“My telephone blew up instantly,” Skjei stated of the Nov. 18 episode that featured hip-hop icon Probability The Rapper. “I in all probability had like 20 textual content messages as quickly because it occurred and my Twitter and Instagram and the whole lot like that was blowing up. It was fairly cool.”
In a skit that has been seen almost three million occasions on YouTube as of Tuesday afternoon, Probability The Rapper performs Lazlo Holmes, a New York Knicks sideline reporter filling in at a New York Rangers recreation. He’s clearly out of his factor, cracking jokes about being too chilly, not understanding what’s occurring on the ice and struggling to pronounce the final identify of a number of gamers.
Like Brady Skjei.
After a pair minutes, “Saturday Night time Stay” forged member Alex Moffat seems on display for an “intermission interview” sporting a New York Rangers jersey and turns round to disclose “SKJEI” on the again.
“Sure, in order that’s an S, a Okay, and a J all subsequent to one another, in order that’s nope,” Probability The Rapper stated delivering the punchline with out lacking a beat.
That hit residence with Skjei, a former College of Minnesota star, as a result of individuals have been mispronouncing his identify since he was a child. For the document, it’s pronounced “Shay.”
“Yeah, that is sort of been a operating joke my entire life,” Skjei stated. “I really feel like all over the place I’ve gone, nobody has actually recognized how one can say it, so for SNL to do a skit on that was fairly humorous.”
When Skjei and his roommate Kevin Hayes sat down to observe that SNL episode, they assumed it will be a bit concerning the New York Rangers.
“Clearly, I had no concept it was going to be my jersey or something like that,” Skjei stated. “That is like the most important stage. To see my jersey up there was actually enjoyable.”
The 23-yr-previous has established himself as a key contributor on the Rangers blue line in his second yr with the the staff. He had 18 factors (three objectives, 15 assists) in fifty six video games getting into Tuesday’s recreation towards the Wild on the Xcel Power Middle.
Nonetheless, Skjei joked that the SNL point out has been the spotlight of his profession thus far.
“My jersey was on ‘Saturday Night time Reside,'” Skjei stated with amusing. “I assume I made it.”
If Eden Prairie native Nick Seeler makes his NHL debut for the Wild on Tuesday, he would be the 51st Minnesotan to play in an NHL recreation this season.
“That is loads of gamers,” stated Zach Parise, a Minneapolis native. “It speaks lots for what’s being completed on the youth degree right here. … It is all the time been a hotbed for hockey gamers, and it seems and sounds prefer it’s solely getting higher. That is a very good…