The Winter Classic has hit the Pig Time.
In one of the more unique entertainment choices in the event's history, the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic held piglet races, a staple of the Texas State Fair, at intermissions. All the pigs were given unique, hockey-related names.
Gabriel Landeskog, the Colorado Avalanche captain, was plenty amused by his namesake.
The first race featured Alex "OINK"vechkin, Joe "PORK'velski, Bobby "BOAR" and Ro-"HAM"Josi. The second pitted Gabriel Landes"HOG", Tyler "SWINE"in, Gordie "SOW"e and "PORK"a-rine. The third race had Jordan "PIG"ington, Andrew "HOG"liano, Ray "Pork" and Ryan Jo"HAM"sen.
Gabriel Landes"HOG" won the second heat, joining Ro"HAM" Josi and Ray "PORK" in the final.
NBC color analyst Eddie Olczyk went down to race level to take in the first round of action, which left him and broadcast partner Mike "Doc" Emrick in stitches.
For those interested parties, Ro"HAM" Josi was the big winner in the finale.