Edmonton Oilers winger Jordan Eberle got traded for Steve Stamkos in a funny Coke Zero TV commercial that’s a runaway hit on nhl.com and on YouTube, but that was play acting.
Eberle knows it would never happen in real life.
“I think I was the guinea pig. He went out and scored five (against my team) and I was minus five in the (make-believe) game,” said Eberle, who’ll see Stamkos for real on Thursday night in Florida when the Oilers play the Tampa Bay Lightning.
In the commercial, Stamkos’s dad, the team coach, calls him into his office and tells him he’s regretfully trading him for Eberle’s character, Kevin Wheeler. TSN’s Bob McKenzie hams it up as an all-knowing Zamboni driver who chimes in that it’s a great deal getting Wheeler.
“Last year, we did one with Coke and it was just me playing Wheeler. This time around they wanted that character, so they could put a movie script together to keep the idea going,” said Eberle, looking a little different with his Movember moustache.