High-school hockey teams in the U.S. don’t always get the love that, say, the pigskin and hoops teams do. Promotion of upcoming games is sometimes limited to muffled morning announcements, photocopied posters in the halls and wearing jerseys on game day.
Kudos, then, to Clarkston High School’s hockey team for creating what might very well be the greatest prep hockey commercial of all-time. Or at least that we’ve seen this week:
The Michigan high school’s hockey team crammed a season’s worth of glorious clichés – from Stompin’ Tom Connors to dropping the mitts to the Alex Ovechkin hot stick celebration – in hyping its Jan. 26 game against rival Lake Orion.
Those who heeded the call saw Clarkston win, 5-3.
Stick tap to the team for an awesome video that plays like “Slap Shot: The High School Years.” And by that we mean cavernous school hallways have the perfect acoustics for crushed soda cans bouncing off skulls.
(OK, we know what you’re asking: Why the St. Louis Blues jersey in the middle of Detroit Red Wings country? Hey, give the kid a break: He was born after the Norris Division ceased to exist. Yes, you can feel old now. You have our permission.)