LOS ANGELES - If the blockbuster movies and hit TV show roles ever dry up, Jon Hamm might have found his next gig.
The Emmy Award-winning actor, who is best-known for his role as Don Draper in Mad Men and has appeared in such blockbuster films such as The Town, Baby Driver, Tag and Bridesmaids, was in the broadcast booth Thursday and called Ivan Barbashev's third-period goal against the Los Angeles Kings on FOX Sports Midwest.
"I love (hockey)… I love skating, I love this play and I love that goal!" Hamm said as Barbashev scored to give the Blues a 4-0 lead at Staples Center. "Fourth line contributing so hard. God, (Barbashev's) a spark plug!"
Hamm - a St. Louis native - is a diehard Blues fan and grew up hearing Dan Kelly call games on TV and radio.
So what did Hamm think of his call?
"It was terrible! I'm not a hockey announcer," Hamm told stlouisblues.com after the game. "It's amazing how (John Kelly and Darren Pang) are able to seamlessly call the flow of the game that moves as fast as ice hockey. I can't do it, but I certainly love watching it. I'll just keep watching."
"It was so cool to meet him," John Kelly said. "I've obviously watched him for years on TV. He did such a great job on that Barbashev goal, I'm worried that he might take my job. If Jon Hamm wants my job, he'll probably get it! But seriously, what really impressed me the most about him was he was so genuine, and he also knew the Blues so well. It was nice to have him up there with us, it was a great experience for everybody."
After Thursday's win, Hamm went to the locker room to meet Barbashev for the first time.
The actor said he's been very pleased with the Blues and their recent upward trend.
"I think we're looking good," Hamm said. "There had to be a come-down after [their 11-game winning streak], so I thought for what it was, a couple of losses here and there - OK, that makes sense, that's just the way the NHL works. But to come back and have strong games against teams that you should beat - especially tonight against the Kings - they played so well in all three zones. All the lines were jumping, everybody looked healthy. For the second night of a back-to-back, everybody looked great.
"I'm really proud of the guys."