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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.



















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.





















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.

















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















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.
























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.
















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.



















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.





















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.
























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.










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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.






















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.

















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:

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:

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:

... 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:

... 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:

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:

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:

... 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:

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:

... 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
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:

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:

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

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

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:

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:

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:

... 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:

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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