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Guardian Project

 

So what does the NHL’s Guardian Project have to do with fantasy hockey, you ask? Well, there are a few reasons for the relationship and every one of them is a stretch. But bear with me.

 

When I was 11 until about 15 I collected comics. Mostly Marvel, which meant mostly Stan Lee. So when I first heard about the Guardian Project, I was pretty interested. After seeing the first few heroes released, the excitement grew. I couldn’t believe all the negative press that the project got in the blogosphere. These bloggers, generally men in their 30s, laughed it off. But they didn’t – and still don’t – see what I’m seeing. A brilliant effort by the league to bring in new eyeballs. And I don’t mean attract the 40-year-old football fan. I mean get the fan before he (or she) is at an age where they have fully decided upon their sport. Age 9-14.

 

Fantasy hockey is another method of bringing in new fans. If you join a hockey pool and you don’t watch hockey, then you find yourself watching the odd game. If you’re a casual fan who watches six or eight games a year, if you join a hockey pool then you find by season’s end you have watched 15 or 20. This is a statistical fact, based on a recent study (albeit on the NFL) in the United States.

 

Fantasy hockey is a growing industry, and bringing in new young fans is very much in my best interest. So for that reason, and because Stan Lee is an icon, I want on board. Let me help you understand this project. I spoke with Mark Schultz of the NHL and Adam Baratta of Guardian Media Entertainment and gathered all the information I could.

 

This thing goes deep. The idea was not just about drawing cool pictures. These characters each have extensive backgrounds, the storyline has a running plot and absolutely a future. They won’t disappear after the All-Star game. In fact, Schultz mentioned the “Pro Stars” cartoon from the 80’s (remember Wayne Gretzky, Michael Jordan and Bo Jackson?) a couple of times, indicating that the league hopes for a regular comic book series and a weekly cartoon.

 

They don’t expect a 36-year-old blogger, or a 46-year-old print journalist to get it. They want the characters to be cool enough to attract ongoing attention from the younger generation. It’s about brand recognition. Ask 1000 random 10-year-old boys what a Nashville Predator is and 999 will give you blank stares. If this project succeeds as the NHL hopes, then 200 or 300 will answer that question in a few weeks.

 

There has been a lot of criticism from bloggers about these characters stealing traits and/or appearance from heroes already invented. That’s true. In fact, it’s blatantly obvious. But ridiculing it is like ridiculing the sky for being blue. Because the fact of the matter is – in the comic book world, all looks and special powers have been done three times over. Of course you’ll find similarities in every one of these heroes. Also consider the fact that the Guardian Project was very limited in what they could with each character. They couldn’t very well make the Shark a hero who flies through the air, shoots fire, and wears a yellow uniform could they? So I do laugh when the bloggers make a joke about how the latest guardian looks like a cross between Hero A and Hero B. But I’m laughing at them and not with them. Because it’s so completely lost on them. For those not as familiar with classic heroes, I'll do my best to give you some comparables. Not to ridicule, but to inform. As I said, all of the permutations and combinations of powers, weaponry, armor, uniforms, colors and attributes have been used up - now all that can be done - well, mostly - is to mix and match.

 

I’m not saying that this project is a slam-dunk success. In fact, I think the odds are against it getting a big foothold and making a big splash within 365 days, when you consider how tough the market is out there. But I love the initiative and it absolutely has a chance of accomplishing its goal eventually. Which is all anyone can ask. If they only manage to hook a few hundred youngsters on the game, then that’s a few hundred more than they had before. And those few hundred have a few hundred friends…and so on. Add to the fact that these kids may not have another sporting option over the next couple of years with looming lockouts in the other big leagues, and the timing for this is perfect.

 

I encourage you to get your kids to vote on the Facebook campaign (a million strong and counting) and show them this column (which further ties into my goal of growing fantasy hockey!), as I’ll do my best to explain the heroes one by one (I’ll add to this as they get announced). On page two, some quotes and more information from my conversation with Baratta.

