Shawn Michaels, known during his wrestling career as the "Heartbreak Kid" took in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals to see his namesake HBK line on the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday.
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The Stanley Cup Playoffs are a great time of year to become a hockey fan. Ask wrestling legend Shawn Michaels.
Michaels, known during his longtime WWE career as “the Heartbreak Kid,” has found a foothold in the hockey community, specifically with the Pittsburgh Penguins’ dynamic trio of Carl Hagelin, Nick Bonino and Phil Kessel, dubbed the “HBK” line.
For Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals on Sunday, the unlikely relationship between the San Antonio-born Michaels, 50, and the 2015-16 Penguins reached the next stage when the former WWE champion ventured to Pittsburgh to see his namesake line in person for the first time.
The wrestling legend had himself quite a day, meeting a hockey legend before the the puck dropped:
Michaels also took a trip with former Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel to Pittsburgh institution Primanti Brothers, where they enjoyed the newly introduced “HBK Sandwich,” triple-meat, with ham, bacon and kielbasa.
It wouldn't be a wonder if Michaels had to change his nickname to the Heartburn Kid before long.