With the NHL Conference finals well underway, the league inches closer to crowning this season's top team. Hoisting Lord Stanley's cup serves as the rewarding culmination of making it through the gauntlet of a tournament that is the NHL playoffs. From there, the celebration of a lifetime ensues. These parties have provided fans with some of the most rambunctious moments of testosterone-driven debauchery known to all of pro sports, as some were kind enough to capture on camera for our amusement.
Hockey players carry the distinction of being the heaviest drinkers amongst all professional athletes, with well documented instances of golden tabloid material nuggets to lay truth to this claim, as we will see. This is not a recent phenomenon either. The new generation of stars are equally as faulty as the legends of the past who surely showed them the ropes, or the bottoms of bottles in this case. The older wave merely benefited from living in the pre-smart phone era, where most of their benders could only be told in story, and not on film.
We present to you some of the most outrageous photos of NHL stars caught on camera while severely inebriated!
15 Brad Marchand
The quintessential pest of this league, Brad Marchand is the type of player you hate to play against, but would love to have on your team. With a fair dose of sand paper in his game that makes him a prime agitator, Marchand has successfully scored 20+ goals in five of his first seven full seasons in the league. He is coming off a career high 37 goals for the Boston Bruins this year and was a pivotal figure in Boston’s 2011 cup win, scoring two goals in the decisive seventh game. He'll be a free agent after next season and if he continues at the scorching pace he's on, he'll likely get a huge raise from the $4.5 million he averaged per year on his last deal. It only makes sense, as there aren't many NHL players who can score 35+ goals, play the penalty kill and get under the opposition's skin with ease. Those skills were enough to get him selected to Canada's World Cup team, so Montreal Canadiens fans can finally cheer him on... at least for a few weeks.
His reputation off the ice appears to be just as snarly as on it, with several raunchy pictures of Marchand circling the internet. This one is our favorite as the Nose-Face-Killah attempts to juggle bottles and saliva all at once.
14 Tyler Seguin
Tyler Seguin was unceremoniously shipped out Boston in 2013 in a trade the organization seems to have yet recover from. Much of the talk behind the trade was the former second overall pick’s incompatibility with an older veteran core in Boston. Seguin was rumored to be quite the party animal, often being late to team meetings and even being suspended for missing a practice. His life style simply did not fit with the ideology and philosophies upper management on Causeway street had in mind for their hockey club. Ever since he was separated from his long-nosed party buddy, Tyler Seguin has taken the NHL by storm. Everyone knew he had the skill, but he finally put it together in The Lone Star State. He's avergaed more than a point per game with the Stars and has truly found his place in the league alongside Jamie Benn. He'll also be on Canada's World Cup of Hockey team, along with Brad Marchand. All the clubs in Toronto should be on noticed for when those two go out together. Send us the pictures!
Now, while there is no denying Seguin’s ability on the ice as one of the prime snipers in the game today, he, much like former Bruins buddy Brad Marchand, has quite the compromising archive of party snippets circling the web today.
13 Carey Price
Regarded by many as the best hockey player on the planet, all positions confounded, Carey Price would be excused for drinking after the season both he and his team had. Shelved with injuries virtually all year, the Montreal Canadians record breaking start to the season crashed and burned almost at the instance Price was placed on injured reserve. The club imploded and shipped away much of their excess weight eyeing a rebuild for next season, in hopes their All-World goalie can regain his health and the form that won him league MVP and Vezina trophies in 2015. Prior to becoming the star that he appears today, Price was rumored to be quite the party animal in his younger years in Montreal. With no shortage in funds, fame and renowned establishment in the city, many candid shots of Price have been captured throughout the years.
Remember that World Cup of Hockey that we keep mentioning on this list? Well, Carey Price is on that team too. If he can rediscover some of his partying mojo, than he, Seguin and Marchand will drink all the liquor in town. It's unlikely for Price though, as he's since settled down with his current wife, Angela.
12 Jaormir Jagr
Jaromir Jagr will be forever remembered as one of the greatest players of all time. At 43, he led the upstart Panthers team in scoring and guided their promising young team to the playoffs for the first time in ages. He has a career that spans across three decades in the league. He has won countless scoring titles and two Stanley Cups, Olympic Gold in '98 and a plethora of other accolades. He prides himself in keeping in top shape, which has allowed him to play this long. In a testament to the true character and icon that he is, this picture was posted by a young woman who blackmailed Jagr into posting this picture online if he did not pay her $5,000 following what seems to be a fun-filled evening of partying. Number 68’s pose in the picture was his response to the threat, in true legend fashion. Jagr stays winning forever. While we can't confirm if he's drunk in this photo, we'll definitely bet that he's hungover - at the least.
Despite the fact that Jagr still obviously parties, he hasn't slowed down a little. The all-time great is signed again for next season, though he decided he will not participate at the World Cup of Hockey as well. While fans are likely disappointed, we can tell you who isn't: the entire Florida Panthers organization.
