Balancing the rigors of the NHL schedule and being a father and a husband can be a lot of work, not to mention stressful on all parties involved. It's incredibly hard to be a regular 9-5 adult with a family and trying to keep track of where your kids need to be and when as well as any work-related responsibilities you need to get done. Then there's work around the house that needs to be done and, just when you think you can finally sit down and enjoy a cold beer and watch the game, your wife tells you her parents are coming over and you have to entertain them for three hours and try not to crush your own eardrums after listening to your father-in-law's rants and his backwards views on guns and climate, when all you really want to do is... OK, you get the point. It's tough, man.
That's why it's hard to imagine the challenges of being in the NHL and raising a family. It's hard on the player, but even more so on the mother, so kudos to those mothers who are basically doing all the work; that said, most of the dads listed here do their best to make time for their children even during the season. In contrast, there's a large portion of players who are enjoying the bachelor life and all of its perks. Which would you prefer?
22 Dad: Joe Thornton
Despite the fact that Joe Thornton looks like he was just rescued after spending a decade on an island by himself, the bearded Superstar actually lives quite a civilized life outside of the rink. The 38 year old San Jose Sharks center met his wife, Tabea Pfendsack, while he was playing in Switzerland during the NHL lockout in 2004-05 and she soon after followed "Jumbo" back to North America, where they got married and have since had two children.
Thornton's daughter, Alya, was born in 2010, while his son, River, was born in 2013. You might remember them from the Road to the Stadium Series documentary in 2015 in which they interrupt one of his interviews to repeatedly punch him in the jock. Being a father must be incredibly rewarding.
21 Bachelor: Tyler Seguin
Tyler Seguin has more fun than any player in the league and it's not even close. The 26 year old former second overall pick of the Boston Bruins was ultimately traded to Dallas because Bruins management felt his partying ways were too much of a distraction. On the surface, it appears he has settled down as he's playing at a high level and there hasn't been much news regarding his habits in the mainstream media. However, a deeper dive suggests Seguin is just as party-happy as he once was.
In fact, earlier this year, he was photographed making out with former WWE Diva Summer Rae. He has also dated playmates and his Talk-Sports.net girlfriend thread is updated with posts every hour from alleged former side chicks and fans who report on his excessive dating habits.
20 Dad: Patrick Marleau
Patrick Marleau shocked a lot of people when he left his comfortable life in San Jose to sign with the Toronto Maple Leafs. It was a tough decision as not only was he moving to the province in which he was born, but he was also taking his wife and four (FOUR!) sons. It's tough enough to take four kids to the mall, let alone uproot them from their lives and move to a new country.
However, things appear to be going great for Marleau, who is still productive at 38 years old and has taken on a leadership role with the young Maple Leafs - he's old enough to be a dad to half the players on the team. Additionally, those players (Mitch Marner and Auston Matthews in particular) have become close with Marleau's kids. In one particularly funny Twitter post from Marleau's wife, Christina, one of his kids was pictured with Marner's pass for the Stadium Series game with a caption stating Mitch wouldn't get it back until the kid gets a date with Marner's girlfriend. Talk about shooting your shot.
19 Bachelor: Michael Del Zotto
If you aren't all that familiar with Michael Del Zotto, don't be alarmed. Despite being a first-round pick in the 2008 NHL Draft, the Ontario native has had an up and down career - he had a career-high 41 points in his third year in the league, but has only recorded more than 30 points once in the following six seasons - and currently plays for the bottom-feeding Vancouver Canucks.
The 27 year old has a stereotypical hockey player look with a long flow and slight stubble and apparently that's enough to make him one of Canada's most eligible bachelors, at least according to Hello! Magazine, which in October 2017 produced a list of Canada's 25 Hottest Bachelors. He's lucky Phil "The Thrill" Kessel isn't Canadian or single because there's no way that hot-dog-eating machine wouldn't have been ranked ahead of Del Zotto.
