Johnson, the host of Inside the NBA, is probably best known as the guy on that legendary NBA on TNT panel, featuring Shaq, Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith, with the least amount of swag. But that all changed last night! Ernie dropped a rhyme and the mic and proceeded to get some props from guest Nicki Minaj in one of our favourite Vines in a while.



And here's the full "rap" in better quality.



Nailed it!



(H/T Barstool Sports)

Best of Leafs Lunch

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Dec. 19, 2014 1:58 PM
In what was another hilarious week of Leafs Lunch, the guys poke fun at their Leafs Lunch promo picture, O-Dog refuses to wear his Christmas sweater and much more featured on the Best of Leafs Lunch.