Updated: December 17, 2011 8:31AM
These days every hockey fan seems to revel in the Blackhawks-Canucks rivalry – especially Hawks blogger John Schultz or as he commonly goes by on Twitter: “ChicagoNativeSon.” He’s come up with some of the best images around about the rivalry, usually at the expense of the Canucks. So with the Hawks in Vancouver, it was time for a chat.
He’s come up with some of the best images around about the rivalry, usually at the expense of the Canucks. So with the Hawks in Vancouver, it was time for a chat.
John Schultz: Burrows. Bieksa. Kesler. Luongo. Sedins. They only count as one, right?
AJ: OK, feel free to expand:
JS: Clichés like “familiarity breeds contempt” and “playoffs breed hate” explain a good part of it, but let’s just say the Canucks’ style of play is less than endearing to me. You need targets for that irascibility on both sides. Al Pacino said it best in ‘‘Scarface,’’ “You need people like me so you can point your [bleeping] fingers and say, ‘That’s the bad guy.’” I think Dave Bolland revels in playing that role for the Hawks.
AJ: What was your source of inspiration for the picture of Bolland with Vancouver’s airport on fire?
JS: Actually, the inspiration came from a female commenter on the Second
CityHockey.com blog, who goes by “ahnfire” during Game 4 of the 2011 Hawks-Canucks series. I just ran with the idea and made it Vancouver-specific. But since I didn’t like the idea of all those explosions going off around the oft-injured Bolland, I also did a “making of” Photoshop with him covered in bubble wrap during the fictitious photo shoot.
AJ: Are there any other photo creations we should look forward to?
JS: I . . . usually post one or two a week on Twitter and elsewhere. However, I definitely have a “soft spot” for Vancouver. I even post them on a Canucks blog, and the majority of their fans take it in stride. It’s all in good fun, and people familiar with my work realize this.