Every time there is a major women's sporting event or tournament it seems that some journalist pipes in with the "it's women so it isn't as good" tirade. Andy Benoit of Sports Illustrated was one of the most recent and tweeted during the Women's World Cup of soccer that women's sports in general were "not worth watching."
Women's sports are worth watching. For the most part, whatever game you're watching, the difference between watching the dudes and watching the ladies is that you know the names of the dudes. At the end of the day, it's all sports, it's exciting and stop pretending to be such a badass by putting women down.
Looking to hockey, our subject, there are some differences between women's hockey and the men's game. The slapshots aren't as hard, there is very little hitting, almost no fighting and overall the game is slightly slower and played by smaller people. At the same time though, it's the same game. The black rubber disk is on ice and five skaters try to score while one stays back in heavy padding and tries to keep the rubber disk away from the twine.
If you're not sold on watching yet, let me elucidate one of the best parts of the women's game. At the end of the contest, both teams, the winners and the loser, take of their helmets and male fans get to play a game called "hey, check out the unbelievable babe who was just pushing the rubber around the rink." Yes, there are some perfect tens playing hockey and there have been for years. Here is our take on the top twenty hottest female hockey players in the game right now.
20 Valentina Wallner
There are a few hot goalies on this list and the first we'll drool over is Swede Valentina Wallner. Her international career started back in 2008 when she was a member of the under-18 team. She would later join the Swedish national women's squad for two Women's World Championships and has played for several teams in Swedish leagues. While she doesn't have that blond-hair/blue eyes thing many people associate with Swedish women, anyone complaining can be safely be ignored.
19 Alexandra Vafina
18 Jessica Campbell
17 Ivonne Schroeder
16 Florence Schelling
We're on a roll with hot goalies right now, so let's keep the trend going. Schelling has tended the pipes for Switzerland's national women's team for three Olympics (2006, 2010 and 2014) bringing home the bronze in Sochi.
15 Monique and Jocelyne Lamoureux
14 Kelly Terry
13 Erika Grahm
12 Bailey Bram
11 Eveliina Suonpaa
10 Amanda Kessel
9 Halli Krzyzaniak
8 Susanna Tapani
7 Viona Harrer
6 Emerance Maschmeyer
So, good news/bad news time, dear readers. The good news is, we have another hot goalie. The bad news is, we only have a couple left. It reminds me of that old joke from The Simpsons when the town drunk Barney Gumble shouts at Homer, "I'm worried about the beer supply! After this case, and the next case, we only have one case left!!" This is how we feel about hot goaltenders at this point.
5 Tanja Eisenschmid
4 Hilary Knight
3 Angelina Goncharenko
2 Meeri Raisanen
Another gem who has played goalie for the Finnish national team is our number two and she, like the other Fins on this list, is a testament to the stereotype that all Scandinavian women are blonde bombshells. I'll spoil number one for you right now by the way, she's another goalie.
1 Anna Prugova
There was never a real contest for number one here. The rest of the list are hotties, but Russian goalie Anna Prugova is so obscenely beautiful that she is a full step above the rest. She started playing for the Russian national team back in 2010 and has been dropping jaws ever since. No matter what body part you're most fond of, she's perfect, with a stunning face and all the rest. Back in 2010, she was the youngest woman in the Olympic women's hockey tournament. As I've said before, I can read about hot women all day and if we've missed your favorite hockey babe we welcome their name in the comments section, but if you disagree with Prugova being our number one, that's your problem, dear reader.
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