- Created: 06 January 2016
The Eugene Generals laced up their boogie shoes skates for a one-of-a-kind remix of Michael Jackson's infamous "Thriller" music video.
Originally brainstromed as a way to promote the Generals' First Annual Blood Drive presented by Lane Blood Center and the Health & Safety Institute, the music video had been in the works for weeks leading up to the event.
Generals GM Flint Doungchak took the reigns of coordinating all of the coreopgraphy and practicing for more than a week with the team, in addition to regular practices and off-ice workouts.
Once the team had perfected the dance moves, it was up to members of the University of Oregon's Allen Hall Advertising team to film and edit the video in under 24 hours, no small feat when dealing with more than twenty junior hockey players.
"It was amazing - and a little hilarious - to see how invovled the boys got in this project," said Doungchak. "It actually turned into a fantastic team building event with players coaching one another and working with each other to make sure that everyone was on the same page."
After nearly four hours of filming on the ice, the players's energy and eagerness to nail every step of the infamous "Thriller" dance was still sky-high as AHA's team worked diligently and tirelessly capturing all of the choreographed chaos.
"This will undoubtedly serve as one of our players' most memorable moments here in Eugene," continued Doungchak, "but greater than that, this ultimately helped raise awareness for a fantastic event, one that we look forward to continuing for many years."
During the three hour blood drive that took place before the Generals' December 19th game vs. the Seattle Ravens, a 6-2 win for the Generals, the Lane Blood Center received blood donation registrations from nearly 50 fans at The Rink Exchange, with 30 donating blood on-site.
Continuing the celebration of the blood drive on the ice, the Generals then wore one-of-a-kind "zombie" jerseys vs. the Ravens that were specially designed for that evening's game, with a "zombie" jersey being raffled off to one of the evening's many blood donors.