2013-14 NHL Twitter Guide: The Best Social Media Presence on Every NHL Team

Jameson Sempey@jsempeyCorrespondent IIIAugust 15, 2013

2013-14 NHL Twitter Guide: The Best Social Media Presence on Every NHL Team

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    As a hockey fan, there's no better time than now to hop on Twitter and sort out who you're following for the 2013-14 NHL season.

    There are still a few talented free agents unsigned, but for the most part, the rosters teams have now are what they'll go into the preseason with.

    Here, we'll showcase every NHL team's top Twitter presence to get you started and list the rest that didn't quite make it to the top for their respective clubs.


    Only NHL players listed on the active roster for each team at NHL.com were considered. If an account was unverified, it was not considered unless there was substantial evidence it actually belonged to the NHL player. 

    Presence was judged on how active the player is, how often their tweets are original and how entertaining they are.

Anaheim Ducks: Dustin Penner

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    Dustin Penner may not only be the best player on the Ducks to follow on Twitter, he could be tops in the league. 

    The two-time Stanley Cup champion may have a future as a stand-up comic when his playing days are over. He had the Twitterverse retweeting at will with this one:

    Honestly I don't care if you are gay or straight as my teammate. As long as you don't listen to Nickelback. #courage

    — Dustin Penner (@Dustinpenner25) April 30, 2013


    Honorable Mentions: Emerson Etem (unverified), Ben Lovejoy, Sheldon Souray

    The Rest: Frederik Anderson (unverified), Matt BeleskeyIgor Bobkov, Nick BoninoPeter Holland, Kyle Palmieri, Jakob SilfverbergDaniel Winnik

Boston Bruins: Torey Krug

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    @KrugTorey (unverified)


    The Bruins are not big tweeters. In fact, Torey Krug is the only member of their current active roster that's got an account—and it's not verified.

    We're pretty sure this is Krug, though. Based on the photos, and the fact he's managed 23,000-plus followers.

    There's nothing too exciting to see here, but Krug documented a lot of his journey as a rookie last season.

    If you ever wanted to know what Krug looked like as a kid, however:

    @zkrug_19: Talk about a throwback! @MKrug7 @KrugTorey @Krug39 pic.twitter.com/cl4VDS1oPL” bottom right... Stud #whathappenedtome

    — Torey Krug (@KrugTorey) August 8, 2013


    Honorable Mention: Marc Savard


Buffalo Sabres: Luke Adam

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    The Sabres are the yin to the Bruins' yang, and we're not just talking in terms of success level here.

    Luke Adam, Steve Ott and Mike Weber all maintain an almost daily Twitter presence, while several other teammates do their fair share, too. Adam even keeps tabs on Calgary Sun letters to the editor: 

    http://t.co/qPrDLJh7JP Maybe if ol shawny boy had a better education himself he wouldn't be getting his job stolen. Go on buddy #mutant

    — Luke Adam (@LukeJAdam) July 29, 2013


    Honorable Mentions: Steve Ott, Mike Weber

    The Rest: Christian EhrhoffJhonas Enroth, Jamie McBain, Kevin Porter, Mark PysykChad Ruhwedel (unverified), Thomas Vanek

Calgary Flames: Brian McGrattan

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    Brian McGrattan is a mutant. No, really, he says so himself.

    McGrattan's got an interesting description and default photo. He's also sure to keep you entertained with chirps like this:

    just got my @mikefisher1212 player card today! pic.twitter.com/sd6Nb755vB

    — Brian McGrattan (@bigern10) July 22, 2013


    Honorable Mentions: TJ Galiardi

    The Rest:  Mikael BacklundSven Baertschi (unverified), Steve Begin (unverified), Mike CammalleriBen Hanowski (unverified), David Jones, Shane O'Brien

Carolina Hurricanes: Kevin Westgarth

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    Kevin Westgrath is a heavy retweeter, but it's rarely something a hockey fan wouldn't have some sort of interest in.

    When he takes to producing his own, he's quite the commentator. Anyone who's seen a Windows commercial can see why:

    There's no way I'm a good enough dancer to get the Windows tablet.

