Hockey players are normally scouted based on their abilities and dekes on the ice, but today we'll give a hearty shout-out to the guys who've shown they've got sweet moves off the ice as well.
Growing up, and especially through their junior hockey years, players have three things in mind: goals, glory, and girls. Some might throw "flow" in there as well (flow as in beautiful hair that flows out of the back of a streaking players helmet - see Erik Karlsson for a prime example of "flow").
Hockey players tend to be more reserved and private when it comes to their personal lives, but for some it's hard to hide the fact that they are dating (or married to) a smoking hot model, actress, athlete, or just a "plain Jane" beauty from down the road. There were countless of names to choose from to add to this list, but it had to be narrowed down to the best of the best. Just like in training camp, the dusters get sent down to the minors for further seasoning.
While these girls might be on this list for their relationships with famous hockey players, almost all of them are self-made superstars themselves, if not even more famous than their hockey-playing men. Perhaps we need to have a sequel to this list, listing the top hockey players who have wives who are better known than they are (since hockey players don't exactly have the global reach of NFL superstars, this isn't too far-fetched of an idea).
All in all, we must give the due credit that hockey players so rarely get for their "WAGs" - as it is with other sports in America, hockey is always down the list in ratings, popularity, and in some cases attendance, but there's no doubt NHL superstars can get the ladies just as well as the rest of the sporting world.
15 Tammy Horton (Nathan Horton)
14 Noureen Dewulf (Ryan Miller)
13 Emma Andersson (Henrik Zetterberg)
12 Ivana Surovcova (Marian Gaborik)
11 Aneta Netolicka (Tomas Hertl)
10 Piritta Hannula (Niklas Hagman)
Niklas Hagman never really fulfilled his potential in the NHL, but he sure did take advantage of his stature off the ice. Piritta Hannula is a stunner, a blonde model who's made a name for herself in their native Finland as one of the most beautiful women in the country. She's since changed her name to Hagman, but the purpose of this article we keep her legal name - we like her a lot better than anyone (besides her) ever liked Hagman on the ice, anyway.
9 Brenna McGuire (Brandon Dubinsky)
8 Marie-Pier Morin (Brandon Prust)
7 Barbie Blank (Sheldon Souray)
6 Elisha Cuthbert (Dion Phaneuf)
Another blonde beauty for the WAG list. Cuthbert has been linked to several NHLers over the last decade, including Sean Avery (who famously got suspended for calling her "sloppy seconds" once she started dating Phaneuf) and Mike Komisarek (for reasons we'll never understand). Cuthbert is now happily married to Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf. The two lovebirds both hail from Alberta, so there's a Canadian connection that some might suggest puts Phaneuf above other Canadian superstars who found love with American beauties.
5 Lauren Cosgrove (TJ Oshie)
Lauren Cosgrove can probably thank her American Olympic hero husband TJ Oshie for her latest fame and glory, as his shootout performance in Sochi put him on a social media pedestal (which eventually put her on the same pedestal). After her initial discovery, she did the rest - she's almost as stunning as Oshie's brilliant shootout moves.
4 Melanie Collins (Scottie Upshall)
I'll be the first to admit that I had no idea that Scottie Upshall was with Melanie Collins. In fact, I might not be the only one to claim that I probably know more about Melanie Collins than I do about Scottie Upshall, just from following her reporting and social media pages. Off the top of my head, I couldn't even remember where Upshall was playing this year.
3 Erin Andrews (Jarret Stoll)
2 Lindsey Vecchione (Jonathan Toews)
1 Carrie Underwood (Mike Fisher)
Carrie Underwood takes the top spot for a couple of reasons: one, she's incredibly pretty. Two, she's incredibly famous. Three, she's the original NHL WAG. Sure, plenty of guys beforehand had beautiful women in their lives before Mike Fisher did, but his initial linking up with the music starlet was the first to send shock-waves across the NHL landscape. How could ol' Mike Fisher land a girl like that? Somehow, he did it, and they're even expecting soon. Through it all, Underwood is still as stunning as she was years ago, and she's even landed a gig doing the Monday Night Football opening theme song, a fairly high-profile position, all things considered.
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