CM Punk received some mainstream sports media publicity on Thursday when he was selected by Comcast Sportsnet Chicago to co-anchor their coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks’ celebratory Stanley Cup Parade.
Punk is no stranger to CSN Chicago, having been interviewed by the station in the past at the United Center while attending Blackhawks games. Punk has been a long-time fan of Chicago’s hockey team, going back to his days growing up in the area in the 1980s and 1990s. During most of that period, the Blackhawks weren’t competing for Stanley Cups, but the recent turnaround in the fortunes of the team has brought light to Punk’s hardcore fandom for them.
While on the road with WWE over the years, it was difficult for Punk to attend many of the Blackhawks’ games at Chicago’s United Center in person due to his hectic road schedule. However, since leaving WWE following the 2014 Royal Rumble, Punk has had a lot more time on his hands (when he’s not training for his upcoming MMA debut). Punk was very visibile at the Blackhawks’ home games throughout the season, especially during the recent Stanley Cup Finals games against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Tampa Bay is the home of another wrestling legend, though. Hulk Hogan made it a point on Twitter to trash talk Punk’s Blackhawks while the series was going on. Punk, not seeing Hulk as a real hockey fan (due to Hulk not knowing the names of the Lightning’s coach or team captain), shot back.
Apparently, the feud didn’t end with the Blackhawks’ six game victory over the Lightning. During Thursday’s Comcast Sportsnet Chicago coverage of the Blackhawks’ victory parade, Punk was immediately asked about the rivalry. Punk responded with some choice words for the Hulkster.
“No he’s not (a fan of the Lightning). That’s the problem I have with that. If I’m a Lightning fan, I’m embarrassed they hitched their wagon to a guy like that. Doesn’t know Stamkos’s name, the captain’s name. Icing to him is something he eats three times a day.”
“My love for hockey supersedes anything else and I would just like to see people tune in and understand the game and appreciate the game for what it is. You put something on there like that, it kind of lowers it a little. If I’m a Lightning fan, I want someone to better represent my team. They’re a hell of an organization. That paints them in the wrong light.”
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