Although there are now several professional hockey leagues spread out across the world, the NHL is still generally regarded to be the best of the bunch. It’s always been natural for Canadians to gravitate to the sport and the league and since the 1980s it’s also become more popular with Americans. The game attracts fans from all walks of life including the rich and famous. It’s not uncommon to see celebrities supporting their local NHL teams at rinks across North America especially with teams in markets such as New York, Los Angeles and Toronto. Some of these famous fans are glad to rub shoulders while sitting in the stands while others prefer their to shield privacy by slumming it in luxury suites.
Celebrity NHL fans include men and women of all ages and include actors, musicians, and fellow athletes. Many of these fans played the game as kids and some of them still lace up the skates on a regular basis. Some celebrities are quite visible as they participate in marketing promotions for their favourite clubs and others often hold hockey games to raise money for charities. While some celebrities became fans after dating or marrying NHL players, others are simply supporters due to their love of hockey. Below is the list of the top 15 celebrity NHL fans.
There are many others who didn’t make the list but deserve to be mentioned. These include: Matthew Perry, Tom Hanks, Metallica, Carrie Underwood, Elisha Cuthbert, Michael J. Fox, Christie Brinkley, Shania Twain, David Beckham, Leonardo Di Caprio, Kevin James, Michael Buble, Keanu Reeves, Will Arnett, Will Ferrell, Gord Downie, Jim Cuddy, Cuba Gooding Jr., John Cusack, Anne Murray, Mark Wahlberg, Larry King, Alyssa Milano, Sylvester Stallone, Snoop Dogg, Emilio Estevez, Steve Carell, Kiefer Sutherland, Jim Belushi, Stephen Colbert, Kid Rock, Gene Simmons, William Shatner, Taylor Swift, Joe Piscopo, Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban, Ralph Macchio, John McEnroe,, Jimmy Fallon, Tracey Morgan, John Goodman, Ozzy Osbourne, Hulk Hogan, Drake, Steve Nash, Burton Cummings and Chris Jericho. We may also be able to add legendary English singer Rod Stewart to this list soon as his son Liam Stewart currently plays for the Alaska Aces of the ECHL and although it’s a long shot, he could one day be skating for an NHL team.
15 15. Justin Bieber
14 14. Howie Mandel
13 13. Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russel
12 12. Russell Crowe
11 11. Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins
10 10. Adam Sandler
9 9. Kevin Smith
8 8. Denis Leary
7 7. Viggo Mortensen
6 6. Jay Baruchel
5 5. Neil Young
4 4. Alice Cooper
3 3. Mike Myers
2 2. Vince Vaughn
1 1. Riddick Bowe
Former Undisputed Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Riddick Bowe tops this list because he’s quite a character who’s passionate about the Toronto Maple Leafs and won’t hesitate to prove it. The 48-year-old Bowe was born in Brooklyn, New York. But somehow the 1988 Olympic silver medalist became a fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1993 when they were knocked out of the semifinals by the Los Angeles Kings in seven games. Bowe, who retired with a record of 43-1 with 33 KOs to his name, reportedly owns a home in the Toronto area and once held an ownership stake in the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch. He obviously takes his love for hockey seriously as he became upset with the Leafs play under former coach Randy Carlyle in 2014. Before a game against the Flyers, Bowe famously tweeted, “If the @MapleLeafs lose tomorrow I’m going to knock out Randy Carlyle. One punch between the eyes.” The Leafs lost the game 4-2 for their seventh straight defeat, but luckily for Carlyle he managed to elude Bowe until he was fired 10 months later.
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