You might already know this. Congratulations if you do (but please read anyway. It won't take long). So: the Wild made a big trade to acquire Martin Hanzal and Ryan White from the Coyotes.
Hanzal was kept off the score sheet in his Wild debut Monday against the Kings. But that hasn't stopped fans — either on Twitter or in person — from saying: "Hanzal. So hot right now" about him.
What is going on here?
Well, if you've seen the movie "Zoolander," you know. There's a scene in the comedy where Owen Wilson interrupts Ben Stiller — both of whom are male models — by making a grand entrance. Wilson's character is named "Hansel." Will Ferrell's character is being interviewed and says, "Hansel. So hot right now. Hansel."
Change the spelling, and there you go. Hanzal used to see signs in Arizona with the quote. And at least one Wild fan had one at Xcel Energy Center on Monday.
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