The Force was with the Missouri Mavericks on Friday, as they drubbed the visiting Brampton Beast 6-2 while wearing the flashiest Star Wars-themed jerseys in this galaxy or any other. What do hockey, horses and Star Wars have to do with each other, you ask? Who cares? It's the ECHL, where teams do pop culture-themed nights all the time. The garish-looking Mavericks jersey depicts Darth Vader holding a lightsaber on the front, and features Jedi master Yoda on one sleeve and a stormtrooper on the other. Obi Wan Kenobi, Luke Skywalker and an assortment of other characters appear on the back, below the numbers. The whole shirt is awash in space, stars and swirling red and blue cosmic dust. Oh, and there's a rather out-of-place-looking Mavericks logo in the very center.
Friday was the Missouri Mavericks' second annual Star Wars Night, and the jerseys were auctioned off to benefit charity after the game. Fans showed up on Star Wars costumes, and Boba Fett and Darth Vader were on the ice for the opening ceremony. But the Mavericks' mascot really stole the show. 'Mac' the Maverick horse added some brown Chewbacca fur to his ensemble and sported one of the Star Wars jerseys for the game. Then, he held a little kid dressed as Yoda in his arms and posed for a photo. The image is equal parts adorable and ridiculous. Why does 'Mac-bacca' have a fanny pouch on his bandoleer?
Fans got in on the fun, too, and the Mavericks helped out by photoshopping lightsabers onto their pictures.
The Mavericks heavily promoted the event, and even put together promotional video teasers. Here's a video from last week of defenceman Scott Langdon whipping around a lightsaber as he tells fans to come to the game. If you listen real close, you can hear him make a "whoosh" sound as he swings the weapon.