A beautiful father-son moment became awkward Monday afternoon when the NHL forgot the main ingredient of their ceremonial faceoff.
Bobby Hull and Brett Hull, who scored a combined 1,351 goals during their times in the NHL, were tabbed for the ceremonial puck drop right before the start of the 2017 Winter Classic. It was a perfect idea: Brett Hull was the St. Louis Blues’ most well-known player while his father Bobby was arguably the same for the Blackhawks franchise.
Instead, as the two Hall of Famers approached Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews and Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo, they realized they had nothing to drop. Wuh oh.
The moment began ominously enough as Brett Hull reached out to shake his father’s hand, but Bobby was more interested in waving to the crowd.
As the father and son approached the players, they realized there were no pucks. Awkward!
The NHL and Blues Twitter accounts chose to ignore the fact the pucks were initially missing.
— NHL (@NHL) January 2, 2017
— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) January 2, 2017
At least Bob Costas is here to limit the cringeworthy moments on NBC.
Bob Costas, introducing Nelly: "It's getting hot in here, so take off all your pads."
— Ian McLaren (@iancmclaren) January 2, 2017
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