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15 NHL Players You Didn't Realize Have Smoking Partners

The NHL isn't the most popular sports league in the United States, but there are quite a few reasons to follow professional hockey. There's just something awe-inspiring about genuine sportsmanship, playoff beards—and you guessed it—the players' wives and girlfriends, who are commonly known as WAGs.

Even if these reasons don't really pull you into the realm of hockey, you'll likely want to check out this list we've compiled of NHL players who have hot partners on their arms. These ladies obviously don't get a lot of attention like football, basketball and even baseball WAGs, but they're worth some parts of your time.

Whether or not their boyfriends or husbands are dominating on the ice, the lovely WAGs will most likely be there to comfort their men like they should. There's nothing better than a pretty girl who's just a call or text away, especially during the rather difficult moments like a temporary long distance strain and/or loss in a Stanley Cup Final. These fine women belong to a variety of NHLers ranging from Chicago Blackhawks captain and three-time Stanley Cup Champion Jonathan Toews to Toronto Maple Leafs enforcer and left wing Matt Martin, who's better known for being a tough guy on the New York Islanders from 2010 to 2016. NHLers may not have a lot of money in the bank, but they sure can pick up gorgeous ladies when they have the time to do so.

Let's take a look at 15 NHL players you didn't realize had hot partners.

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15 Matt Martin (Sydney Esiason)

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When bits and pieces of two sports league collide—NFL and NHL—you'll get a daughter who won the genetic lottery. As you may already know, Sydney is the daughter of CBS Sports color commentator and former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason. Boomer is also a rabid New York Rangers fan from West Islip, N.Y.

When Sydney first met New York Islanders enforcer and left wing Matt Martin on Twitter, she had no idea who he was, but she responded to his tweet anyways. She told the New York Post: "I [thought] he was really handsome—like, too handsome, so that was pretty intimidating!" The pair struck up a friendship on social media, had their first date on New Year's Eve 2012 and became an item.

Martin plays for the Toronto Maple Leafs now, but in the early stages of his relationship with Sydney, the couple weren't allowed in Sydney's family home when the Rangers were in the Stanley Cup because Boomer thought they were bad luck.

14 James Neal (Melanie Collins)

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James Neal serves as an alternate captain for the Vegas Golden Knights, who are an expansion team like no other. The Golden Knights have a lot of talented NHL stars who seemingly love to play in Sin City.

Neal comes from an athletic family as his three younger brothers also play hockey. So it makes perfect sense he's dating sports broadcaster and television host Melanie Collins, who works for CBS Sports and Golf Channel.

Collins is just one of the many blonde beauties who ended up dating a hockey player. Neal, on the other hand, continues to achieve NHL milestones. Much luck for the both of them to experience continued success.

13 Jonathan Toews (Lindsey Vecchione)

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Jonathan Toews is a winner on and off the ice. The Chicago Blackhawks captain and center has won three Stanley Cups in 2010, 2013 and 2015, and has a top-shelf girlfriend Lindsey Vecchione, who's a model, stylist and former Lingerie Football League player for the Chicago Bliss.

We're definitely sure Toews found bliss when he met Vecchione. After all, she's a blonde stunner with some athletic abilities. She has also posed for well-known magazines such as Playboy. Not only that, she's a Chicago native who's an avid fan of Chicago sports teams, including the Blackhawks. So there was no need for Toews to try and convert her to the red and black. She's the full package.

Toews may not be one of the sexiest men alive, but he sure landed a sexy chick who looks good on his arm. Well done, Toews!

12 Tomas Tatar (Lucia Slaninkova)

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There's just a common trend among Detroit Red Wings players when it comes to their WAGs.

Take, for example, left winger Tomas Tatar and his model girlfriend Lucia Slaninkova, who won Miss University Slovak Republic in 2013. Tatar obviously isn't the captain of the Red Wings, but we're pretty sure players and fans of their opponents will keep an eye out for Slaninkova. Slaninkova's not only a fellow Slovakian, but also a truly beautiful brunette beauty queen.

