Although the term puck bunny has become increasingly outdated, it doesn't change the fact that hockey players, especially those at the professional level, have very little trouble attracting beautiful women. Money talks, but you've got to hand it to hockey players, because it's not only the Sidney Crosbys and Connor McDavids of the league that have smoking-hot WAGs; rather, you can go through a list of the league's worst fringe players making bare-minimum salary at the NHL level and working-class salary in the AHL, and you'll still notice most players have WAGs you or I could only dream about.
Naturally, being a professional hockey player affords one opportunities that others might not have, with the most obvious advantage being name recognition and celebrity status. Some of the most prominent NHL WAGs include Elisha Cuthbert, Carrie Underwood, and, in the past, Hilary Duff, Erin Andrews, and various other celebrities who would likely never date an average Joe. However, it's not only celebrities who are among the league's hottest WAGs, as you'll notice on this list. Players in the league of varying status are dating actresses, models, sideline reporters, and even women with regular jobs who happen to be bombshells. Below are 15 of the hottest pictures of those NHL WAGs.
16 Kathy Leutner (Sidney Crosby)
Sid "The Kid" Crosby is all grown up. The soon-to-be 30-year-old can finally grow facial hair during a lengthy playoff run and he's also dating model Kathy Leutner. It must be serious too, because she celebrated on ice with Crosby and his family during the team's last two Stanley Cup wins, which is surprising because, as much as Crosby is the face of the NHL, his personal life has been kept fairly private for much of his career.
Unless he was the most dull athlete on the planet - he's dull, but not that dull - Crosby could likely have had his pick of the litter in search of a girlfriend. And he just may have waited for the perfect woman because Leutner is a blonde babe who works as a model - go figure. She was a finalist for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2011 model search and has since been featured on the cover of fitness magazines.
15 Elisha Cuthbert (Dion Phaneuf)
Forget the Sean Avery "sloppy seconds" comment or the fact that Cuthbert actually dated Sean Avery, which is more disgusting than anything the former New York Ranger pest could ever say. The fact of the matter is that Elisha Cuthbert is still one of the hottest NHL WAGs and you're lying to yourself if you say you watched The Girl Next Door for any reason other than the fact that Cuthbert's tight body graced the cover.
We could simply grab any still from that film and put Cuthbert at number one, but out of fairness to the other WAGs, we went with this all-white photo in which Cuthbert makes good use of the sexy stare that made her a star in The Girl Next Door. We're not sure how Dion Phaneuf scored the blonde babe, but you have to give him credit.
14 Emma Andersson (Henrik Zetterberg)
Henrik Zetterberg is a seventh-round pick of the Detroit Red Wings in the 1999 NHL Draft who has risen to superstardom in North America due to his 904 career points in 1,000 regular season games. However, as popular as he is in Hockeytown, USA, his celebrity is even larger in his home country of Sweden, evidenced by the fact he's married to television personality and pop musician Emma Andersson, who, if you couldn't tell from the photo above, is an incredibly fit black-haired babe.
You probably thought all beautiful women in Sweden were blondes, but Andersson defies the odds in that sense. You probably also assumed she must be younger than the 36-year-old Zetterberg; rather, Andersson is two years older than her husband. The couple married in 2010 and her music career stalled shortly after.
13 Nastya Shubskaya (Alexander Ovechkin)
No other relationship proves that money and celebrity is all you need to marry a beautiful woman than that of Alex Ovechkin and Nastya Shubskaya. For starters, Ovechkin isn't just ugly by North American standards, he's ugly by Russian standards, which says a lot. Shubskaya, meanwhile, is a tall, beautiful brunette with over 180,000 followers on Instagram, none of which we assume are doing so in hopes of seeing pictures of their favorite Washington Capital.
Unsurprisingly, Shubskaya is a model who is six years younger than Ovechkin. She's also an aspiring actress. The couple had a private marriage in the summer of 2016 and she has since changed her last name to Ovechkin. They celebrated their marriage this offseason with a party that included a shirtless Ovechkin line dancing.