11 Evgeni Malkin
Evgeni Malkin has been as important to the Penguins success over the years as Sidney Crosby (who also figures on this list). Big, strong and skilled, Gino has helped anchor the middle of the ice for the Pittsburgh for over a decade now. He is proving to be an impact player yet again, with his club in the thick of another deep playoff run. The former Hart Trophy winner already has a Stanley Cup ring,and seems poised to make a run at a second one this spring. Another fun fact about Gino: he is Russian. Russians love their vodka. A much younger Malkin can be viewed in this picture tongue wrestling with what seems to be a charming young lady, no doubt. The influence of alcohol can surely attest to the outcome captured on film. In hindsight, we're sure Gino wanted this to remain private.
Do you know what we'd like to see? Some pictures of Gino partying after winning the second Stanley Cup of his career in 2016. We'd bet that Malkin bought all the vodka at whatever bar was lucky enough to house him after his victory. If he did, we don't blame him either. Winning the Stanley Cup is hard!
10 Alex Ovechkin
Fresh off another underachieving playoff run for his club, The Great 8 has plenty of reasons to want to drown his sorrows in liquor. At no fault of his own, Ovie produced as much as he could, while his teammates failed to live up the President's Trophy billing of the regular season. Ovechkin captured yet another goal scoring title this year, his fourth in a row and sixth since being drafted in the league 11 years ago. Along with many of his counterparts found on this list, the picture here is far from an isolated event. In fact, several photos can be found of Alexander the Great, drink in hand and often surrounded by women in lavish settings if you search hard enough. As long as the scoring king continues to produce and eventually carries his team over the proverbial Stanley Cup hump, no one will question what he does outside of the rink.
If The Great Eight can ever manage to win the Stanley Cup, we need everyone in Washington to have their cell phones ready, cause there's no doubt that Ovi will drink the town dry and we'd love to take part in the fun!
9 Paul Bissonette
While perhaps not a star per say on the ice, the former Coyotes fourth-liner was better known for his social media prowess and cult like following. Dubbed as the Dan Bilzerian of pro hockey, though he obviously lacks even a relevant fraction of his wealth, Paul Bissonette often posted his most compromising pictures of himself on his social media accounts. A rabid party animal and a fully assuming "plug"as often referred to in the hockey world, Paul owns some of the most outrageous moments of debauchery caught on camera. Playing in Arizona, he was just a short trek away from Las Vegas or Los Angeles, and we all know the type of partying that goes on out there. An admitted womanizer as well, most of the former agitator's best pics, like this one, cast him inebriated and surrounded by ravishing women.
Sadly for Bissonette, despite the fact that he's an enjoyable personality, it would appear that his time in the NHL has come to an end, as he hasn't stepped foot on an NHL rink since 2014. When he gets fed up of playing in the AHL, there's no doubt that Biz-Nasty will have a spot on the panel for either TSN or Sportsnet.
8 Patrick Kane
What a year it was been for Patrick Kane. The American sniper is coming off a career season in which he captured the Art Ross trophy as the league's scoring leader. Less than a full calendar year ago, he hoisted the game's Holy Grail for the third time in six years and it's entirely that he and Captain Serious win a few more before it's all said and done. And just last summer, he was acquitted of allegations pertaining to a sexual assault case following a night of partying. Somehow, amidst all the controversy surrounding his personal life, Kane showed up to work this season with what could be capped with his first league MVP award, which we will find out next month. Nonetheless, the former Conn Smythe winner proves to be yet another young man with a penchant for the drink. Kane has been photographed incessantly over his career while out partying. While we must assume that the nature of the partying remains always in good fun, one could imagine that the franchise player would like to avoid situations like the one he found himself this summer.
7 Alex Galchenyuk
The Canadiens premier centerman is adjusting to living life in the fish bowl that is Montreal. Every success beams bright and every struggle is over magnified. Galchenyuk has finally started to scratch the surface of his potential, notching 28 goals in a season where he was finally allowed to grow and mature at the position he was drafted to play. Gally quickly learned how fast news spreads off the ice as well. The young Russian-American found himself in the middle of a domestic violence dispute when police were summoned to his home following an altercation with his girlfriend. And all this, at 8 am on a Sunday morning. There were rumored to be three other young women present in the 21 year old's home who were not his own girlfriend, along with a drunken in teammate in Devonte Smith-Pelley. Just part of the adjustment period a young, rich kid living in a big city will have to get used to. Galchenyuk has been photographed several times hanging out in many Montreal hotspots, like the one featured here, glossy-eyed and disdained, with a large spilled-drink stain running down his shirt.
6 Andrei Markov
Andrei Markov has played his entire career in Montreal and has served as a mentor for many young players. He has served as a benchmark player in terms of work ethic, a role model, and avid family man. On the ice, he has been a consistent point producer and top-pairing defenseman throughout his career when he has managed to stay healthy. He has worn the alternate captain’s badge for several years and while never being the vocal leader on the team, he was always a player who led by example. He's also been loyal to his country, twice representing Russia at the Olympics, though they didn't manage to medal either time despite his presence. Now pushing 40, there was a time where he was perhaps a little less wise and mature, which is, frankly, a side to Markov that we love to see. Indeed, he can be seen here partying in Cancun with a lovely young woman, barely able to keep both eyes focused on the camera. That infamous Cancun trip has produced some of the more memorable hockey players gone wild moments caught on camera.
