While there haven't been a lot of reasons to be excited about hockey from the country of France, the French do have some gorgeous uniforms. They have produced Cristobal Huet who has carved out a fairly decent hockey career in the NHL. For the most part, though, French hockey from across the pond has left hockey fans a little disappointed based solely on what seems like disinterest about the sport from the country. One man and one company, it appears, are looking at changing that through a viral video campaign. And I have to say that their commercial is quite funny.
Rémi Gaillard runs a website called "nimportequi" where he posts seemingly thousands of viral videos. The following video, however, is absolutely priceless as it features Gaillard as a man who appears to be getting bodychecked into the plexiglass in France in public. Take a look:
I'm not sure if Monsieur Gaillard is an Ottawa Senators fan, but he can be seen in the video wearing a Senators jersey as he flies into various plexiglassed structures. As for anything else, these videos take place somewhere in France, but comedy apparently crosses borders with ease because I found it as amusing as the two gentlemen at the end of the video.
By the way, M. Gaillard's catchphrase at the end of the video - "C'est en faisant n'importe quoi qu'on devient n'importe qui" - translates directly to "It's by doing just anything that you become just anybody", but a friend said that it could be interpreted to be more along the lines of "stupid is as stupid does". I'm not saying the video is stupid in any way, but M. Gaillard's version of hockey is pretty silly. And very, very funny.
Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!