 

Here is the lowdown on the characters so far:

 

duck

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Duck

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attributes: Marine trained; calm; tough as nails; futuristic bio-suit helmet allows for breathing underwater; boots allow for water gliding at high speeds; bio-suit wings allow for short bursts of flight - what this all means is, he is the only Guardian without super powers, but his wealth sets him up with cool gear ala "Batman"

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comparables: Batman, but in the water.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Story: hails from a rich family. Personality very similar to Bruce Wayne. But his suit/gadgets all relate to the water.

 

 

 

 

 

 

thrash

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Thrasher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attributes: The fastest Guardian (five times the speed of sound); can fly; possesses hand cannons, mini-cruise missiles;

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comparables: The Flash (speed), Angel/Archangel, Iron Man's weaponry. But all of this is a stretch, it's fairly original with bits of unoriginal slapped together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Story:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bruin

 

 

 

 

The Bruin

 

 

 

Attributes: Intelligent, quick, uncanny sense of smell, elite tracker, and his roar freezes opponents with fear.

 

 

 

Comparable: If he was blue he would look similar to Beast. Some attributes similar to Wolverine.

 

 

 

Story: A "big kid" who is actually very mild mannered - but only when his belly is full. I guess a possible running side joke will be his need to always eat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sabre

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Sabre

 

 

 

Attributes: Body completely comprised of water. The hydro-suit gives him the ability to control his appearance, though he often chooses "human". He can be liquid, solid or gaseous as needed.

 

 

 

Comparable: powers remind us a little of Iceman. The look reminds us of Silver Surfer.

 

 

 

Story: a scientist (hydro-engineering), and the product of an experiment gone wrong.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Flame

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Flame

 

 

 

Attributes: Resistant to heat, pyrokinesis, hands can launch fireballs, eyes can focus flaming lasers that can pierce bulletproof glass, wings made of flames allow for flight.

 

 

 

Comparable: The Human Torch, Angel, Cyclops, the Phoenix, Pyro

 

 

 

Story: By day he's a Calgary politician who enjoys hockey (duh) and skiing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More Guardians, as well as my conversation with Baratta next page...

 


 

Adam Baratta

 

What the NHL and GME (Guardian Media Entertainment) want to make clear is that this project/idea has been in the works for a long time and they plan to have it around for a long time. Imagine this: a weekly Saturday cartoon series, an interactive Facebook game, and of course merchandising. This called "branding". Get the name and logo ingrained in the young minds out there and they will prove to be more familiar (and thus more interested and loyal) later on.

 

"Loyalties created as kids do stay with us for life." Believes Adam Baratta, chief creative officer for GME. And he's exactly right. He was raised in Philadelphia but has lived in Los Angeles for most of his adult life - yet he is a Flyers/Eagles fan through and through. He didn't need to cite that example, because we all have a friend who loves a team from when they were young, even though they now live hundreds of miles away.

 

I won't get into the NFL origins of the Project, as this was covered nicely over at Puck Daddy. In fact, I tried to steer clear of the questions asked by the mainstream and delve into things from a perspective of a 10 year old. What's the potential of a weekly cartoon show?

 

"A show like this, with Stan Lee's name on it, sells itself." Baratta assures me. GME's interest lies more in finding a network - not necessarily NBC - who is open to giving all 30 Guardians, plus the main character Mike Mason, equal play. It's tough to convince a network that a 30 minute show can develop interest in 31 characters (not to mention villains, other citizen characters, etc). But the thinking is, each week would feature five Guardians in the plot. The Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, and other cable networks are also in play. Stan Lee's name is key, of course. His legacy as the greatest superhero creator in history carries a lot of weight. "We could sell the series today."

 

Baratta really encourages everyone and their kids to tune into the show on January 30th at the All-Star Game (of course), saying it will be "a show that will answer a ton of questions about this project". There will be a threat to the Game itself, and will be up to Mike Mason and the 30 heroes to save the day. More in-depth backgrounds will be revealed and the powers will be seen in action.