Slaninkova often posts pictures with Tatar on her Instagram account to her 33,300-plus followers. She appears to be loyal to her man, and hopefully, things will stay that way as time goes by and he's past his prime in the NHL career cycle.

11 Thomas Greiss (Brittney Greiss)

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Thomas Greiss is a German goalie who has played for the New York Islanders since 2015. Thomas was originally drafted by the San Jose Sharks with the 94th overall selection in the third round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

The Islanders haven't had much luck, especially after the team's move to the Barclays Center, but Thomas had his fair share of luck off the ice. He's married to his wife, Brittney, who was named Miss South Dakota USA in 2014. The couple have a daughter together.

The Isles may not win Lord Stanley for a while, but at least we know Thomas has a smoke show wife who's quickly becoming one of the hottest Isles WAGs now that Sydney's up in Toronto.

10 Justin Abdelkader (Julie Leshkevich)

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Here's another Red Wings player who has a hot WAG. Red Wings alternate captain and left wing Justin Abdelkader became engaged to his longtime girlfriend Julie Leshkevich at Joe Louis Arena on November 5, 2016.

Leshkevich held her bachelorette party in Miami, Florida, on June 18, 2017.

Leshkevich is a blonde bombshell who posts tons of alluring photos on social media. When looking through some of the players in the NHL who would have the most attractive WAGs, most people wouldn't guess that Abdelkader landed such a stunner, but indeed he did. Not only did Abdelkader cash in for his dating life, but Abdelkader also signed a seven-year, $29.75 million contract extension on November 12, 2015. So it's safe to say Abdelkader is winning at life.

9 Steve Mason (Brittany Burton)

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Winnipeg Jets goalie Steve Mason was better known for his time with the Philadelphia Flyers, but he has also been destroying the sport of hockey with his sizzling hot fiancee, Brittany Burton, who gave birth to their daughter Emma on October 6, 2016.

Mason told Sam Carchidi of The Inquirer/Daily News: "It was an exciting day; a long day for my fiance, but obviously a special day...But will she be a goaltender in the future?"

Mason added: "We'll see. I’ll have to warn her about all the pressures that come with it."

Congratulations Mason and Burton on becoming parents for the first time! Hopefully, things continue to look up for the soon-to-be married couple and their baby girl. Hopefully, they can withstand the cold long winters of Winnipeg.

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8 Henrik Zetterberg (Emma Andersson)

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We just have to show you another Red Wings player who has a stunning WAG.

Red Wings captain and forward Henrik Zetterberg is a star on and off the ice. Zetterberg's a veteran and so is his wife, Emma Andersson, a Swedish model and TV host, but they're nonetheless a good-looking couple. They became engaged in 2008, tied the knot in 2010 and had their first child, a son named Love, in 2015. It sure seems like everything has been going well for the high-profile couple.

Zetterberg continues to achieve success with the Red Wings as he played his 1,000th game for the historic franchise and became just the seventh in team history in total points with 904. And, of course, Andersson is right there to cheer him on like any WAG should be doing for their boyfriend or husband.

Needless to say, the Red Wings players score on and off the ice, which is a beautiful thing in life.

7 Tomas Hertl (Aneta Netolicka)

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Sharks forward Tomas Hertl was once a rookie who generated a lot of attention from the fans and media. He's best known for his perpetual smile and "fun must be always" attitude, but did you know the Czech Republic star is dating a fellow Czech Republic native? Yeah, her name is Aneta Netolicka and she's a total babe.

Hertl has drawn comparisons to fellow Czech Republic star, Jaromir Jagr, who's still in the NHL at the age of 45. Back in the day, Jagr and his girlfriend took a famed photo of him holding a pitchfork. Hertl and Netolicka did the exact same thing. Despite the decades between them, Hertl and Netolicka look just as hot.

Sorry Sharks fans, Hertl is already taken by this beautiful girl.