    — Kevin Westgarth (@KWesty19) May 14, 2013


    Honorable Mentions: Patrick DwyerJustin Faulk

    The Rest:  Elias Lindholm (unverified), Mike KomisarekJeff SkinnerJiri Tlusty,

Chicago Blackhawks: Andrew Shaw

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    Andrew Shaw is a pretty likable guy. His teammates respect him for his gritty style of play, and it's hard to dislike him as a fan when he does charitable things like auction off the stitches he received in the deciding game of the Stanley Cup Final last season for a good cause. 

    Most NHL fans are aware of the ridiculous stir Justin Bieber caused by stepping on the Blackhawks logo when he was in Chicago to see the Stanley Cup. Shaw took to Twitter to let him know it wasn't OK, a respectable move in itself: 

    Bro no stepping on the logo @justinbieber that's money on the board! #gutty pic.twitter.com/DtgRo4loMn

    — Andrew Shaw (@shawz15er) July 10, 2013


    Honorable Mentions: Bryan BickellBrandon Bollig

    The Rest: Nick LeddyPatrick Kane, Patrick Sharp

Colorado Avalanche: Erik Johnson

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    Like a lot of his NHL brethren, Erik Johnson keeps tabs on his favorite TV shows and links to news stories that he finds interesting. 

    What's most unique about Johnson's account is his recovery process after a workout. Check out this contraption:  

    Recovering with @NTrecovery MVP pro after a tough workout. Thanks fellas. #recoverfaster pic.twitter.com/jEsLnPtvw2

    — Erik Johnson (@6ErikJohnson) June 18, 2013


    Honorable Mentions: Matt DucheneGabriel LandeskogNathan MacKinnonRyan O'Reilly

    The Rest: Tyson BarrieSteve DownieBrad MaloneJamie McGinn, John MitchellCalvin Pickard (unverified), Cory SarichPaul StatsnyRyan Wilson

Columbus Blue Jackets: Cam Atkinson

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    There was some stiff competition in Columbus, but Cam Atkinson takes the crown. His love for Discovery Channel's Shark Week is beyond anything we've encountered, as seen from the tweet and accompanying photo of his dog's mutual admiration:

    It's a bad week for Bo #sharkweek http://t.co/RrIhD5auet

    — Cam Atkinson (@CamAtkinson13) August 5, 2013


    Honorable Mentions: Brandon Dubinsky, RJ Umberger

    The Rest: Artem Anisimov, Matthew Calvert, Marian Gaborik, Ryan Johansen, Dalton Prout (unverified), Jack SkilleJames Wisniewski

Dallas Stars: Jamie Benn

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    Jamie Benn uses Vine to get the advantage here. And he has some of the goofier Vine videos you might find on the Internet, but is there really anything else Vine is good for?

    Lunch with Vern Fiddler https://t.co/6dwWCjs40o

    — Jamie Benn (@jamiebenn14) June 22, 2013


    Honorable Mentions: Ryan Garbutt

    The Rest: Jordie BennBrenden DillonCody EakinAlex GologoskiJamie Oleksiak, Antoine Roussel 

Detroit Red Wings: Pavel Datsyuk

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    Pavel Datsyuk doesn't seem like an outdoorsman to the untrained eye, but he's into fishing, and as seen below, mushroom picking.

    If you venture to his Twitter, definitely check out his outfits when all of that's going on, too. I won't bore you with the outdoors stuff.

    Instead, I'll share with you his best tweet to date, which may also be his creepiest:

    Very cool pic.twitter.com/CL5cteRnvO

    — Pavel Datsyuk (@Datsyuk13) August 1, 2013

    All that was missing was a "#datsyuknation #datsyukforprez" string of hashtags.


    Honorable Mention: Jordin Tootoo

    The Rest: Justin AbdelkaderDaniel AlfredssonDanny DeKeyserCody Emmerton, Jakub KindlGustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar, Brendan Smith

Edmonton Oilers: Ryan Jones

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    Andrew Ference's family pictures are adorable, and Sam Gagner is pretty entertaining, but infusing humor into a tweet while paying homage to a retired NHLer at the same time like Ryan Jones does here gives him the edge: 

    Congrats @89SGagner !! You'll always be the 2nd best Gagner to me but what can ya do. #davewasmyhero #chathamboy

    — Ryan Jones (@jonesry28) July 22, 2013


    Honorable Mentions: Andrew FerenceSam Gagner

    The Rest: Richard BachmanJordan EberleRyan Nugent-HopkinsRyan Jones, Nail Yakupov, David PerronJeff Petry, Corey Potter, Justin Schultz

Florida Panthers: Jacob Markstrom

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    Jacob Markstrom is the first goalie to make the list.