 

The initiative is a good one. Picture sitting with your 12-year-old son on the couch watching the game. Well, you're watching the game. He's texting his friends or playing on Facebook. Now picture the same situation, but the Facebook game he is playing is the Guardian 30 - and when his (and your) team scores you both cheer: you, because your team scored and he because his character gets bonus powers. The fortunes of the team on the ice - live - tie in with the fortunes of his game play. Before you know it, your son is paying more and more attention to the NHL game and less attention to the Facebook one. That's just one thing on the horizon.

 

"The next generation of fan is not being cultivated." Opines Baratta. Again he is bang on. What are the NFL, MLB and NBA doing to bring in the younger generation? Just hoping that the older generation brings them in, because that's how it has always been done. But other generations have not had to compete with the wireless world and gaming world the way it is today. The NHL is wise to break new ground with this. It sure beats status quo.

 

On with the rest of the Guardians:

 

 

 

 

Hurricane

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Hurricane

 

 

 

 

Attributes: Obviously he controls the elements

 

 

 

 

 

Comparables: The look is fairly unique, though I've seen the flowing red hair before, as well as the tornado half-body. Powers obviously similar to Storm and other element-controling heroes.

 

 

 

 

 

Story: An intelligent entrepreneur who favors honor, loyalty and friendship. Betrayal is the ultimate wrong.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blackhawk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Blackhawk

 

 

 

 

 

Attributes: Wears body armor, can control the wind

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comparables: Again, the look is unique. Granted, heroes have been given wings plenty of times, and the red armor has been used often. But you'd be reaching if you can dig up any remotely popular hero from the archives and say that the look matches.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Story: He's happy-go-lucky, has an open mind, fun to be around. No back story revealed yet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

avalanche

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Avalanche

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attributes: Controls the elements of ice and rock; freezes what he touches; wears a titanium suit; if the conditions allow for it, he can create an avalanche.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comparables: Captain Planet - not the most popular character ever created, but probably the closest likeness. Powers are similar to Iceman, but controlling rocks is a slant on that.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Story:  A gambler. A risk-taker. He has a problem with authority. He's probably the bad-ass of the Guarndians.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

blue jacket

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Blue Jacket

 

 

 

 

Attributes: Encased in a metal suit of armor, has a devastating array of weaponry, can communicate with long-dead Civil War Generals, can cocoon his victim with astral plasma (that appears as the state flag of Ohio) which temporarily suspends the victim in time.

 

 

 

 

 

Comparables: Optimus Prime of Transformers fame. A bit of Iron Man, too.

 

 

 

 

Story: He has a great military mind and relies on his intelligence in battle more than his weaponry, despite what you see in the picture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

star

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Star





Attributes: Rides the solar wind, can manipulate magnetic tension fields. Harnesses energy to create a weapon he calls a "solar flare"

 

 

 

 

 

Comparables: Reminds me of Dr. Octopus (color scheme), Magneto (powers), Vision

 

 

 

 

 

Story: A "Celestial Enforcer", implying that he is not of this world. Made up mostly of Hydrogen and Helium gasses. Confident to the point of cocky, he is DobberHockey's kind of hero. Catchphrase: "There's a new Sheriff in town."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

red wing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Red Wing

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attributes: Superhuman tracking abilities (like the Bruin), can telekinetically manipulate anything mechanical, aerodynamic.

 

 

 

Comparables: A bit of the later version of Angel, a bit of any Transformer that stemmed from a jet. But mostly quite a unique character.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Story: He is meticulous and thoughtful, but has trouble improvising if the plan goes awry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

oiler

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Oiler

 

 

 

 

Attributes: 10-foot-5, 950 pounds of muscle, has the strength to blast through concrete walls, can blast torrents of energized oil

 


 

 

 

Comparables: Juggernaut is the obvious one. Can't think of anyone with oil-shooting powers though.

