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    10 Life Lessons From Kris Letang

    The talented NHL defenceman has many reasons why we should march with this Penguin.

    1. Good things come in small packages.


    While most defencemen in the NHL are over six feet tall, Kris is not exactly what you would consider a giant on the ice. He is listed as 6' even, but there is every reason to believe that he is only maybe about 5'10" or 5'11". Either way, he does his job effectively each and every night and that is what makes him so dominant, despite his lack of stature.

    2. If you surround yourself with successful people, you will also find success.


    Over the course of his NHL career with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Kris has been named to the Second All-Star Team, the NHL YoungStars Game, two All-Star Games, has been a finalist for the Norris Trophy and... oh yeah... he's won the Stanley Cup. Need I remind you that he's not even 27 yet?

    3. You're never fully dressed without a smile.


    That song from "Annie" is quite accurate with Kris. Although most of the time he is looking oh-so-serious (swoon...), when he smiles, it just melts your heart into goo.

    4. Always take time for meditation and contemplation.


    Everyone knows what girls think when they look at Kris. What remains the enigma, however, is what he is truly thinking. "How many assists am I going to get tonight?" -- "Are we going to get out of here with two points?" -- "Is that blonde in the third row checking me out?" We just wonder....

    5. Gorgeous hair is the best revenge.


    Ivana Trump, you are so right! If there is anything that Kris is most well-known for other than his talent, it is his luscious mane. The bounce on his long, dark hair is legendary and it just adds to his mystique. Just look at this flow....

    6. Take the time to appreciate life.


    Life is precious. We all learn that at one point or another. Sadly, for Kris, he had to learn that the hard way, too. On May 29, 2008, his former teammate and best friend Luc Bourdon was killed in a tragic motorcycle accident; he was only 21 years old. Bourdon's death made Kris re-evaluate a lot of things (he had actually planned on buying a motorcycle himself) and, to honour his friend, Kris got a beautiful tattoo to commemorate him.

    7. Stand up for yourself (and your friends) whenever possible.


    If there is any quality that is universally admirable, it is the ability to stand up for oneself and for others. When someone pushes us around, or pushes around someone we care about, we have to fight back. In the NHL, it is not rare to see players fight back when they feel that they or their teammates have been treated undesirably. Kris has been in ten fights during his NHL career and each has shown that he is not afraid to show that he will not put up with other guys' shit.

    8. Do your duty for your country.


    While Kris' NHL career has certainly been quite impressive, he has also enjoyed quite a superlative career on the international level. During his junior hockey days, he represented Canada at the 2005 World Under-18s, winning a silver medal, and at two World Junior Championships, twice winning gold, serving as team captain in 2007. He also played for his home province of Quebec at the 2004 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, winning a bronze medal. The accolades did not end there either. Kris was named to the tournament all-star teams for the 2005 U18s and 2007 World Juniors. Talk about true patriot love.

    9. Remember that family is always important.


    One great thing that seems to humanize hockey players is to see what they are like with their families. For Kris, family is also very important. On November 22, 2012, he and his girlfriend Catherine Laflamme welcomed their first child, a son named Alexander. On June 24, 2013, Kris and Catherine got engaged... breaking the hearts of many MANY girls. That being said, it seems like Kris knows the importance of having a solid family unit and it seems like he will for a while to come. Judging by how much Alexander looks like his daddy, there seems to also be another heartthrob in the making in the Letang clan.

    10. Looks aren't everything.


    Oh wait... we are talking about Kris Letang... never mind.... Seriously, Kris, stop it... you're just so handsome... please... just... stop.... Actually, please don't stop. We all adore you. Yes, you are a damn good hockey player but you also look like you can be a model. *swoon*

    So, Kris Letang, on behalf of every female fan you have, please never stop being the insanely talented player you are on the ice, as well as the damn-fine philosopher off of it. Merci beaucoup!

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