Skip to main content
playoffs

Former WWE star Shawn Michaels becomes hockey fan

Pittsburgh's line of Hagelin-Bonino-Kessel, nicknamed HBK, attracts interest of 'Heartbreak Kid'

by NHL.com @NHL

Former WWE wrestler Shawn Michaels earned the nickname of "The Heartbreak Kid" (HBK), but the San Antonio, Texas, native caught his first glimpse of potential heartbreak in the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Monday. 

The Pittsburgh Penguins hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final at Consol Energy Center on Monday. Entering Game 2, the line of left wing Carl Hagelin, center Nick Bonino and right wing Phil Kessel, given the nickname of the "HBK Line" on Twitter, had combined for 31 points (11 goals, 20 assists) in this year's postseason.

The trio were responsible for the Penguins' second goal, scored by Kessel, that gave Pittsburgh a 2-0 lead at 9:37 of the first period. 

The volume of attention that the line received caught the WWE HBK's attention, enough to have him tune in to the game: 

Tweet from @ShawnMichaels: Y'all got me watching the game!!! #PITvsTBL #HBKLine pic.twitter.com/KQLRTqTAWX

The Penguins won 3-2 in overtime to tie the series at one win apiece. 

View More

The NHL uses cookies, web beacons, and other similar technologies. By using NHL websites or other online services, you consent to the practices described in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service, including our Cookie Policy.