Chicago Blackhawks Fire Benny the Bull After One-Game Tryout

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Chicago Blackhawks Fire Benny the Bull After One-Game Tryout

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You can’t blame him for giving it his best effort. The Chicago Blackhawks weren’t looking for a new mascot, as far as I knew, but nevertheless gave Chicago Bulls mascot Benny a one-game tryout as he and Blackhawks mascot Tommy Hawk decided to switch roles in a move inspired by The Parent Trap.

As you could imagine, the basketball-loving Benny needed some pointers on the finer points of Hockey. Thankfully, Tommy did his best to get Benny up to speed.

Giving Benny the notes and lyrics to ‘Chelsea Dagger’ and running him though the intermission zamboni procedures wasn’t all the training Benny would need, of course. Tommy and Blackhawks star Patrick Kane have had to improvise this season to make Kane’s pre-game ritual as normal as possible. Kane flipping pucks to Tommy all season has been a journey with mostly missed connections. Maybe Benny could break that trend with the right training?

Finally, it was tryout time.

First, the puck toss.

Tough break.

As the Blackhawks and Panthers battled it out on the ice, it took a little longer for Benny to understand the simple things in the game, like intermissions. Plural.

Thanks to a late goal by Alex DeBrincat, the Blackhawks and Panthers would go to overtime, which seemed to confuse Benny again on how much hockey is usually played in a regular game. Again, Benny, it’s “periods.”

He showed the energy and drive to continue to improve that you want to see from a raw talent in their first taste of the big time, but in the end it wasn’t going to work out for Benny. He got the call from Blackhawks President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Stan Bowman that everyone dreads getting. He was being sent home.

Keep your head up, kid. (Kid? I don’t know how old he is in mascot years or if they go by mascot years or just regular human years or… whatever.)

There’s always a home for you with the Chicago Bulls!

Author: Mario Tirabassi

Mario Tirabassi is a writer for Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @Mario_Tirabassi.