18 Dad: Carey Price
Sunday Funday with dada before he leaves for a week long road trip! Though, we will be seeing him at the end of the week in VEGAS! It's an easy flight from my home town so we are meeting lots of family and friends there...Liv will spend some quality time with 👵🏼👴🏼and mama will be spending some quality time with friends 💃. 📷: @mariphotographe
Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price was having one of the worst seasons of his career before suffering a concussion in practice that forced the team to shut him down for the remainder of the season - at least, that appears to be the case. It makes sense given the Canadiens are a miserable team with no prospects and desperately need the first overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft. Unfortunately, Price's replacement between the pipes, Antti Niemi, has been much better than expected and the team is actually picking up points.
Meanwhile, Price is away from the team and enjoying time with his wife Angela and his infant daughter Liv Anniston. Love him or hate him, Price has been treated poorly as of late with his wife even having to respond to ridiculous rumors that their marriage is in trouble. It's good that they can all spend some time together in the middle of a lost season.
17 Bachelor: Leon Draisaitl
Think about a city in which you would want to be a bachelor. At first thought, you probably came up with Los Angeles, New York, Nashville, or even Toronto if you were including Canada. Hell, even Vancouver or Montreal would be great. Unfortunately for Leon Draisaitl, the German Superstar has to live the single life in Edmonton, where it's minus-30 degrees every other day in the winter and not warm enough for women to wear dresses or skirts until late May; and let's face it, by that time, the Oilers season has been over for weeks.
The rumor mill can be nasty at times, and while it probably isn't true, one of the prominent rumors earlier this year was that Draisaitl suffered a concussion after being punched by teammate Darnell Nurse, who was either upset at the German for sleeping with his girlfriend or making a move on his sister. Again, probably not true, but it's not as though Draisaitl has many options as a bachelor in Edmonton.
16 Dad: Jonathan Quick
When healthy, Jonathan Quick is one of the best goaltenders in the NHL. The 32 year old American won a silver medal with the United States at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, is a two-time Stanley Cup winner, and one-time Conn Smythe recipient. He's won almost everything there is to win in the NHL, but he stays grounded through his relationship with his wife and two children, Madison, 7, and Carter, 4.
He spoke about the challenges of being a father in the NHL after the birth of Carter in a story on the NHLPA website: "It's obviously a lot of work for my wife, especially when you're on the road. There are times when you think you're missing out and you wish you could be there, but you're also reminded the kids are in good hands."
15 Bachelor: Nathan MacKinnon
There's no official word on who Nathan MacKinnon is dating right now or if he's even dating anyone at all, but judging from his play this year, you could make a case that he's more committed to hockey and, as a result, playing the best he has ever played in his career. The Nova Scotia native had high expectations when he was drafted first overall in the 2013 NHL Draft and, while he met them as a rookie, he struggled a bit in the next three seasons, failing to top 53 points. He was dating actress and musician Vanessa Morgan for much of that time, but the couple are no longer together.
The result? MacKinnon has 78 points in 58 games this season and is a front-runner to win the Hart Trophy as the league's MVP. If the Avalanche make the playoffs, he's practically a shoe-in to win the award. Oh, and he's still only 22 years old.
14 Dad: Brent Burns
Like "Jumbo" Joe Thornton earlier, Brent Burns looks as though he lived on a deserted island for the past decade. If you saw him on the street, you might assume he's a WWE Superstar or maybe a football player, but he's actually one of the best offensive defensemen in the league. He won the James Norris Memorial Trophy last season after recording 76 points and, after a slow start this year, has been one of the top point-producing defensemen as of January 1st.
Also like Thornton, Burns is the proud father of two children, Peyton and Jagger. His kids are accustomed to his bearded look by now, but other kids stil find him amusing; in fact, this past summer, Burns signed autographs for children at Disney Land after several mistook him for a pirate.
13 Bachelor: Derick Brassard
It's hard to find many veteran NHL players who have yet to be married. Jaromir Jagr is one of the greatest career bachelors of all-time, but he's on another level. Most players find a partner as they grow older as it can become pretty lonely in the summers as teammates and friends start spending more time with their respective families. Derick Brassard, however, is 30 years old and still living the bachelor life.
The center was living in New York as a member of the Rangers just a few short seasons ago, but was traded to the Ottawa Senators in 2016. He was recently dealt to the Pittsburgh Penguins, which is great for his prospects of winning a Stanley Cup, but perhaps not so much for finding a potential partner.