5 Ron MacLean
If I told you a famous television personality from the long-running Coach's Corner segment on CBC's Hockey Night in Canada would figure on this list, you would have definitely guessed…Ron MacLean, right? He pales in comparison to his co-host, the audacious, outspoken and downright loud Don Cherry. A hallmark of journalistic professionalism and a staple Canadian sports broadcaster, MacLean's legacy will live well beyond his years in the lore of Canadian Hockey fans. Despite his squeaky clean image, MacLean remains a true Canadian who enjoys a beverage like the next guy and can you blame him? If we needed to work with someone as crazy as Don Cherry, we can guarantee that we'd down whatever alcohol we could at the end of the night. At an undisclosed party, Ron decided a shirt was unnecessary and slashed strings on a beer bottle air guitar. Perhaps he could enter into the Air Guitar World Championship? Before you ask, yes, that's a real thing. Clearly, some liquid courage was much needed in order to hit the levels of debauchery depicted in this picture.
4 Jonathan Toews
The Blackhawks captain is as accomplished as they come on the ice. Widely regarded as one of the best two-way players in the league with a couple of Selke trophies to his credit, he has led his Chicago team to three Cups in the last six years and, like we mentioned in the entry on Patrick Kane, it's entirely possible he adds a few more Cups to his mantle in the coming years. Toews comes through in the clutch time and time again, and proves to be one of the most reliable forwards in the league today. Toews long time side kick, Patrick Kane, has made it very easy for the captain to fly under the radar when it comes to off ice issues. In fact, his American counterpart has established a reputation for being a party animal off the ice and he shamelessly assumes this role. Toews, while paling in comparison to Kane, has succumbed to the peer pressure of his teammate, and who can blame them after winning three Cups together. We see Toews chugging down a funnel here during his earlier years in the league.
3 Jeremy Roenick
The proverbial "badass" of his generation, Jeremy Roenick's career was defined by his brash, outspoken attitude which translated to his play on the ice. With a fair dose of snarl and sand paper in his game, the forward is one of four American-born players to score 500 goals in the NHL. Though he couldn't manage to win a Stanley Cup, Roenick was still known as a clutch playoff performer, scoring 122 points in 154 games throughout his career. Off the ice, JR has provided us with some of the most memorable exchanges with journalist and fellow players throughout the league, including his infamous tirade versus Patrick Roy in the 1996 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Since retiring, Roenick's personality has landed him several different gigs with various sports outlets such as TSN in Canada and NBC in the US as an analyst. This picture perfectly depicts JR's bravado as he sips a drink with a birthday cake while at a club in Las Vegas. Honestly, if we had to choose someone on this list that we'd love to party with, it's very likely that we'd go with Jeremy Roenick. At the same time, it would be hard to go wrong with any of these stars.
2 Jeff Carter
The power forward now boasts two Stanley Cups and an Olympic gold medal to his resumé. He spent six season with Philadelphia Flyers who drafted him 11th overall in 2003. He enjoyed a stellar career while with the Flyers, enough to land him a long-term extension that should have kept him in Philly until the 2020-2021 season. However, off the ice, Carter, and best buddy Mike Richards, began to become a distraction to the team off the ice. Rumored to be more concerned with partying rather than playing hockey, the two were shipped out of town. Carter spent some time in Columbus, before re-joining Richards in LA. The two would serve as pivotal pieces in helping the Kings win two Stanley Cups in the last five years, sticking it back to their former team who thought the duo was too destructive together off the ice to ever result into anything on it. As we can see in this picture, their reputation off the ice is not without warrant.
While Richards has since moved on due to his own personal issues, Carter has remained a staple in LA as one of their strongest offensive forces, scoring 20+ goals for the fourth straight year in Cali.
1 Sidney Crosby
Arguably the face of the entire league, Sidney Crosby appears to be a type of special player that only comes around ever so often in a generation. He just won the second Stanley Cup of his career and even won the Conn Smythe trophy this time around, though many have speculated that the honor should've went to either Matt Murray or Phil Kessel. His career now includes two Stanley Cups and two Olympic Gold Medals, a World Cup, World Junior Championships, scoring titles and much more. The scary part is that he is only now entering the age often considered a player's prime. Sid the Kid proves to be a prominent public figure as well. High profile companies seek out his partnership, as he holds many endorsement deals to his credit. Nonetheless, beyond his pristine image as the ultimate professional, Crosby has had his moments of fun as well. His whole life has been recorded since he appeared to be the second coming of Gretzky as a young child. In this picture, Crosby seems to be enjoying himself, under the influence of some liquid courage, while photobombing two blondes who prefer to remain anonymous.