6 Carey Price (Angela Price)

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Angela Price is usually overlooked when discussing some of the most attractive WAGs in hockey. Montreal fans certainly know who she is, as she's present at most Habs games and she has a role on Hockey Wives but to appreciate how stunning she is, her Instagram page is a must follow. Angela also provides health and fitness tips on her own website and even had a series discussing how she got in shape so quickly after having her baby back in 2016. Price is a very lucky man who has gotten to know this angelic-looking lady.

There were some strange rumors in Montreal earlier this season when Carey Price was slumping with some Montreal media outlets alleging that the couple were getting divorced, but Angela squashed those rumors pretty quickly.

5 Jamie Benn (Katie Hoaldridge)

Dallas Stars captain and forward Jamie Benn doesn't have a Stanley Cup (yet), but he's one of the most popular Stars players in franchise history. He has played for the Stars since the team selected him using the 129th overall pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. He began his hockey career with the Victoria Grizzlies of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL).

Benn is just one of the many Canadian hunks who snatched an American gal. His girlfriend, Katie Hoaldridge, is a really hot blonde model who lives in New York City. Hoaldridge is originally from Fort Worth, Texas, where she graduated with a degree in communications at the University of Texas at Austin. She has the beauty and the brains. She's surely using all her beauty as a model to make more dough than if she was still working at Sony and Warner Brothers.

4 Jeff Skinner (Cristine Prosperi)

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We don't know the current status of this NHL couple, but Carolina Hurricanes alternate captain Jeff Skinner has been dating Canadian actress Cristine Prosperi since August 2012. They're both Canadian, so it makes perfect sense because the Great White North is a wonderful place to live, especially in rough times like these.

Prosperi is best known for her role as Imogen Moreno on the Canadian TV series Degrassi. She began starring in the show in its 11th season and stayed in it until its 14th and final season in 2015.

Prosperi's a good catch as she's a gorgeous actress who likely knows more about sports in general than most girls out there. She may not be all that well known south of the border, but Canadians sure know who she is.

3 Brandon Dubinsky (Brenna McGuire)

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Columbus Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky is an American of Russian descent who was originally drafted by the Rangers with the 60th overall pick in the second round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

Dubinsky was named the alternate captain of the Blue Jackets in October 2015. However, head coach John Tortorella stripped him of his "A" in October 2017 and handed it to defenseman Jack Johnson.

Dubinsky recently suffered a fractured orbital bone in the Jackets' game against the Edmonton Oilers on December 12, 2017, and was subsequently placed on injured reserve, but his stunning wife, Brenna McGuire, should be able to help him pass the time in more ways than once.

2 Alex Ovechkin (Nastya Shubskaya)

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Washington Capitals captain and winger Alex Ovechkin is arguably one of the best NHL players of all-time. Ovechkin has it all: He plays with a consistent team based in the nation's capital and has a really pretty wife. Ovechkin had been engaged once before, but he finally tied the knot recently with his bride.

Nastya Shubskaya is the daughter of the late actress and director Vera Glagoleva, and not only that, she's a socialite who has dabbled in acting and modeling. Shubskaya is a beautiful young lady who has a bright future ahead of her. She can also attract attention towards her whenever she's standing next to her hubby.

There's just something about Russian women, and Shubskaya is a reason why Ovechkin is winning at life.

1 Evgeni Malkin (Anna Kasterova)

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Sorry, Ovechkin and Shubskaya, but Pittsburgh Penguins alternate captain and center Evgeni Malkin and his TV personality fiancee Anna Kasterova are a little bit more established in life. The couple also have a son named Nikita, who was born on May 31, 2016.

Malkin and Kasterova are one of the most popular Russian couples. Malkin is a three-time Stanley Cup champion (2009, 2016, 2017) with the Penguins. Kasterova is a TV personality who has appeared on TNT, NTV and Russia 2. Kasterova graduated from Moscow State Pedagogical University with a degree in psychology. She got her start in broadcasting career when she became an editor of TNT’s show "Moscow: Instructions for Use."

Kasterova is more attractive than her fiance, but that shouldn't decrease his self-esteem in the relationship, right? After all, Kasterova is a desirable woman, even if she wasn't a model and TV personality.

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