12 Dad: Henrik Lundqvist
You're probably noticing a trend that a lot of goaltenders are dads. We can include others who aren't on this list like James Reimer, Tuukka Rask, and Mike Smith, among others. It makes sense when you consider goalies are often an eccentric breed with a sense of humor that's tailored towards being a father. Henrik Lundqvist doesn't really fall into that category (at least on the ice, where he often berates his teammates for their mistakes), but he's a father nonetheless.
Lundqvist, who in 2006 was named to People's World's 100 Most Beautiful People list, has been married to wife his Therese for several years. In 2012, she gave birth to the couple's first daughter, Charlise, and has since given birth to their second daughter, Juli. We're assuming King Henrik is a lot more easygoing with his children.
11 Bachelor: William Nylander
Oh to hear some of the stories involving William Nylander. Think about it, the dude is a 21 year old Swede who has the handsome good looks of a boy band member to go along with the athletic ability of an NHL star and what is arguably the best flow in the league - although, his father, Michael, was bald relatively early into his career, so he should prepare for that.
Nylander's two fellow star teammates, Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner, both have girlfriends, but the Swede is living the solo life in Toronto, where hockey is king. For reference sake, Nylander, despite being the third-best forward on the Maple Leafs, is probably a bigger presence in the city than Kyle Lowry of the Raptors and Marcus Stroman of the Blue Jays.
10 Dad: Patrice Bergeron
Some people just look like they would be a good dad and Patrice Bergeron is one of those players. He's a competitive and talented player, but appears level-headed, easygoing, and ultimately seems to have traits that would make him a great father. Zack Bergeron, his son, is only two years old so he might not be able to attest to that just yet, but we can assume it's true.
Zack was born in October 2015, following the Bruins Twitter responded with a multitude of great tweets. Bergeron, at least among the hockey fans in the city, has Tom Brady-like status (AKA The GOAT) so fans responded with jokes such as, "Zack Bergeron should be draft eligible by 2033. Hearing his defensive game is already elite," and "Word is that his son is already changing his own diaper. Responsible in his own end."
9 Bachelor: Mathew Barzal
Can you imagine living in New York (OK, Brooklyn, but still) and being the one of the best young players in the game? That's the case for Mathew Barzal, the Coquitlam, British Columbia native who is likely going to win the Calder Trophy as the league's best rookie; the 20 year old has 69 (nice) points in 67 games and already has three five-point games this season. Yes, three five-point games.
He's also single, at least according to lack of information available about a potential girlfriend. If he's smart, he'll soak up the benefits of being single in New York while he can. The Islanders might lose John Tavares in the summer and that would make way for Barzal to became the man in Brooklyn, unless the Nets ever returned to respecta... Sorry, I couldn't even type that with a straight face.
8 Dad: Roberto Luongo
Are you at all surprised that Roberto Luongo is a father? In addition to being 38 years old, the Montreal native is the king of the dad jokes on Twitter and is one of the more popular hockey follows as a result. In what sounds like a bad Italian stereotype joke, Luongo met his wife, Gina Cerbone, at a pizza restaurant that her father owned. He proposed to her in Venice in 2004 and the couple now have two children, Gabriella and Gianni.
Luongo is quite obviously a loving and devoted father. He spoke passionately about his kids and the importance of protecting children in schools in the aftermath of the Parkland shooting - Luongo and his family live in the community. He's one of the true good guys in the sport both on and off the ice.
7 Bachelor: David Pastrnak
It wasn't too long ago that Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand were the young up-and-coming eligible bachelors in Beantown, but that mantle has since passed to David Pastrnak, who, by the way, has a great name for Boston women to pronounce. Although he's from Czech Republic, it's perfectly-suited to be said in a rough Northeastern accent, although it might not be the most attractive thing to hear.
Regardless, the 21 year old former first-round pick is enjoying the single life in Boston, but not to the point of Tyler Seguin, whose off-ice activities were criticized by fans and management while in Boston. After a 70-point season in 2016-17, Pastrnak has 61 points through 64 games in 2017-18. Playing in a hockey town with those kind of numbers has to be great for his dating life.
