Hip Lead Singer Auditions as Ken Dryden

TSN.ca Staff with files


The Tragically Hip's lead singer Gord Downie has made his mark once again in hockey lore, this time wearing the red and white in one of the biggest moments in Canadian history.

The New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal reports that Downie was auditioning this week for a role as Hall of Fame goaltender Ken Dryden in a made-for-TV miniseries about the 1972 Summit Series.

"I remember being corralled into the library with all my classmates to watch," he recalled to the Jounral during on-ice tryouts in Fredericton, N.B.

"It was something I haven't experienced before or since. Teachers and students and principals, and everyone were one, which was odd."

Dryden - one of the top goaltenders of the 1970s - appeared to come out of nowhere to carry the Montreal Canadiens to the Stanley Cup in 1971. It was the first of six championships he would win in eight years in the NHL.