Darcy Tucker is used to stirring things up on the ice for the Toronto Maple Leafs, but he plays a different role Wednesday night.
The NHL forward makes a cameo appearance on “Little Mosque on the Prairie” (8 p.m.).
Playing himself, Tucker sets the fictional town of Mercy, Sask., abuzz after endorsing a beet juice beverage that is made there. Residents of the town rush to buy the suddenly surging beet stock.
“Hockey Night in Canada” host Ron MacLean also appears in the episode, which helped Tucker.
“It was fun, it was something different,” Tucker said Tuesday before a game in Ottawa. “Ron MacLean was there and that made it a bit more comfortable. I’ve known Ron for a while so that helped make it a bit easier.
“It should be interesting, I know my kids will like it.”
Tucker appears in two different scenes during the episode and is mentioned by the other characters in the show a few times.
His foray into acting wasn’t an easy one.
“The most nervous part was trying to get the script down,” said Tucker. “I can’t tell you how many lines I had, but there were enough to make me nervous.”
The 32-year-old says he’s turned down other acting opportunities in the past, but agreed to this one because it was filmed in Toronto during the off-season.
Even though the Leafs have Wednesday night off, Tucker doesn’t plan to sit down and watch his TV debut.
“I’ll be running around, my son has hockey,” said Tucker. “My wife will record it. She takes care of all that stuff.”