With Marian Hossa playing in a goodbye game, I had to bring back the Sunday Cinema and Blackhawks Blend. The quote comes from one of my favorite movies of all time, a legendary one that celebrates seizing the day, and the city of Chicago.
After a game that celebrated fan favorite Hossa, it only seemed right.
Today’s Sunday Cinema and Blackhawks Blend brings in the iconic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
Ferris Bueller Seized the Day
I can’t imagine that an explanation or synopsis of the movie is necessary with CHN’s readers. The movie is a staple for any native Chicagoan and it’s a source of pride. Ferris Bueller, a senior in high school, feigns sickness and goes on a tour of Chicago with his girlfriend Sloan, and his best friend, Cameron. My love of the movie stemmed from its message, as well as the one liners and showcasing of the city. An added point for Cameron’s Gordie Howe jersey. (Sorry guys, that fandom will never be fully dead).
But the message behind the movie is taking the opportunity while it’s still there. Sure, there’s those things that stifle you and keep you down. High school is an odd place of cliques, and moments of trying to figure out where you belong. For Bueller, he’s trying to just take it a day at a time. He’s also wildly popular. The running gag in the movie is how everyone–including the police officer near the end of the movie, are all hoping that Ferris’ ailment (he fakes to get out of school) isn’t as bad as it sounds.
The film celebrates reveling in the moment–and it’s exactly what Marian Hossa did with former teammates and friends on Friday.
Hossa and Many Former Blackhawks Did, Too
Hossa and many of his pals suited up to skate in a final farewell to his career. Patrick Sharp, Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith and Marty Havlat all skated with him. Like Bueller, even a few players known for their Red Wings jerseys showed up with Henrik Zetterberg and Nicklas Lidstrom skating.
There's a lot of hockey talent in that dressing room… 👀
— NHL (@NHL) August 18, 2023
This was Hossa seizing the day, a career ending earlier than expected that likely was the catalyst in killing the Blackhawks hopes of ever having that championship window open again. But here it was, six years after that, and Hossa is scoring goals like he was wearing that familiar 81 in the iconic original six sweater.
Surrounded by his friends, capturing the hearts and minds of all those watching.
Just like Ferris Bueller.
Whether a Blackhawks fan or not, the line rang true from the secretary explaining the prevailing opinion of Beuller to his arch nemesis in dean Edward Rooney.
“‘They all adore him. They think he’s a righteous dude.”
Indeed, he is.
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