2022 Stanley Cup Final – Talking Hockey, ‘Tough Ducks’ & More with SNL’s Kenan Thompson

Kenan Thompson has uncommon hockey roots for the well-known NHL fan. Earlier than he was an Emmy-winning slapstick comedian on “Saturday Evening Dwell,” he was Mighty Duck.

Thompson, who’s internet hosting the NHL Awards for the second time Tuesday night time at 7 ET in Tampa, Florida, performed Ross Tyler in “D2: The Mighty Geese” (1994) and “D3: The Mighty Geese” (1996). Ever hear in regards to the “knuckle puck,” The shot that “is tough to be correct however drives goalkeepers loopy”?

Yeah, that was Kenan Thompson.

We spoke with Thompson final week about returning to host the NHL Awards, the fiasco on the Tampa Bay Lightning, the New York Rangers and Sidney Crosby fandom, the legacy of “Mighty Geese” and the perfect hockey moments in “SNL” historical past.

The NHL Awards Will Stream On ESPN, Thompson Will Break This Killer Kevin Weekes impression:



Kenan Thompson impersonates NHL analyst Kevin Weekes in a brand new convention infographic forward of the NHL Awards Present, which airs Tuesday on ESPN at 7 p.m. ET.

ESPN: What makes Kenan Thompson a superb match for the NHL Awards?

Thomson: I am an enormous fan of the NHL, man. I have been because the nice duck days, principally. Having a relationship the place I can actually contribute to the league is gorgeous. I wish to return the favor with extra than simply waving on the JumboTron. It’s good to have an lively participation in the neighborhood as a result of it’s a stunning neighborhood.

ESPN: Your joke throughout the 2019 NHL Awards Concerning the Tampa Bay Lightning Nonetheless Legendary: On how their embarrassing sweeping loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets equaled an NHL document for the fewest wins. How does the comic really feel about roasting the gamers sitting there?

Thomson: I do not essentially know in regards to the gamers, however I actually heard some reactions from the followers – “How dare you flip us down, blah blah blah.” Not a little bit. Simply stating the information. That is it. [Laughs] Nevertheless it seems to have been an enormous motivating issue. These guys have been tearing up ever since.

ESPN: It’s best to get credit score for these consecutive trophies.

Thomson: Because you made that joke, they have not been defeated in it [every playoff series]. That is the largest transformation I’ve seen in my life.

ESPN: Did you turn out to be a fan of the New York Rangers by dwelling in New York and doing ‘SNL’ there?

Thomson: Sure, simply by going to the park. I really like Madison Sq. Backyard, man. So I grew to become a Knicks fan by default. I began going to Rangers video games and rooting for them after they weren’t enjoying for both Atlanta or Tampa. That Rangers vs Lightning sequence was a tug-of-war, man. I’ve a love of lightning. positively.

ESPN: You are a part of a really particular NHL custom: the celebrities within the crowd who seem in JumboTron at Rangers’ residence video games. They play a clip from “SNL,” then present you and followers cheer. However some celebrities, like Jimmy Fallon, have ready small elements after they know they will present up. Have you ever ever executed little within the recreation?

Thomson: It is unbelievable. It’s an honor to be acknowledged as such. Being thrown in entrance of everybody and making the followers react to it… It is like New York pats you on the again and also you pats the backs of New York groups. It is a very cool factor.

Lea DeLaria, who performed Massive Boo on “Orange Is The New Black,” did a bit as she had her drink after they put her on a JumboTron. So I went proper after that and had my drink too and everybody went loopy. The identical ambiance. Powerful get together.

ESPN: Prior to now, you stated you Alex Ovechkin man. Do you’ve gotten different NHL gamers you like?

Thomson: It could be blasphemy to say this, however I respect Sidney Crosby for his expertise. I met Sidney on the authentic NHL Awards and it was wonderful. Anytime you perform a little with members of the viewers, you’ll be able to deviate a little bit. However he was a keen participant. He let me, like, leap on his shoulders a little bit bit. He’s only a good man. It is a pity he is in a rival metropolis for Rangers, however he is a superb child.

It’s a must to respect expertise. I believe when David Ortiz comes into city he will get a standing ovation at Yankee Stadium as a result of they respect what he is executed. Like, we get it. He is performed for the Pink Sox and we have had robust occasions for years. However expertise is expertise and dedication is dedication. I believe cities respect that.

Conor McDavid he is loopy. Nathan McKinnon he is loopy. TJ O’Shea? I really like this man. BK Suban He is my buddy, so I’ve to yell at him. Rangers have been actually robust this yr. I’ve to provide it to Igor Shesterkin, stepping into such large footwear. I am unable to let go of my lightning, both. Stephen Stamkos And the Nikita Kucherov stable. Alex Killorn Been placing within the work for years. Being from Atlanta, I can solely be a fan of the good guys.

ESPN: Have you ever had any bizarre interactions with a Mighty Geese fan?

Thomson: [Laughs] a stranger? No, it has at all times been a misleading love. Hockey followers can get a little bit rowdy after the sport and stuff, however they only wish to scream “The Mighty Geese” and inform me how a lot they meant to them, and the way it stored them motivated on the hockey tracks. It was at all times a lot love.

ESPNThere may be a complete era of followers who’ve been concerned in hockey both by way of “The Mighty Geese” or enjoying video hockey video games. You could have made new followers

Thomson: Sure, SEGA is all fairly wonderful. I bear in mind after they had been enjoying that recreation in “Swingers”. Simply to observe that footage, the place’s all of it [pixelated] However you’ll be able to nonetheless open somebody’s head who was wonderful. What an period.

ESPN: SNL’s best hockey moments: Wayne Gretsky’s “Waikiki Hockey” is a parody of the Elvis film or Likelihood Rapper “Let’s Do That Hockey?”

Thomson: [Laughs] Oof. I ought to go along with an opportunity. Gretsky is the goat and every little thing, however this chance was crucial. It was unbelievable. When he learn Brady Skagi’s identify and stated “that is nothing”.

ESPN: As an example Kenan Thompson is the “one-day NHL commissioner.” You may change something about hockey. What modified?

Thomson: What can I modify… What can I modify? I do not know. It appears to be getting in such a optimistic route. How about paying extra gamers? That is at all times a superb reply. These guys on the market are doing their finest. Give these males what they should survive and their households. It takes an enormous help system to get these guys to succeed in that degree. So we at all times welcome some giving again to the communities. The NHL is already doing that, so in the event that they do extra, will probably be higher.

ESPN: “NHL Awards host Kenan Thompson: Take away wage cap.”

Thomson: [Laughs] that’s it. This can be a good title. They are going to be very offended about it.