In a scan of the world's hottest female hockey players, it became quite clear that some of the absolute finest were goaltenders. While there were some definite stunners up front and on defense, there was something about the crop of goaltenders in women's hockey - and not just mediocre goalies at the collegiate and semi-professional level. Most of the goalies we came across were the stars for their respective national team, while others have potential to assume that role in the near future if their play continues to improve. Is there something about stopping 80-plus mile per hour slapshots that attracts the sport's most beautiful women? We can't be sure about the reasoning behind the fact, but it's clearly not only limited to hockey.
Say what you will about Hope Solo's character, but there's not a single male reader who wouldn't want to spend some alone time with the beautiful goalkeeper. The American is far from the only beautiful protector of the net in soccer, or football as the beautiful European ladies on this list would prefer. The list that follows include an eclectic group of talented and sexy women from a variety of backgrounds and nations who will do whatever it takes to keep you from scoring.
15 Siiri Valimaa
Finland isn't necessarily a dominant soccer power given the country's cold climate. Hockey is the preferred team sport (more on that later), but it has produced a number of quality soccer players, including Siiri Valimaa, a 27 year old blonde bombshell who plays for Kolbotn IL of the Norwegian women's premier division Toppserien. She has played for the team since 2013, following a four-year career with the Finnish club NiceFutis. She was on the country's roster for the 2013 UEFA Women's Euro Championship, but didn't appear in a game.
She surprisingly only has 547 followers on Instagram, although perhaps it isn't that surprising given she's a female soccer player currently playing in Norway. However, she's an obvious inclusion on this list and certainly worth of attracting more attention for both her looks and talent.
14 Valentina Wallner
We can't get enough of Swedish goaltender Valentina Wallner. The 27 year old was a member of the Swedish national team at both the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics and has represented her country at the international level since 2008, when she was a member of the U-18 team. Additionally, she competed in five World Championships and had a particularly-impressive performance at the 2014 tournament, when she recorded a 2.90 goals against average and .915 save percentage, which is quite good for a goaltender not on Canada or the United States.
13 Viona Harrer
A native of Kolbermoor, Germany, Viona Harrer is a 5-foot-6 goaltender who hasn't played since the 2013-14 regular season, but she's worth including on this list given her credentials. Not only has she represented Germany in eight World Championships and one Olympic Games, but she also happens to be a stunning black-haired babe with eye-popping assets.
12 Anna Prugova
Most of the women on this list - if not all of them - are incredibly aware of their own sexuality, although it's not something they flaunt on their social media pages or in photo shoots. They're committed to their respective sport and keep their personal lives separate. That isn't to say Russian hockey goaltender Anna Prugova isn't committed; rather, she's confident in her looks and doesn't mind making extra money for her beautiful body. Lord knows women's hockey isn't the most lucrative career pursuit.
11 Hope Solo
Hope Solo is one of the most fascinating figures in all of sports, let alone women's athletics. The United States national team goalkeeper has long been one of the best in the world and still is despite being 36 years old. She has also made headlines outside of soccer for her appearance on Dancing with the Stars as well as her domestic violence arrest in 2014. The case was eventually thrown out, but it left a black eye on her career.
Regardless, she's still an absolute babe, albeit a little intimidating at times, which probably contributes to her hotness. She often wears a stern or displeased look on her face while between the goal posts and you just know she could be ready to snap at any moment, but that's why we love her.
10 Monika Gyomber
Entrants on our list include beautiful women from Canada, France, Germany, Finland, and Sweden, among other nations, all of which have modest hockey and soccer programs. Monika Gyomber, however, is from Hungary, but isn't a soccer goalkeeper as one might expect; instead, the 26 year old beauty is a former goaltender with the country's national women's program who also played for a men's team in Budapest as well as Sweden's Vaxjo Ladies Lakers and Germany's ECDC Memmingen.
9 Eveliina Suonpaa
Earlier we teased the mention of a sexy Finnish goaltender in hockey and Eveliina Suonpaa is more than worth the wait. The 22 year old blonde-haired bombshell plays for Lukko of the top-tier women's league in Finland and has represented her country at numerous international competitions, including the 2014 Winter Olympics and recent World Championships.
8 Sabrina D'Angelo
Like Finland, Canada is primarily known for producing world-class hockey players, but it's surprisingly a solid soccer nation, at least on the women's side. The country's men's team is unable to compete with even the smallest of nations, but the women won the bronze medal at both the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics and hosted the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. It has received great goaltending in recent years from 30 year old Stephanie Labbe and the recently-retired Erin McLeod, but 24 year old Sabrina D'Angelo appears poised to take the reigns in the near future.
7 Emma Byrne
While most of the women on this list are either in their early 30s or 20s, Emma Byrne is a stone-cold fox at 38 years old who is even more sexy given her Irish accent - think WWE's Becky Lynch but blonde. One of the better goalkeepers of her generation, Byrne spent over a decade with the Republic of Ireland women's national football team and appeared in a record-setting 134 games, even serving as captain at one time.
6 Meeri Raisanen
Meeri Raisanen is a 27 year old hockey netminder who is ahead of her country-mate Eveliina Suonpaa both in terms of talent and looks - she started all six games for Finland at the 2016 World Championships, despite not playing at the 2014 Olympics. Yet, the beautiful blonde has come into her prime in recent years (she made the 2015 and 2016 World Championship All-Star Team).
5 Sarah Bouhaddi
We'll admit, some of the goaltenders on this list are mostly known for their sexuality or looks rather than their talent, but Sarah Bouhaddi isn't one of them. The 30 year old French backstop was the recipient of the 2016 International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) Best Woman Goalkeeper award, ending a four-year run by Hope Solo.
4 Emerance Maschmeyer
One of the top up-and-coming goaltenders in all of Canada, Emerance Maschmeyer is a member of Les Canadiennes of the Canadian Womens Hockey League. She spent the previous season with the Calgary Inferno and recorded an impressive 1.25 goals against average to go along with a .946 save percentage through eight games.
Like most of the more talented women athletes, she played against boys throughout her youth career, even rising as high as the Alberta Junior Hockey League, where she appeared in seven games for the Lloydminster Bobcats and faced opposition players as old as 21 years old. She played her collegiate hockey at Harvard University and has won three silver medals with Canada at the World Championships, primarily serving as a backup to 31 year old veteran Shannon Szabados.
3 Karen Bardsley
Despite being born in Santa Monica, California, Karen Bardsley is a 32-year old goalkeeper who stars for Manchester City and England's national team. She actually grew up in the United States and played the bulk of her career there, even enrolling at California State University, but opted to play internationally for England because of her family connections in Stockport, which is near Manchester.
2 Meline Gerard
Sarah Bouhaddi isn't the only beautiful French goalkeeper. In fact, her club teammate, 27 year old Meline Gerard, might be a notch above her in regard to looks and appearance and could soon pass her in terms of talent. Both players are also part of the French national team, but Bouhaddi receives the bulk of playing time. In fact, since 2014, Gerard has only played in 10 games for her club team Olympique Lyon.
1 Maggie Cory
An 18 year old blonde with an All-American look, Maggie Cory received nationwide attention earlier in September after she was featured in a popular sports blog that announced her as the hottest female hockey player and, while we can attest to that claim, she's more than just a cute face and stunning body.
The 5-foot-6 native of Minnesota is a freshman at the Ohio State University and previously played for the Madison Capitals U-19 team, compiling a 21-11-3 record to go along with a .915 save percentage. She's definitely no joke between the pipes. She made her social media accounts private after receiving a boom of recognition, but media outlets captured some of her more revealing photos and, needless to say, we think you'll be following female college hockey this season.
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