 

 

 

 

 

Story: He's gritty and tough, loves the blue-collar workers. He loves pushing up his sleeves and working with his hands. He also loves to explore the Canadian northern wilderness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

panther

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Panther

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attributes: Half-man/half-panther; extremely agile; razor-sharp gold-tipped claws that can rip through six inches of metal; night vision; can jump to great heights/distances; can blend in with surroundings to near invisibility; controls the element of shadow/dark matter.

 

 

 

 

 

Comparables: Almost exactly like the Black Panther, one of the cooler characters of the Marvel universe. Then again, how would YOU make the "Panther"? A swan head and the body of a seahorse?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Story: The Peter Pan syndrome. Immature, happy-go-lucky, no responsibilities...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

king

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The King

 

 

 

Attributes: Strong, agile and skilled with the sword. His shield can create a force field around him and his sword can "cause earthquakes".

 

 

 

 

Comparables: The Black Knight all the way

 

 

 

 

 

 

Story: He wants to lead the Guardians into battle. He's the guy who charges into the fray, sword swinging and shield raised. In life, he is a celebrity and a big star of stage and film, and seems to enjoy that side of his life more than the superhero side.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wild

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Wild

 

 

 

 

 

Attributes: Changes into "wild" form and when he does so he gains his superhero powers, but his "wild" form is too volatile and unpredictable; razor-sharp claws that can tunnel through the earth's crust quickly; hands have celestial incinerators.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comparable: wolves are done often in comic books, but generally as the bad guy. Could compare to Beast, Sasquatch, Leo (of Zodiac fame). But for the most part quite unique. Pat on the back for drawing up unique characters, because as I said before - everything has been done and options for each character are limited by their name/logo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Story: An intellectual - extremely brilliant problem solver. He chains himself up at night to protect others from his "volatile side".

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canadien

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Canadien

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attributes: Jets attached to boots to aid flight or road travel. Also skate blades and in-line skates that can pop out as needed for travel over ice or roads. His can enhance the powers of the Guardians around him, and he can also absorb  and copy the powers of the other Guardians as needed.

 

 

 

 

Comparable: Both Iron Man and Cobra Commander have been bandied about. Power absorbtion is Rogue's power and power augmentation (enhancing) is Ando's power from the show "Heroes". See, I told you all powers have been done before. So asking for something completely unique is impossible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Story: He is a ladies' man who is culturally refined and is successful at everything he undertakes. Very independent, he does his own thing and it's up to others to follow. Or not. Very well respected by citizens and heroes alike.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

predator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Predator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attributes: Titanium claws that can rip through most anything (Marvel probably has the patent on the term "Adamantium"); can spit radioactive plasma.

 

 

 

 

 

Comparables: Some Wolverine/Sabretooth in him. The radioactive spit is pretty unique though.

 

 

 

 

 

Story: A skilled musician who can play most instruments well. Prefers the guitar. Sees himself as the underdog. He has a tremendous sense of honor and duty and would rather die than fail. Almost impossible to beat in a fight because of that all-or-nothing attitude.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

devil

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Devil

 

 

 

 

Attributes: Hoofed feet, wings of a bat, horse's head; he can withstand heat; breathes fire; a whip-like tail made of flexible titanium with barbed hooks at the end.

 

 

 

 

Comparables: Another unique one. The horse's head reminds me of some villains, and the wings will always draw comparisons to Angel or Archangel. Breathing fire is done by several characters. But the tail I think is unique and the combination of everything is also quite original.

 

 

 

 

 

Story: He makes up for his appearance by being extra kind and caring. Loves to play practical jokes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

isles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Islander

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attributes: super strength; can manipulate ocean currents and weather patterns; can turn parts of his body to water.

