Televised hockey interviews, be it pre-game, post-game or during intermission, are usually so similar you’d be shocked to learn they aren’t scripted. The answers are cliched, the pauses and vocal ticks are always present and personality rarely seeps through.
That’s why it was hilarious Tuesday night when Maple Leafs winger Rich Clune delivered what can best be compared to a wrestling promo on Predators winger Cody Bass. Clune and Bass had exchanged pleasantries at center ice ahead of Tuesday’s game in Toronto, and while it could have ended there, Clune was asked about it during the first intermission and delivered an absolute gem of an interview:
Clune’s delivery, which includes looking right into the camera, makes his entire rant that much better. Not to mention Clune almost laughs when he talks about Bass being on “the losing end” of their previous fights.
This isn’t the first time a player has delivered a great interview, though. Here are five of the funniest:
5. John Scott gets lost post-game
Before the all-star voting that turned him into one of the biggest stories in the sport, Scott was just a jokester bouncing around the league. And during his time with the Sabres in 2013, Scott pulled off one of the most memorable instances of post-game videobombing in recent memory. As Steve Ott was delivering a post-game interview, Scott wandered in from out of frame and started looking around like he had no idea where he was.
4. Patrick Roy has his ears plugged
Roy was a fiery competitor and has been a part of some of the most iconic moments in hockey history, but nothing Roy has ever said in an interview has topped his verbal jousting with then-Chicago Blackhawk Jeremy Roenick. The two traded barbs throughout the 1996 playoff series, but Roy delivered the knockout blow with his incredible line about not being able hear Roenick thanks to some fancy earplugs.
3. Evgeni Malkin roasts Max Talbot
When his career is over, the most disappointing thing about Malkin’s time in the NHL might be that we didn’t get more interviews with him. In the 2009 Stanley Cup final, Malkin was on his way to being named the Conn Smythe Trophy winner. But he could have also been the media MVP with his amazing answer when asked how his play had been impacted by Max Talbot:
2. ECHL player channels Super Troopers
Ray Kaunisto put his own “Cat Game” skills to the test during an interview last season and brought the game — where the player tries to say “meow” as many times as possible — to an intermission interview during an ECHL contest. In Super Troopers, where the game originated, the attempted score is 10 meows in one traffic stop. Without a script, Kaunisto pulls off seven. We give him the nod.
1. Ilya Bryzgalov asks an important question
It’s easy to understand why Bryzgalov became a fan favorite for his run-ins with the media. He delivered bizarre soundbites throughout his career, and it was put on full display during the Flyers’ turn on HBO’s 24/7: Road to the Winter Classic. Before Bryzgalov was waxing philosophical about the universe, he was asking the important questions. Like, why? Why do you have to be mad?
(Video via Reddit)