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Toledo Walleye’s ‘Rocky’ unis will have you saying, ‘Yo, Adrian’ (pic)

The Toledo Walleye will don very special uniforms for their game against the Brampton Beast on Saturday night. And while the ECHL-leading Walleye (49 points) aren’t an underdog by any means, the team hopes to bring that spirit into the bout by wearing a uniform inspired by none other than Rocky Balboa.

As part of “Rocky Tribute Night,” the Walleye will be wearing sweaters that are meant to resemble the Italian Stallion’s boxer physique up top — along with a belt — with breezers that bear a strikling resemblance to the patriotic trunks originally worn by Apollo Creed and later donned by Balboa himself.

Yo, Adrian, indeed. To say the Walleye have a puncher’s chance in winning Saturday’s game would be an understatement … and quite punny. You know, in light of the uniforms.

The Walleye even produced a video in which a player mimics Rocky’s legendary jog around the streets of Philadelphia, with Toledo and the team’s arena serving as an acceptable replacement.

As noted by Puck Daddy’s Sean Leahy, the fantastic jerseys and breezers will be auctioned off with proceeds benefiting Heroes in Action, International Boxing Club of Toledo and the Walleye Wishing Well.

Minor league teams — especially those in hockey, not to mention baseball as well — are always willing to “go the distance” when it comes to devising clever ways to put fans in the seats. The Toledo Walleye are simply the latest to come up with a brilliant concept.

[Puck Daddy]