12 Sydney Esiason (Matt Martin)
File this entry under the "How does he have a hot daughter and how is she dating that guy" column. If you were unaware, Sydney Esiason, a former Sports Illustrated employee, is the daughter of former New York Jets quarterback Boomer Esiason. She's also dating Toronto Maple Leafs enforcer Matt Martin, who, before he chopped his mop upon joining the Leafs, was one of the league's greasiest players, both in terms of his overall look and his tactics on the ice.
Esiason is one of several beautiful WAGs of the young members of the Toronto Maple Leafs and she might be the best of the bunch. She looks great in a dress, but as is clear on her Instagram account, she can rock the hell out of a bathing suit.
11 Melanie Collins (James Neal)
Melanie Collins dated former Nashville Predator Scottie Upshall for a number of years, during which time she was one of the most underrated NHL WAGs. The couple split over a year ago, but fortunately we can still include her on this list because she seems to have a thing for hockey players. Collins wasted little time in moving on from Upshall and is now dating current Vegas Golden Knight player James Neal, who spent the past three seasons in Nashville.
Collins is a sports and entertainment broadcast host who has done work for NBA TV, Big Ten Netowork, and E! News Now, among other outlets. She seems to take her work seriously, but she's also very self aware of how hot she is, as evidenced by the model-like photos on her Instagram and personal website. We ain't complaining.
10 Anna Kasterova (Evgeni Malkin)
We can't begin here without first bashing Evgeni Malkin's appearance, as we did with Ovechkin. Let's just say it's quite apparent that in Soviet Russia, ugly men look. Joking aside, as different as Ovechkin and Malkin are on the ice, there's one thing they share away from the rink and that's the fact they both have beautiful Russian wives. In fact, if you were to judge the quality of Russian women based solely on the WAGs of its NHL players, you might jump to the conclusion that Russia has the hottest women of any country.
Malkin's finance, Anna Kasterova, is a popular Russian on-air personality who previously served as host of Morning Russia as well as a weekly soccer talk show. The couple have been dating for a number of years and welcomed their first child, Nikita Malkin, in 2016. Not surprisingly, she's looking great already and performing beach photo shoots with Maxim Magazine Russia.
9 Veronika Koprivova (Jaromir Jagr)
Despite being old enough to be the father to half the players in the NHL, Jaromir Jagr still has serious game, and we're not talking about on the ice - though, at 45-years-old, he still has that too. A few years ago a photo of a sleeping Jagr next to a beautiful 19-year-old model went viral. Someone tried to blackmail him with the photo, but he simply told them to go ahead and post it. The photo expanded upon the legend that is Jagr, as does his current girlfriend, Veronika Koprivova, a 26-year-old (old by his standards) from the Czech Republic.
The skinny blonde has over 120,000 followers on Instagram, where she shares couples photos of herself and Jagr as well as numerous awe-inspiring selfies. The beach photo above only scratches the surface of just how hot Koprivova truly is.
7 Lucia Slaninkova (Tomas Tatar)
A rising star among the NHL WAGs, Lucia Slaninkova is dating 26-year-old Detroit Red Wings sniper Tomas Tatar. If you couldn't tell from the photo above, Slaninkova is an exotic beauty who actually has the credentials to back up the claim that she might be one of the hottest NHL WAGs - the 25-year-old Slovakian was a runner up in the 2013 Miss Universe contest and currently works as a model.
She's effortlessly able to pull off brunette and blonde hair and looks equally as incredible with either color. She also seems to have the pleasure of having the hottest group of friends in the world because every girl in every photo on her Instagram is a downright stunner. Book your ticket to Slovakia now, gentlemen.
6 Noureen DeWulf (Ryan Miller)
Goalies are a different breed altogether. They spend the entire game on their own and have been known for having oddball personalities. Yet, it's also proven that, like other players, they have little trouble in finding beautiful partners. Ryan Miller is no exception, as you can tell from the photo above. Miller married actress Noureen DeWulf in 2011 after she divorced her ex-husband James DeWulf.