 

 

 

 

 

Comparables: I'm stumped. Looks familiar...but can't think of a character. I don't know why Juggernaut pops into my head, other than the size of this character and the helmet. Let's give credit for another original.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Story: He's a sailor (of course), and tough as nails.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ranger

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Ranger

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attributes: rides a "hover horse"; an innovative machinest; given that the GP claims The Duck as the only Guardian without super powers, I can only assume that The Ranger has powers similar to what Captain America was given  - added strength and speed. Speculation only.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comparables: Robo-Cop crossed with Captain America/The Captain with the vigilante attitude of The Punisher.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Story: Is a vigilante cop-type of character. Very friendly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sen

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Senator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attributes: Much like Thor, he is half-man/half god; without knowing for sure, I would assume that he has god-like strength, god-touched weapon and shield; Having lived for two millenium, he obviously has a lot of wisdom from experience; a natural leader.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comparables: The Black Knight, Thor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Story: He is a trained gladiator - one of the best. Later he became a Senator.  Is a decendent of the Roman God Jupitor. He has lived for 2000 years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

flyer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Flyer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attributes: Flight, incredible sight (pinpoints objects from 30 thousand feet), x-ray vision, has a pet titanium eagle and can see whatever the eagle sees, he can read minds and make a person do things against their will, and is a true telekinetic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comparables: Angel/Archangel, but with better powers and the pet angle is pretty cool. What else are you going to make "The Flyer"? A person who drives a car?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Story: He is very patriotic and very intense as a personality. Loves to be the leader.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coyote

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Coyote

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attributes: Controls the element of sand; can call upon a pack of coyotes; retractable claws; can fire cactus quills from inside his coat; can handle extreme heat/cold weather temperatures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comparables: Uh - Wolverine? While there are some unique aspects to this character, this one is the least original of the 30. Looks a lot like Wolverine, and though the powers are different, the claws are the same.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Story: He's a drifter who wanders the desert. He's adaptable and dependable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

penguin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Penguin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attributes: Can project ice missiles from his hands and glide on a sheet of ice. Small wings don't enable him to fly, but allow him to glide through the air.

 

 

 

 

 

Comparables: Cyclops (appearance), Iceman (powers)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Story: Son of a steel worker. Thinks outside the box - a gifted inventor. Adapts to change with ease.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

shark

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Shark

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attributes: Nearly blind (like actual sharks) so his other senses are heightened; controls an army of sharks; software empath (I assume that means he can control computers with his mind); not an officially detailed attribute, but I'm guessing he's a kick-ass swimmer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comparables: Submariner and Aquaman come to mind pretty quickly, but this character is quite a bit different from them. Unique.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Story: A computer geek from Silicon Valley. Very low key and relaxed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

blue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Blue (to be posted when released)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attributes: Controls the element of sound for mind control; ability to teleport.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comparables: Very cool. Kind of reminds me of Dr. Strange crossed with Nightcrawler.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Story: He's quiet, reserved, mysterious - and of course, he loves music.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lightning

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lightning

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attributes: Can move at the speed of lightning, can travel from place to place using power lines, can summon lightning from the sky and harness the energy, can focus electric blasts from his fingertips, can create a "bolt spear" and hurl it at the enemy, can travel on lightning pulses shaped like a surfboard.

 

 

 

 

 

Comparables: Electricity as a power has been done lot of times, but any character with such power has yet to become a popular one. The surfboard reminds us of Silver Surfer. Another original.

 

 

 

 

 

Story: A brazen, cocky man of action. A ladies man, he is also unpredictable and bold.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

maple leaf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Maple Leaf





 

 

 

 

Attributes: Is immovable and can grow in size; branches sprout from feet or hands at will to grasp objects; can shoot sap and trap the victim as if in a web; can communicate with the plant world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comparables: Very original. Like an Ent from Lord of the Rings. The power to grow has been done lots of times, as has the communication with plants and sprouting branches from the body. But the combination of things creates a pretty unique hero.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Story: Nickname is "Trunk". He is the funny man of the group, always there with a joke.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

canuck


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Canuck

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attributes: The cape possesses the ability to shape shift; he can propel himself out of water to great heights; can use Echo Location to track enemies in the water; can summon rain and then use the ensuing downpour to create weapons; can summon his whale friends for aid when needed; has spikes in his ankle and wrist bands that enable him to maneuver through tree tops quickly; can use focused sonar blasts as a weapon

