Romany Malco, better known as the black guy from "The 40 Year Old Virgin", is apparently an ardent hockey fan and what a more appropriate way to show off his hockey geekdom than by talking with Deadspin's former puckheaded savant Greg Wyshynski. Malco does have an interesting theory on how the NHL should better promote itself, though.:

I don't know if I'm going to get myself in trouble here, but I'm going to throw it out there anyway. I think hockey needs a new campaign, and ... this is going to sound so gay ... but when people see me in my hockey gear, they go, 'Oh, man, I ain't gonna mess with him.' But that's because they automatically associate hockey with violence," he said, "and there's a lot more sportsmanship and a lot more skill involved than people, especially in this country, think there is.

And there are a lot of, like, hunks. If women knew the physiques that were in that locker room. The flexibility of these guys is amazing. There are a lot of good-looking men. Real, rugged, model-looking type guys. There's a whole bunch of Brad Pitts on the ice. We need a whole campaign of that [stuff], that shows a more human side to hockey. If people got to know the personalities on these hockey teams, not only could you make a couple of reality shows around them, but the people would really take a liking to them."

Hmm. Somebody seems to be no longer putting the pussy on a pedestal.

Interview: Puck Daddy chats with actor Romany Malco about 'Love Guru,' puck bunnies and why Bettman should lighten up [Puck Daddy]