Many NHL players have talents that will help them succeed and make money off the ice when their hockey careers are over.
Many of these players will take their outgoing personalities and knowledge of the game to the media and work as analysts and reporters, while others may work in the private sector using their education.
Let's look at five NHL players who will be successful long after their careers finish.
Shawn Thornton, Boston Bruins
Boston Bruins winger Shawn Thornton is a very likable player and understands the sport quite well.
He is a fan favorite in Boston and one of the most exciting Bruins players to watch because of his physical style of play and willingness to drop the gloves and fight.
Thornton would be a very good hockey analyst on any of the local Boston sports shows and already has previous experience from his appearances on the Comcast SportsNet New England show "Sticks and Stones."
Thornton is a regular guest during the season and his analysis is good. He's also not afraid to challenge writers from other NHL cities (see video above).
Thornton should pursue a career as a Boston sports media personality when his Bruins career is over.
Shane Doan, Phoenix Coyotes
Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan signed a four-year, $21.2 million contract just before the lockout began in September, but after he retires, Doan could return to Canada and work more with the Kamloops Blazers.
Doan is a part-owner of the Blazers, who are currently in second place in the WHL's Western Conference with a record of 27-10-2-2.
Lots of former NHL players have remained in the league as front office employees, and Doan certainly has the intelligence and knowledge of the game needed to excel in that kind of position.
Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
Pittsburgh Penguins superstar center Sidney Crosby is the face of the NHL and the game's best player.
He has already made a ton of money in his NHL career from his salary and outside endorsements, and after signing a 12-year, $104.4 million contract, Crosby will have a ton of money when he retires.
With all of that money, and a great passion for the sport of hockey, Crosby should consider becoming an owner at some point in the future. According to Forbes, there are 11 NHL teams worth $200 million or less.
NHL legend Mario Lemieux helped save the Penguins franchise when he became a part-owner in 1999, and it wouldn't be surprising to see Crosby in an ownership role when his playing career ends. Maybe Crosby can become a part-owner of the Penguins too.
Craig Adams, Pittsburgh Penguins
Craig Adams was taken in the ninth round of the 1996 NHL Draft by the Hartford Whalers, but that hasn't stopped him from playing over a decade in the NHL.
The 2012-13 season (if there is one) will be the 12th of Adams' NHL career, and he has spent the last three-plus years with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Adams graduated from Harvard University, where he played college hockey for four years. Not only is Adams an intelligent person, but he has also been involved in many CBA meetings between the NHL and NHLPA during the lockout.
After he retires, Adams should consider working as a sports union executive. As a former player, he would understand how important certain issues are to the NHLPA.
P.K. Subban, Montreal Canadiens
Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban has been busy during the lockout working for SportsNet and appearing on some of the network's television shows and podcasts.
Subban's outgoing personality and knowledge of the sport and its players make him a perfect fit for the sports media industry.
It would be quite surprising if Subban didn't become a hockey analyst on TV after his career is over.
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