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The Fan Favorite on Each NHL Team's Roster

Jason SapunkaCorrespondent IIJanuary 13, 2017

The Fan Favorite on Each NHL Team's Roster

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    Every hockey team has at least one guy who, for whatever reason, is loved by the fans there.

    Whether it be through dedication to the team, playing the game the right way, being incredibly skilled or maintaining some type of charisma that is impossible to ignore, these guys have won admiration where ever they play.

    Fans of other teams may not always some of these players, but those cheering these players are certainly happy to see them on the ice.

Anaheim Ducks

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    George Parros has been the Ducks' enforcer since the 2006-07 season.

    One of the NHL's top heavyweights and a well-experienced pugilist, only Parros' mustache comes close to giving him competition in Anaheim.

Boston Bruins

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    Boston hockey fans love their young team leader in points, Tyler Seguin, but you would have a hard time finding a Bruins fan who doesn't own some form of Milan Lucic apparel.

Buffalo Sabres

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    Ryan Miller gained a lot of fans in the United States after being the team's netminder on the 2010 United States Olympic hockey team.

    The admiration is no different in Buffalo.

Calgary Flames

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    Captain Jarome Iginla is the face of hockey in Calgary and is a fan favorite in many cities across the NHL.

Carolina Hurricanes

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    Who else would be the pick for this franchise but Eric Staal? The 27-year-old captain averages more than 70 points per season for the Hurricanes.

Chicago Blackhawks

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    Along with teammate Patrick Kane, captain Jonathan Toews' jersey is one of the NHL's bestsellers every season.

    An excellent all-around hockey player, there's no questioning why so many people like Toews.

Colorado Avalanche

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    The 21-year-old Matt Duchene totaled 67 points last season but played in just 58 games this season.

    He'll be a big part of the Avalanche for many years if the team can re-sign him this offseason.

Columbus Blue Jackets

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    Columbus has not had much to be proud of in its history, but Rick Nash is a bright spot.

    Nash could be on the move this offseason after being the talk of rumors at the trade deadline.

Dallas Stars

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    Captain Brendan Morrow's jersey is the only one available at the Dallas Stars online shop without customization.

    The site knows what is in demand.

Detroit Red Wings

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    It's hard for any hockey fan not to appreciate the type of player Pavel Datsyuk is, and Detroit's are no different.

Edmonton Oilers

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    Taylor Hall is going to have a long successful career in Edmonton. The first overall pick of the 2010 NHL draft has 95 points in 126 career games.

Florida Panthers

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    With 57 points, the 28-year-old Stephen Weiss had a part in more than one-quarter of the goals Florida scored this season.

    Weiss has been with the franchise for more than a decade.

Los Angeles Kings

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    The jersey of Anze Kopitar, the team's regular-season scoring leader, is one of the top-selling jerseys on the Kings' website.

Minnesota Wild

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    Mikko Koivu is the first full-time captain in Minnesota Wild history.

Montreal Canadiens

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    Carey Price, Montreal's only All-Star, has an interesting personality.

Nashville Predators

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    Shea Weber is one of the NHL's best defensemen and is the team's captain.

New Jersey Devils

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    Martin Brodeur will be remembered as one of the best NHL goaltenders in NHL history, and New Jersey fans love him for helping deliver three Stanley Cups.

New York Islanders

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    John Tavares, the Islanders' most recent first overall draft choice, is already doing more for the team than their last one ever did.

New York Rangers

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    This season, captain Ryan Callahan passed goalie Henrik Lundqvist in jersey sales for the first time.

    Fans in New York like the man wearing the "C."

Ottawa Senators

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    Remember the ovation Daniel Alfredsson received at the 2012 NHL All-Star Game?

    Alfredsson is playing in his 16th season with Ottawa.

Philadelphia Flyers

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    The best-selling jersey in the NHL this season belonged to Philadelphia's Claude Giroux, according to SportsBusinessDaily.com.

    Giroux is a candidate for the Hart Memorial Trophy and is loved by Flyers fans for good reason.

Phoenix Coyotes

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    Shane Doan is Phoenix's version of Daniel Alfredsson.

    Doan was with the franchise before the move from Manitoba to Arizona. He's the captain and the face of hockey in that area.

Pittsburgh Penguins

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    Were you expecting somebody else?

    Penguins fans have made Crosby's jersey the top-selling one in the NHL for two consecutive seasons.

San Jose Sharks

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    Joe Thornton has not led the Sharks to the Stanley Cup yet, but fans in San Jose still admire him more than any other player.

St. Louis Blues

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    David Backes tied for the team lead in points this season, and plays hard and physical.

    Hockey fans tend to like these qualities.

Tampa Bay Lightning

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    Steven Stamkos is the NHL's best sniper. He is admired widely by hockey fans, not only in Tampa Bay.

    Last summer when the Lightning took a bit of a while to get him re-signed, fans of other teams everywhere were drooling over getting the 60-goal superstar.

Toronto Maple Leafs

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    Not applicable...n/a.

    Nobody on the Maple Leafs is a fan favorite after a season the team's ownership felt it necessary to apologize for.

Vancouver Canucks

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    Vancouver loves the Sedin brothers, Henrik and Daniel. Picking one is the hard part.

Washington Capitals

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    Alex Ovechkin's jersey is an extremely popular item in the Verizon Center; Capitals fans adore their skilled scorer.

Winnipeg Jets

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    Big defenseman Dustin Byfuglien is a hot commodity in the NHL's return to Winnipeg.


    Jason Sapunka covers the NHL and Philadelphia Flyers. He is available on Twitter for updates, commentary and analysis.

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