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comparables: The appearance reminds us of Batman. The powers and abilities are again very unique. Summoning weather and calling animals to assist is nothing new, but this is a new slant to that.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Story: Fearless personality, but other than that I am unable to dig up any information about the Canuck's background and personality.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

capital

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Capital

 

 

 

 

 

Attributes: Can shape-shift, can speak any language and assimilate himself into any culture. Like The Flyer, he has uncanny eyesight that can spot an object from 30 thousand feet. He has a sonic scream that can destroy objects (or bad guys).

 

 

 

 

 

Comparables: None. While the idea of a "bird-man" has been used many times over the years, none have carried any real presence. The sonic scream has been done by Banshee and Black Canary. But in reality this is a very original character.

 

 

 

 

Story: He is (or has been) a CIA operative. His shape-shifting allows him to hide the fact that he is a seven foot half-man, half-eagle. He is a master interrigator. He is the "spy" of the Guardian group.

 

 


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Martin said:

mapletreemarty
The Penguin = Frozone The Penguin seems to be a replicate of Frozone from the movie The Incredibles, the look, and the gliding around on ice sheets etc. etc.
January 31, 2011
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Larry said:

Rollie1967
the Islander- LMAO! They gave him an anchor! appropriate- right to the bottom (of the standings) smilies/grin.gif
January 30, 2011
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kjazz said:

kjazz
... Well, points for creativity for sure. I was a huge comicbook fan growing, so was interested in what they came up with. Some of the heroes are pretty cool (e.g., The Blue, The Star), and some are very creative considering the team's name (e.g., The Maple Leaf).

What annoys me about some of these characters is that it seems like they tried to do too much with them. They start with a neat premise based on the name, but then they try and throw too many bells and whistles that make the character look kinda corny. Like the Coyote firing cactus quills? Or the Shark on waterskis? "Celestial incinerators" on the hands of the Wild? Talking with dead Civil-War Generals? Or the roller-wheels on the Red Wing? How's that guy supposed to fight with wheels on his feet and giant metal wings? (well, maybe I should see the comics on that one...)

For the Wild, I think the ability to change into wild-form is the right approach, but instead of adding makeshift incinerators, just give him the ability to change into different wild forms.

Or The Canadien. Looks cool and obviously looks like Iron Man, and I can understand the need to differentiate him. but his additional power of being able to absorb other Guardian powers seems a bit too much---i.e., that's a strong power in-and-of-itself.

The Capital seems just like a mish-mash of various abilities (shape-shifting, language-abilities, long-distance sight, sonic scream).

Ok, i'll stop rambling now. All my complaints aside, I think overall it is very creative and I like most of it. I guess my annoyances are more related to inconsistencies within a character's powers, or over-doing it in the powers they give one of them. Anyways, interesting idea.
January 29, 2011
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Jeff Lucarelli said:

jeffl97
... The stars & blues look the coolest (imo).
Looks like Chicago's has Kane's face on it lol
January 29, 2011
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Yanick said:

Yanos
Original 6 Where is the number'6' on the The Red wing??? All original 6 have a 6 on their guardian.
January 28, 2011 | url
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Kyle said:

Nationwide
Avalanche The Avalanche reminds of Dr. Freeze or whatever his name is from Batman a bit. Other than that i agree that most of the guardians are actually surprisingly original
January 24, 2011
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Methodical said:

Methodical
... I think "The Blue" should inolve the aquisition of super powers after a horrible golf cart accident.
January 24, 2011 | url
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Ricci said:

oprime
The Maple Leaf The Maple Leaf: ".... He fires sticky "sap" bombs from his fingertips that trap his opponents like an insect in amber. "

