Hey Look! It’s A Hockey Playing Robot! (Video)

hockey playing robotA few years ago it appeared as though Don Cherry was trying to make Alex Ovechkin into the first hockey playing robot when he criticized the Russian superstar for his over-exuberant celebrations.  Unfortunately for Cherry, his criticism fell on deaf ears, as Ovechkin’s goal celebrations continue to be as exuberant as ever, albeit a lot less frequent nowadays.

But while Cherry was unable to turn one of the league’s best scorers into a robot, his dream of seeing robots play the game of hockey may come a lot sooner than he or anyone else expected thanks in large part to the fine work of a few students from the University of Manitoba’s Autonomous Agents Laboratory, who created the following humanoid robot ice hockey player for 2012 DARwIn-OP Humanoid Appliance Challenge.

If the robot – which goes by the name of Jennifer – fails to win the challenge, its next step could be a try-out with the Montreal Canadiens.  With the team struggling and Andrei Markov having played only 52 games over the past three seasons, they could be in the market for a durable defenseman, and they don’t get much more durable than stainless steel robots.

Check it out.

Hat Tip – [ieee Spectrum]