    The only thing to be wary of is Markstrom's love for hashtags. It seems that he's always #buzzin.

    Otherwise, he's good for a quick jab at a teammate here and there, and who doesn't love a great mod to a car?

    Finally got my car customized and it was worth the wait #buzzin pic.twitter.com/hZie6GXslR

    — Jacob Markstrom (@j_markstrom) April 28, 2013


    Honorable Mentions: Erik GudbransonQuinton Howden 

    The Rest: Nick Bjugstad, Brian CampbellJonathan Huberdeau,  Tomas Kopecky (unverified), Shawn Matthias, Drew ShoreScottie UpshallJesse WinchesterMike Weaver

Los Angeles Kings: Colin Fraser

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    The cultural differences that collide in an NHL locker room are unique for a major North American-based sport. In one of his more amusing pair of tweets, Colin Fraser highlights differences in the way Canadians and Americans speak:

    For my American friends that don't believe me on the "aboot" and think its "aboat" here are some different lingo can vs USA. (1)

    — Colin Fraser (@colinfraser) July 1, 2013

    Can-eh, USA-huh. Can-garbage USA-trash. Can-BBQ, USA-grill. Can pop, USA-soda! Enjoy your day!

    — Colin Fraser (@colinfraser) July 1, 2013


    Honorable Mentions: Jarret Stoll, Drew Doughty

    The Rest: Dustin Brown, Daniel Carcillo, Keaton EllerbyMatt Frattin, Anze Kopitar, Trevor LewisAlec Martinez, Willie Mitchell, Jonathan Quick, Ben ScrivensTyler Toffoli (unverified)

Minnesota Wild: Zenon Konopka

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    Have you ever seen bunny hockey jerseys? Well, Zenon Konopka has. His unique tweets of his pet bunny give him the edge over his teammates in Minnesota, and the fact that he can make a contest out of it for fans is even better:

    This is one of Hoppy's fav outfits, tweet a pic of your animals in their fav outfit-Winner gets a signed pic & puck! pic.twitter.com/mZMfDKOQLH

    — Zenon Konopka (@ZenonKonopka) August 6, 2013


    Honorable Mentions: Mike RuppJason Zucker

    The Rest: Charlie CoyleJake Dowell, Darcy KuemperNino NiederreiterRyan Suter (unverified)

Montreal Canadiens: George Parros

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    Recently acquired George Parros' online footprint is exceptional.

    Wine. Mustaches. Rock bands.

    It's clear enforcers are quite the entertainers. His nightly hypotheticals are the most random pieces of work featured on this list:

    #nightlyhypothetical only able to wear the same Halloween costume whenever clothed OR sweat boysenberry syrup

    — George Parros (@GeorgeParros) July 24, 2013


    Honorable Mentions: Brendan GallagherJosh Gorges

    The Rest: Raphael DiazLars EllerAlex GalchenyukBrian Gionta, Travis Moen, Max Pacioretty, Carey PriceBrandon Prust, P.K. Subban

Nashville Predators: Mike Fisher

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    Mike Fisher is a veteran leader, and he posts often on Twitter. Newcomer Eric Nystrom is another quality presence, but the incumbent wins here, in part because Nystrom still has a Stars background.

    There was a lot made of free-agent forward Rich Clune posting some off-beat contract demands to his Twitter, but this may be the best commentary there's been about the incident:

    Today we say goodbye to @richcluneshow 's account. Gone far too soon #RIP pic.twitter.com/bDOP0sdeIB

    — Mike Fisher (@mikefisher1212) July 22, 2013


    Honorable Mentions: Eric Nystrom, Colin Wilson

    The Rest: Victor BartleyMatt Hendricks, Seth Jones, Roman Josi, Kevin KleinViktor Stalberg

New Jersey Devils: Ryane Clowe

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    Ryane Clowe brings a power forward type of game that the Devils lacked last season, and he brings an active Twitter account, too.

    The Devils roster takes an old-school approach to social media similar to the Bruins. There are not many players to choose from here.

