Here is a list of the non-hockey stars—"some of the biggest names in Hollywood"—the NHL will have on hand tonight for its Las Vegas awards ceremony (7 p.m., Versus): Jon Hamm, Jerry Bruckheimer, Kevin Smith, Jennifer Beals. OK, if not quite A-list, definitely a list. Unfortunately, they accompany repeat host Mohr (fast becoming the Billy Crystal of these NHL awards), that Far East Movement thing, and some other thing called Dierks Bentley.
Oh, NHL. We've spoken at some length about this before, but, you know, there's nothing wrong with employing serious acts or MCs. These groups wouldn't make the cut to be contingency bands on the American Idol results shows (although that Dierks thing apparently enjoys watching Idol), and yet the NHL squeals over them for pop-cult crossover. Same for Mohr, who's spawned more ill-fated vehicles than the abandoned AMC plant. Por que, NHL? Why not just plant your tongue all the way in your cheek and hire Bobcat Goldthwait and the Black Eyed Peas? Or you could have a goofy player host it. We've just come off a superb playoffs with big ratings—of course the NHL would have to remind us of its penchant to be exceedingly rinky-dink.