The 33-year-old New York native is known for being a smoking-hot babe with Indian heritage and appearing in several prominent films and television shows. She first earned praise for her role in the 2005 Oscar-winning short West Bank Story and has since appeared in Ocean's Thirteen, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, and Anger Management. She also starred in Hockey Wives with her husband.
5 Melinda Currey (Erik Karlsson)
Ottawa Senators Superstar Erik Karlsson is one of the best personalities in the league - and a fairly sharp-looking dude to boot - so it's no surprise he has had some luck with the fairer sex. Karlsson was briefly married from 2012 to 2013 and, four years later, he plans on tying the knot with another woman. Nothing against his ex-wife, but it's hard to argue that Karlsson isn't upgrading here as his current fiancee, Melinda Currey, an absolute smoke show.
The Ottawa native recently posted photos from her bachelorette party on Instagram and if you're into hordes of women in bathing suits her account is right up your alley. She clearly doesn't take a bad photo and is, shall we say, quite blessed in the chest. There's a reason she has over 30,000 followers on Instagram, despite not being a public figure.
4 Carrie Underwood (Mike Fisher)
You know it was coming, right? It would have been absurd to make a list of NHL WAGs looking hot AF without including the most popular of them all, Carrie Underwood. The former American Idol winner is one of the most popular country musicians in the world, as evidenced by her millions of followers on social media platforms. She met NHL veteran Mike Fisher while he was playing for the Ottawa Senators and, conveniently, he was dealt to the Nashville, the home of country music, a few years later.
Fisher and Underwood recently celebrated their seventh wedding anniversary and appear to be an extremely happy couple. She was the team's number one fan during its run to the Stanley Cup Finals this past June and Fisher has been supportive of her career. We question if he was enthusiastic about the above photo however, as it's not only risqué, but highly suggestive.
3 Lindsey Vecchione (Jonathan Toews)
"Captain Serious" Jonathan Toews is one of the best leaders in the NHL and has the hardware to back it up. Off the ice, he has the pleasure of dating arguably the hottest and most underrated NHL WAG in Lindsey Vecchione, who used to work at a Chicago-area salon, but we're assuming she has since moved on from that job, unless her undying passion is cutting hair.
An athletic type herself, Vecchione spent time playing for the Chicago Bliss, a lingerie football team in the Legends Football League. In the above photo, she resembles an in-her-prime Tara Reid, who at one point was actually considered one of the hottest women on the planet - crazy, we know. Vecchione is hot enough to begin with, but put any thin blonde woman in water with soaking-wet hair and you've got a major improvement.
2 Ciara Price (Tyler Seguin)
Our last two entries do not technically fall into the category of hot AF present-day NHL WAGs, but we're sure you can forgive us for including two of the hottest women to date NHL players. Tyler Seguin is supposedly on the market once again, but the Dallas Stars sniper would be in tough to top his ex-girlfriend, Ciara Price, a busty Playboy cover and motorcycle model.
The couple dated for a brief period in 2012, when Seguin was reportedly an off-ice distraction as a member of the Boston Bruins. Looking at Price, however, it's easy to see how the former second overall pick in the 2010 NHL Draft could have been distracted. The incredible blonde has over 550,000 followers on Instagram and isn't hesitant about posting suggestive photos, such as opening up to devour a hot dog on a beach.
1 Barbie Blank (Sheldon Souray)
We're not sure what's in the water in Elk Point, Alberta, but whatever it is, it helped Sheldon Souray become one of the luckiest dudes in NHL history. No, the hard-shooting defenseman never won any Norris Trophies as the league's best blueliner, but he was married to redhead model and Playboy cover girl Angelica Bridges from 2002 to 2007 and is now married to former WWE Diva Kelly Kelly, whose current name is Barbie Blank.
As a wrestler, Blank first appeared on WWE television at the age of 19 and stayed with the company for a period of six years, which included a stint as Divas Champion. Perhaps owing to her background as a wrestler, she isn't shy about showcasing her body, to which we extend our sincere thanks.