Well, the holiday season is almost upon us, and hopefully it will serve as an escape for NHL fans from all the ups and downs of the lockout. And there aren’t many better ways to take your mind away from things than to throw a party.
Holiday parties in particular are great for relieving stress. Everyone gets to take a break from their real life and spend some quality time with family and friends.
If hockey fans want to throw a party that they will never forget, their invite list will need to include these 15 hockey figures.
As we saw from HBO’s 24/7 Road to the Winter Classic last season, the New York Rangers know how to throw an ugly-sweater holiday party.
But, more importantly, Brian Boyle makes the party; the guy makes a great, “Buddy the Elf.”
Seriously, though, his impression of Will Ferrell is amazing. He's definitely a guy you would want at your holiday party.
Patrick Kane loves to party, and his name should appear on any NHL fan’s holiday party list.
Please, don’t send him home in a cab, though; word is that cab drivers have a bone to pick with him. Just as hockey players like to protect their teammates, cab drivers like to protect their co-workers.
Inviting Sean Avery to your party can either be a really good idea, or a really bad idea.
Avery has thrown some great parties in his day, but the cops are on to him.
Don’t forget, though, Avery is heavily involved in women’s fashion. If you want to get some of those models at your party, Avery may be your in.
If you think the risk is worth the reward, then send him an invite.
DISCLAIMER: Do not invite Avery if Dion Phaneuf and/or Elisha Cuthbert will be attending your party.
Mr. Universe himself is a great guy to have at a party if you want to impress your guests with some philosophical knowledge.
Ilya Bryzgalov may be the first hockey player in space, and to say the first hockey player to walk the moon attended your holiday party would be a story for the ages.
Every party has unwanted guests, but at a hockey party, kicking those guests out should be pretty easy being that a bunch of tough guys will have your back.
But if you are worried that someone may want to crash your party, toss Shawn Thornton at the door as a bouncer and no unwanted guests will get in.
Thornton led the NHL in penalty minutes last season, and people will think twice about crashing your party if he is in attendance.
There is no one that wears what looks to be an ugly Christmas sweater year round other than Don Cherry. This guy has style and absolutely deserves to be on everyone’s holiday invite list.
He also can dance and sing—well he tries to—but who doesn’t love that guy at a party who embarrasses himself attempting to dance?
The Discover Card mascot, Peggy, has made his name known throughout the hockey world by appearing in commercials with NHL players.
Although Peggy has angered some players in these commercials, he would make a great holiday party guest.
He wears a nice Christmas sweater every day at work, and he is quite the jokester that would keep your guests entertained throughout the night.
This one’s a long shot, but Gary Bettman and Don Fehr would make great party guests at a holiday party. Plus, it’s not like they have anything better to do with their time.
Okay, just kidding, these two have much more important things to do than attend a holiday party.
But maybe a holiday miracle will find these two meeting under a mistletoe, and they will kiss, make up and save the NHL season.
Two of the most iconic hockey fans in the world know how to party.
The Vancouver Green Men will impress your guests with their handstands, dancing and antics. Plus, they are good friends with Santa. They somehow obtained his Naughty List last year—maybe they have it again this year.
Zdeno Chara can team up with Thornton to kick people out that are unwanted, or that are acting out of line.
Anyone who sees this 6’9” giant standing at the door will think twice about entering the party uninvited.
He and Thornton have teamed up as bash brothers with the Bruins before, and even though there is no NHL right now, the two will have no problem putting anyone in their place.
Not only is Alex Ovechkin arguably the best player in the NHL, he is also one of the biggest partiers.
Ovechkin also has starred in a Russian rap music video. For those of us not from Russia, it’s hard to believe he is any good at rapping or dancing.
Nonetheless, a dancing, rapping, hockey-playing superstar would make an excellent party guest.
Alex Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn made their name known as partiers during the playoffs last season when they were suspended after missing curfew.
These two love their late nights, but before inviting them, make sure they don’t have a commitment the morning after your party.
The NHL Twitter personality himself, Paul Bissonnette, would make an excellent guest to a holiday party.
Well, he’s sort of an NHL player—at least he doesn’t think he is, according to his Twitter bio.
As many hockey fans already know, he's a comedian and would fit right in with Peggy at your party.
Maybe the two of them will have an act prepared for the night.
Last, but absolutely not least is Paulina Gretzky, daughter of “The Great One.”
Talk about a partier, this girl loves to have a good time, which can be seen in all of her Twitter photos.
She’s also been in the Christmas mood lately, so she’s ready to have a good time.
The jaws of your other party guests will drop when she walks through the door, but be warned, her daddy is very protective.
Her daddy is also someone you don’t want to be on bad terms with.