6 Dad: Marc-Andre Fleury
If Marc-Andre Fleury was about that bachelor life, the jovial goaltender would be living it up right now in Las Vegas. Few players have had the career that Fleury has had. The 33 year old has won three Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins and was selected by the Golden Knights in the expansion draft, following which he instantly became the face of their franchise. The team has been one of the best in the league this year, while Fleury is having one of the best seasons of his career with a 2.26 goals against average and .926 save percentage.
The damage he could do on the strip as a single man is scary to think about, but instead he spends his off days with his wife and two daughters, Estelle and Scarlett, who are four and two years old respectively.
5 Bachelor: Johnny Gaudreau
Most bachelors in the NHL quite obviously have the look of a professional hockey player - they're big, athletic, and incredibly fit. It can't be that hard to date if you've got those looks. However, Johnny Gaudreau is different. The 5-foot-9, 157-pound superstar not only has the body of a teenager, but also has a can't-miss babyface to boot. He certainly doesn't strike one as a professional hockey player, yet he's one of the most talented players in the league.
Gaudreau won the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy last season as he had only four penalty minutes. He has a whopping 24 this season and his offensive production has also increased; he has 76 points in 68 games as opposed to 61 points in 72 games last season. Hopefully the New Jersey native is leveraging that fact in the Calgary dating scene.
4 Dad: Evgeni Malkin
While Sidney Crosby has mostly kept his personal life private, his Russian teammate Evgeni Malkin doesn't particularly have a problem letting his fans in on details surrounding his life. "Geno," as he is referred to by his teammates, is married to beautiful Russian babe Anna Kasterova, who gave birth to the couple's first son, Nikita, nearly two years ago.
While Malkin has won three Stanley Cups in the NHL and multiple individual awards, one of his biggest goals is to make his son proud. Malkin spoke about the joys of fatherhood prior to the start of the 2017 Stanley Cup Finals: "I'm happy for him. I know when he's growing up, maybe 2 years old, 3 years old, he'll start to understand (who I am). I hope he will be proud of me."
3 Bachelor: P.K. Subban
Michael Del Zotto wasn't the only hockey player to be listed by Hello! Magazine as one of the top 25 hottest bachelor's in Canada. The other was Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban, which makes a hell of a lot more sense given his larger-than-life profile, good looks, and dedication to philanthropy - Subban famously committed to donating $10 million to the Children's Hospital in Montreal in the season before he was dealt to Nashville. He continues to visit the hospital and has even set up a police-based mentoring program in Nashville.
It's not surprising that Subban is still single as he dedicates a lot of his time away from the rink to charitable causes. He was previously linked to Fox Sports reporter Charissa Thompson, but that doesn't appear to be ongoing.
2 Dad: Duncan Keith
A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Duncan Keith is a 34 year old veteran defenseman who has won two Stanley Cups with the Chicago Blackhawks. He's a hockey player's hockey player, meaning he's as tough as they come and willing to play through any type of injury or ailment. Yet, off the ice, he's soft as butter and enjoys spending time with his son Colton. Unfortunately, Keith leads the single dad lifestyle, so he's kind of in between being a bachelor and a father. He's what Milhouse Van Houten would call a "Weekend Dad."
He married his wife in 2011 and they divorced in 2014 following rumors that she slept with his teammate, Patrick Sharp. Keith even had to address those rumors in 2015: "I'm not going to lie: It has been a long year and extremely difficult. I know there was a lot of talk throughout the year regarding Sharpie and that was all a complete fabrication as well. My divorce had nothing to do with anything except what was between me and Kelly-Rae, and that's where I’d like to keep it." Sharp is once again teammates with Keith so we can put those rumors to rest.
1 Bachelor: Seth Jones
Is there a better city to live in than Nashville if you're a good-looking, rich, athletic dude? Seth Jones was drafted by the Predators and spent the first few years of his career in Nashville before being dealt to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Ryan Johansen. While there, he dated the extremely beautiful Augusta Price (who you should almost certainly look up on Instagram), but the two are no longer together, perhaps in part due to the trade.
As much as he might regret not being with the five-star beauty anymore, Jones is doing quite well for himself in Columbus. Focusing on his play, he has emerged as one of the best puck-moving defenseman in the league; he had 42 points last year in 75 games and already has 41 in 67 this year. He's still only 23 years old too so there's plenty of room - and time - for improvement.