For Halloween this year, a handful of Vancouver Canucks’ players went as characters from the animated film series Shrek — but did they get it right?
If I’m being honest, I consider myself to be a bit of an expert when it comes to my knowledge of the Shrek films, which is why I was caught off guard by the characters that the Vancouver Canucks‘ players decided to dress up as.
Originally, I planned on writing more about the Canucks’ disappointing loss on Friday night, but I figure you’ve probably read and heard enough about that already. However, I can almost guarantee you haven’t read or heard anything about which Shrek characters the Canucks should be yet.
For those that don’t know or haven’t seen it, here’s a photo of the Halloween costumes some of the Canucks’ players donned this year:
You have to appreciate the dedication, and of course, these are just costumes, but what characters are really the best fit for the Canucks?
Brock Boeser as Prince Charming. He was literally being referred to as Prince Charming for a while there, and this one is a no brainer, as I already said. Boeser’s luscious locks secure him a spot as one of the movie’s main villains.
Troy Stecher as Donkey. The Wikipedia page for “List of Shrek characters” defines Donkey as: “cheerful, talkative, optimistic, irritating, hypochondriac and half worried, but kind-hearted and brave when need be.” I dare you to try to tell me that doesn’t sound like Troy Stecher.
Chris Tanev as Shrek. This one just seems like one of the characters that were done right. I could see it.
Jake Virtanen as Puss in Boots. The ladies all seem to be into Jake Virtanen for his looks, but don’t be fooled, he has a bite to him that is most evident when he’s on the ice, much like the bite Puss in Boots has, despite his charm.
Jay Beagle, Tim Schaller, Tyler Motte as the three little pigs. These three are the Canucks shutdown line, and since Schaller and Beagle, in particular, are known to have great senses of humour, this seems to be the role destined for them.
Micheal Ferland as Gingerbread Man or “Gingy”. Now, I’m not going to sit here and say Micheal Ferland looks like a gingerbread man, BUT…
Loui Eriksson as The Big Bad Wolf. Picture this. The house that the Big Bad Wolf is trying to blow down and get into is the Canucks’ lineup, which has the three little pigs inside of it. Stay with me here. Remember which players I said the three little pigs were. No matter how hard the Big Bad Wolf (Eriksson) tries, he just can’t get into the three little pigs’ (Beagle, Schaller, Motte) house (the Canucks’ lineup).
Thatcher Demko as Pinnochio. With how sarcastic and utterly hilarious Thatcher Demko is, I’m sure he’s slipped in a lie or two at one point or other.
Alex Edler as Merlin the Magician. Although he’s not what he used to be, Merlin the Magician still has some flashes of the greatness that was present in his younger days as the Head Wizard at Worcestershire High School. Much like Alex Edler, Merlin is a character you root for, especially in his older years.
Tyler Myers as Evil Tree 1. Do I really need to explain this one? As soon as I remembered that there’s a character in Shrek who is literally just a tree with a face, I knew exactly which character Tyler Myers should be dressing up as for Halloween.
Bo Horvat as Sir Lancelot. Again, just listen to this description: “The captain of the school’s jousting team. He’s got thick black hair and a square jaw.” I mean, come on.
Elias Pettersson as the Pied Piper. Elias Pettersson is perfect for the role of the Pied Piper, the character who uses his magical flute to lure rats and other objects any which way he pleases. The only difference? Instead of rats, Pettersson lures opposing goaltenders away from their creases during his shootout and breakaway attempts.
I decided not to do the entire roster because I thought that’d be overkill, but there are lots of extra characters in movies, so feel free to assign the rest of the Canucks’ roster as you please.