Len Kasper participated in the ‘Shoot the Puck’ competition during the second intermission of the Blackhawks game Tuesday night.
The Cubs broadcaster received mixed cheers when announced as the celebrity shooter, but of course, there always seems to be equal representation of Cubs and White Sox fans supporting the Hawks.
Nonetheless, when ol’ Lenny slipped the puck past a makeshift barrier and into the goal on his first of three possible tries, the United Center crowd roared with approval.
It was quite the stage for Kasper, a noted hockey fan, as the Blackhawks squared off against the rival Vancouver Canucks.
By most standards it’s a young rivalry, but the matchup has become one of the fiercest in the NHL, and truly, one of the most competitive rivalry series in professional sports.
As usual, the game didn’t disappoint. Chicago won in a shootout 4-3, and in doing so tied the 2006-07 Anaheim Ducks’ record for the longest points streak to start a season (16 games).
The Blackhawks improved to (13-0-3) on the campaign, now a third of the way over in a shortened regular season due to the NHL lockout, and there’s no sign this Blackhawks team is slowing down.
However, it could be awhile before Kasper is back at the UC. The Cubs open their spring training schedule this Saturday (Feb. 23) with Pat & Keith calling the action on WGN Radio.
Kasper’s first broadcasted is slated for Cubs.com the following day (Feb. 24), perhaps leaving just enough time for Len to sneak in one last Hawks game against the San Jose Sharks on Friday night.
But I wouldn’t blame Kasper for heading out west early. It’s hard to beat a goal and a shootout win against an arch rival.
Might have just seen 1st period ever in which there were 5 breakaways and no goals on any.And I’ve seen a lot of hockey.
— Len Kasper (@LenKasper) February 20, 2013