Check out the 22 players we can’t stop drooling over, and don’t miss Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals in a win-or-go-home, Stanley Cup Conference Semifinals Game 7 showdown against the New York Rangers tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET on the NBC Sports Network. Click here for channel listings in your area. And did you know the Cup has its own Facebook Page?
1. Henrik Lundqvist (New York Rangers)
Henrik is a 30-year-old Swede, and plays goaltender for the New York Rangers. And unlike the real Don Draper, this one seems to have a positive outlook.
2. Ryan Kesler (Vancouver Canucks)
27-year-old Ryan Kesler was born in Michigan and plays center for the Vancouver Canucks. He’s spent all seven years of his NHL career on that team, and it’s impressive to see the Midwestern charm is still going at full blast.
3. Kris Letang (Pittsburgh Penguins)
Kris is a 24-year-old defenseman for the Penguins and hails from Montreal. He isn’t openly dating anyone at the moment, but he used to be in a relationship with Catherine Laflamme, who is famous for appearing on the Quebec reality television show with the highly suggestive title of “Occupation Double.”
4. Brooks Laich (Washington Capitals)
Brooks is a 28 year-old talent (and looker) from Saskatchewan who plays either left wing, center, or right wing for the Capitals. Head coach Bruce Boudreau said Laich’s teammates consider him the hardest working guy on the team. But he’s certainly not hard to look at.
5. Patrick Sharp (Chicago Blackhawks)
Patrick was born in Manitoba, Canada and is a forward for the Chicago Blackhawks. He seems pretty happy here, and isn’t bothered by the fact that his dog is exhausted from sleeping.
6. Jarome Iginla (Calgary Flames)
Jarome is 34, from Alberta, and plays right wing for the Calgary Flames. He is one of seven players in NHL history to score 30 goals in 11 consecutive seasons. And for every point scored, he gave $2,000 to a charity. This means that between 2000 and 2012, he donated a total of $550,000.
7. Nicklas Lidstrom (Detroit Red Wings)
Nicklas is the ripped 41-year-old Swedish defenseman for the Red Wings. Since entering the NHL in 1987, he’s only played for Detroit and has won 4 Stanley Cups.
8. Dan Girardi (New York Rangers)
When he’s not looking dapper against blue walls, 27-year-old Girardi is the Rangers’ defenseman from Ontario. He has played in all but 2 Rangers games between 2007 and 2011 (a rib injury took him out), which gave him a consecutive games-played streak of 330.
9. Shane O’Brien (Colorado Avalanche)
Shane is the intriguingly limber 28-year-old defenseman from Ontario who plays for the Colorado Avalanche. The above photo indicates he’s spunky.
10. Kris Versteeg (Florida Panthers)
Over the course of Versteeg’s relatively new NHL career, he’s played for the Chicago Blackhawks, the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Philadelphia Flyers, and now he plays for the Florida Panthers. So it’s not that he doesn’t want to date — it’s probably more like he doesn’t know which team will impress the ladies the most.
11. Steven Stamkos (Tampa Bay Lightning)
22-year-old Stamkos was chosen first overall in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning. He was the league’s leading goal-scorer in 2010 and 2012, which earned him two Maurice Richard Trophies, and is widely considered one of the best scorers in the sport… and apparently, he kills it at wearing a watch, too!
12. Eric Staal (Carolina Hurricanes) And Jordan Staal (Pittsburgh Penguins)
Eric Staal (L) is the eldest of the Staal brothers, and is the 27-year-old center for the Carolina Hurricanes. Jordan (R) is 23, and is the center for the Pittsburgh Penguins. But in addition to these two, there’s also 25-year-old Marc Staal (M), who is a defenseman for the Rangers, and Jared Staal, who is a 21-year-old right wing for the Providence Bruins. But unfortunately for Marc and Jared, only Eric and Jordan get our eyes twinkling.
13. Mike Fisher (Nashville Predators)
Mike is the Ontario-born center for the Nashville Predators. He played for the Ottawa Senators from 1999 to 2004, and then went abroad to play for the EV Zug. He returned to the states in 2005 and stayed with the Senators until he was traded to the Predators in 2011. And even though he was with the Senators for a good long time, the most precious relationship he has now is with his country-singer superstar wife, Carrie Underwood.
14. Taylor Hall (Edmonton Oilers)
Hall is the youngest guy on this list, but plays like he’s been at it for a lot longer. He is the left wing for the Oilers, and his supreme skills meant he was the first overall pick in the NHL Entry Draft of 2010. And seeing as he’s just 20 years old and that his career is just taking off, he’s probably only interested in dating people who will let him play the field….err, ice rink.
15. Vinny Lecavalier (Tampa Bay Lightning)
Vinny is from Quebec, and is the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 31-year-old, tall drink of water, center. In March of 2000, he joined the Lightning and became captain of the team when he was 19, making him the youngest captain in NHL history.
16. Patrice Bergeron (Boston Bruins)
Bergeron is also from Quebec and is the 26-year-old center for the Bruins. After Boston won the Stanley Cup in 2011, he became the 25th member of the Triple Gold Club (which describes players who have an Olympic gold medal, a World Championship gold medal, and the Stanley Cup). But the way he wears that suede jacket makes us think he’s got more things on his mind than pucks.
17. Maxime Talbot (Philadelphia Flyers)
Maxime is the 28-year-old suave center for the Philadelphia Flyers from Quebec. In 2001 he joined the Hull Olympiques and led them to the QMJHL Championship, and won the Guy Lafleur Trophy as playoff MVP in both 2003 and 2004. He then joined the Philadelphia Flyers for the 2005-2006 season, and it seems like he doesn’t want us to reveal any more.
18. Jarret Stoll (Los Angeles Kings)
Stoll is the 29-year-old Canadian center for the Los Angeles Kings. Many men idolize him for dating supermodel Rachel Hunter from 2006 to 2009. The two even got engaged, but then they broke up 7 weeks before the wedding. So technically, there are two people for us single people to pursue here.
19. Jason Spezza (Ottawa Senators)
Spezza is the dashing 216-pound center from Ontario who plays for the Ottawa Senators. When he was 1 he started modeling for brands like Woolco and K-Mart, and even appeared in a Minute Maid commercial.
20. Ryane Clowe (San Jose Sharks)
Clowe is the Sharks’ 29-year-old left wing. In the 2005-2006 season, he split his time between the Cleveland Barons and the San Jose Sharks until 2006, when he signed with the Sharks. Clowe is known for his hard checks, which is what the guy in this picture got if he beat Clowe in arm wrestling.
21. David Clarkson (New Jersey Devils)
28-year-old Clarkson is a center for the Devils. He ranked 7th in penalty minutes (183) in the 2007-2008 season, which means he’s really, really, really hot.
22. Jason Arnott (St Louis Blues)
Arnott is the 37-year-old GORGEOUS center for the St Louis Blues. In 2011, he scored his 900th career goal, but most of us weren’t paying attention because we were too busy staring at his remarkable jawline.