By Jason Lockhart
Only a few SF Bulls players (Peter Sivak, Hans Benson and backup goalie Dave Guy) were even alive the year the last of the original Star Wars movies was released—Return of the Jedi in 1983. But with the release of Episodes I, II and III at the turn of this Century, the Star Wars craze was able to reach the new generation of Millennials. Fans of the series, young and old, each argue which movie is the best, which character is most entertaining, and which they wouldn’t mind being eliminated from the final trilogy, set to be released in 2015. We sat down with some of the SF Bulls players to talk about their Star Wars experiences as a lead-up to Star Wars Day at the Cow Palace this Sunday.
Benson, has a special tie to the films, because his uncle, Bruce Nicholson, won an Academy Award for his work on the films in special effects.
“I remember watching the films as a kid,” said Benson. “I was a fan of Obi-Wan Kenobi in the original trilogy. But I liked Anakin in the newer trilogy. He’s got so much raw talent.”
His thoughts on Episodes VII, VIII and IX being released? “I’m fine with them as long as Disney does a good job.”
Not surprisingly, Scott Langdon, is a fan of Yoda.
“I like Yoda because of his leadership skills,” said Langdon, the captain of the Bulls. “He has all of this wisdom, but he’s also this little green alien who’s not afraid to fight.”
While talking about the movie, Simon Danis-Pepin was quick to chime in that it’s a shame that George Lucas never won an Academy Award for his work on the films. He was nominated for Best Director for his work on Episode IV: A New Hope.
Dave Guy, the Bulls’ emergency back-up goalie with Thomas Heemskerk in Worcester, is the team’s elder statesman.
“I actually saw the first Star Wars in the theatres when I was six,” admits Guy. “I was a fan of Boba Fett. Who doesn’t like his outfit? I’m excited for the new films to come out so my kids can enjoy them.”
Whether you were alive to see the original Star Wars films in the theatres or have only seen them on video or DVD, Sunday will be a day of celebration for one of the most popular movie franchises of all-time. Come dressed in your best Star Wars outfit for a Costume Contest. For each costume worn to the game, $5 will be donated to Kristi Yamaguchi’s Always Dream Foundation. We hope to see you Sunday.