If you’re having a hard time getting excited the Stanley Cup final, the NHL has you covered.
Ahead of Game 1, the league released a trailer that makes the championship series between the Lightning and Blackhawks look like a can’t-miss summer blockbuster, which, for hockey fans, is exactly what the series stands to be. Both teams have speed, skill and high-powered offenses and the NHL did an outstanding job showcasing exactly what we should be prepared to see in the final:
The images used – Patrick Kane against Steven Stamkos, Jonathan Toews against Tyler Johnson – do a great job of highlighting exactly what we can expect from a star-studded matchup, but it also plays into the big box office feel the trailer is going for. And, of course, the intense, action movie soundtrack that goes along with the video rounds out the whole piece. If the NHL could have somehow worked Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson into the trailer, chances are this trailer would have given them a license to print money were it actually hyping up the next big summer flick.
The trailer also makes use of one of the major narratives heading into the final, which is whether or not the Blackhawks can win their third Stanley Cup in six seasons and become a modern-day dynasty.
So, as we await Wednesday evening’s puck drop, we’ll be watching this trailer over and over getting prepared for the Stanley Cup final to begin.