The NHL just announced that Bob Sugar – er, I mean Jay Mohr – will host the 2010 NHL Awards on Wednesday, June 23.
Here are a few more details of the performers/guests from an NHL press release. I’ll even throw some quips in between each paragraph for your giggling/eye-rolling pleasure.
As previously announced, the star-studded show will feature Hollywood star Mark Wahlberg, CBC’s George Stroumboulopoulos, Florida rockers Shinedown, Grammy Award-nominated rapper Snoop Dogg, the world famous Cirque du Soleil and the NHL’s biggest stars.
George Stroumboulopoulos makes Miikka Kiprusoff’s name look like Bob Hope. Seriously, as tough as Finnish last names are to spell, that last name is a spell-checker’s nightmare.
Iconic drummer, musician and music producer Travis Barker has joined the lineup of performers at the 2010 NHL Awards that includes Shinedown, Snoop Dogg and The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil. Snoop Dogg and Barker will open the broadcast with a pre-taped performance of “I Wanna Rock,” followed by a live performance by Barker featuring special guests later in the show. All musical performances will be presented by Verizon.
Travis Barker is an “iconic” drummer? Well, I guess if every diner and restaurant can have a “famous” menu item , it’s OK for Barker to be “iconic.”
An impressive list of special guest and presenters will include actors Jamie Kennedy (“Finding Bliss”), John Slattery (“Mad Men,” “The Adjustment Bureau”), Kevin Zegers (“Transamerica”) and Leven Rambin (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scoundrels”); actor / director D.B. Sweeney (“The Cutting Edge,” “Two Tickets to Paradise”); legendary Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer; CBC host Ron MacLean; and Reese Waters, host of “The Daily Line” on VERSUS will join Wahlberg, a Boston native and long-time hockey fan and Stroumboulopoulos. Former NHLers Luc Robitaille, Jeremy Roenick, Guy Lafleur and Eddie Olczyk also will present awards.
No one make a “Punk’d” joke around Jamie Kennedy. He’s still kind of bitter about the fact that Ashton Kutcher’s version of his idea (whatever Kennedy’s show was called) became far, far more popular. You’re better off quizzing him about “Scream” instead.
All snark aside, this is a pretty nice upgrade from the Chaka Khan days. I’m not sure if I’d pay to attend it, but it’s definitely looking more entertaining than 2009’s show.