This power comes in handy when serving waffles too.
January 24, 2011
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Scott said:

sjww
... Like the NHL (robot) and Nascar (mole), they could have these characters in the lower left corner when the hockey game returns from commercial breaks. Maybe even have the two Marvel mascots of the current matchup duke it out.
January 23, 2011
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Eric said:

Hockey Hoser
The Capital? ROFL POWER OF SLEEP!!!
January 22, 2011
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Tim Norris said:

One Man Wolf Pack
It Works Already I just finished reading this article and checking out all the characters. I am 35 years old and a fan of comic books (although not over the top like some), love comic-book related movies, and was saddened when they took Heroes off the air. So I think I can say with some authority that this is going to be a good thing. In fact, as I was reading my 6 year old daughter came up and asked me what I was looking at. I took her through the whole story and idea of what the NHL was trying to do, but she was more into just looking at the "cartoons." So we skimmed through all of them and picked out the ones we liked. I told her that when daddy is watching the NHL All-Star game that they would be showing a cartoon on the TV with these "heroes." She immediately replied," can I watch it with you." So I have a daddy-daughter All Star Game date. Looks like the NHL may have a winner with this one.
January 22, 2011
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Rob said:

rob2kx
The Capital I had to create an account just to comment on the awesomeness that is The Capital. The colour scheme of course brings to mind Captain America, which is a no-brainer seeing as he is representing the USA. Unfortunately, his attributes fail completely to capture the beauty of his country. A more suitable power would be the ability to speak exactly one language and fly to every country in North America (except for Mexico and Canada).
January 22, 2011
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Six I'm assuming the Red Wing should have a 6 somewhere on him.
True?
January 21, 2011
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stewart macpherson said:

stew350
... I think the senator should have the power of sleep
January 21, 2011
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Veritas0Aequitas said:

Veritas0Aequitas
Hurricane The Hurricane - You mentioned the hair reminds you of someone. How about his look reminds me a lot of Omega Red?
January 21, 2011
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Hullofafan said:

Hullofafan
The Star Reminds me of DC's Wildfire from the LSH. I think this is a great idea to try and draw in youth to the fan base. Comics along with cartoons are the best avenues.
January 21, 2011
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STONE. said:

STONE.
Marvel = ESPN I think another important connection is that ESPN and Marvel are connected through Disney (owner of both). Could this be one step closer to the NHL on ESPN? That would make it a far more present force for American audiences.
January 21, 2011
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Methodical said:

Methodical
... I'm not in love with superheroes or comic books, so the Stan Lee thing doesn't do much for me personally, but my hope is always for hockey to become bigger and better.

Promoting the sport through all sorts of unconventional avenues is the way to do this; whether it is more hockey on TV in the U.S., doing a 24/7 series over the best rivalry, proving fantasy hockey is more fun than fantasy football, or creating team Super Heroes. Either way, I am very glad to see this Guardian Project.

If it gets one more kid to pick up a hockey stick, or one more adult to join a beer league, or one more person to watch 5-10 more hockey games a year, then I would say it is well worth it. The sport needs to be marketed more, and it is about time Bettman did something like this.
January 21, 2011 | url
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Craig MacDonald said:

CJMac17
After further review... OK, so like many of you I heard about this from an email being circulated in our fantasy hockey league. At first, I thought "great another lame attempt by the NHL to create a positive buzz for hockey that is going to going to end up losing respect and possibly fans not gaining them." Then I read your article and tried my best to look into the NHL's crystal ball. Surprisingly, I saw the end in mind...MORE FANS. I think this is a brilliant idea and if this project creates more fantasy hockey players, or better yet hockey participants I would call it an overwhelming success. Even if the 30 - 50 year old hockey enthusiasts have to take the constant jabs of fans, buddies, family and generally anyone who doesn't see the bigger picture. I for one look forward with anticipation for the positive impact this will have on the game.
January 21, 2011
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