    Clowe retweets fellow NHLers and posts lots of photos of his family. It's a nice look into his off-the-ice life and gives you an idea of who he associates with in the locker room. He has plenty of commentary on other players:

    I thought Handzus was too slow? Speed is great in late march, little different game in early June.

    — Ryane Clowe (@ryaneclowe29) June 3, 2013


    Honorable Mention: Martin Brodeur

    The Rest: Patrick Elias, Jaromir JagrBryce Salvador

New York Islanders: Matt Martin

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    Michael Grabner was an unfortunate tweet away from ranking tops among his Islanders teammates, but there's very little interest in seeing what the Austrian winger's abs look like post-workout. Colin McDonald, who got an honorable mention, calls him out on it:

    My abs could look like that too with all those filters and enhancements on Instagram @grabs40 #thediesel #natural #nofilterneeded

    — Colin McDonald (@ColinMcDonald13) July 22, 2013

    Matt Martin's passion for other sports and balance triumphs here. You won't find any half-naked pictures floating on his account, just good old-fashioned fun:

    Yo @grabs40 where are the keys to the Bentley? I'm in town figured I'd take it for a ride and make sure it's running properly

    — Matt Martin (@mattymarts17) June 28, 2013


    Honorable Mentions: Michael GrabnerColin McDonald

    The Rest: Casey CizikasMatt Donovan (unverified), Calvin de Haan (unverified), Thomas HickeyAnders Lee (unverified), Matt Moulson, Aaron Ness (unverified), Brock Nelson (unverified), Kyle Okposo, John Persson (unverified), Ryan StromeJohn Tavares

New York Rangers: Carl Hagelin

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    The Blueshirts have come a long way since Sean Avery's actions on Twitter made New York Rangers upper management cringe at the idea of the social media site. The honorable mentions all do a great job giving the fans what they want here, but having a laugh at a teammate's expense makes the difference for a spot on this list.

    Carl Hagelin's tweets have to make even fans of rival teams chuckle:

    Not sure if this is @SteveAngello or @zuccarello36 pic.twitter.com/CbGm4FxhxX

    — Carl Hagelin (@CarlHagelin) May 28, 2013


    Honorable Mentions: Brian BoyleHenrik Lundqvist, Dominic Moore, Brad Richards

    The Rest: Arron Asham, Martin BironDerick BrassardMichael Del Zotto, Derek DorsettJustin Falk, Chris KreiderRyan McDonaghJohn Moore, Derek StepanMats Zuccarello

Ottawa Senators: Jim O'Brien

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    @HAMRofjustice (unverified)


    Jim O'Brien's account is not verified, but it's safe to say it's him based on all the conversations with Sens players that have verified accounts and the selfies. The account was originally run by teammate Matt Kassian, and now O'Brien is running with it. The laughs shouldn't stop anytime soon: 

    Hey @shakira your hips don't lie, but neither does the #HAMR .... #therealHAMR

    — Jimmy O'Brien (@HAMRofjustice) May 28, 2013


    Honorable Mentions: Eric GrybaMatt KassianMarc Methot 

    The Rest: Craig Anderson, Cory Conacher, Erik CondraRobin Lehner, Erik Karlsson, Jean-Gabriel Pageau (unverified), Bobby Ryan, Zack Smith, Kyle Turris, Mika Zibanejad

Philadelphia Flyers: Jakub Voracek

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    @jachobe (unverified)


    It's odd that we didn't see much of Jakub Voracek's funny side during HBO's 24/7 series, but his Twitter account will leave a smile on followers' faces.

    It's hard to stop laughing about this classic:

    Which one Brayden Schenns picture do u guys like the most?#cantstoplaughing pic.twitter.com/H9TiSMds

    — Jakub Voracek (@jachobe) February 19, 2013

     Hey, at least Brayden Schenn doesn't look like Amanda Bynes circa 2013, right?


    Honorable Mentions: Jason Akeson (unverified), Zac Rinaldo

    The Rest: Bruno Gervais (unverified), Claude GirouxScott Hartnell, Scott LaughtonOliver Lauridsen (unverified), Vincent Lecavalier, Tye McGinn, Matt Read, Brayden Schenn, Wayne Simmonds

Phoenix Coyotes: Paul Bissonnette

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    Paul Bissonnette is the NHL's social media king. Whether it's Twitter, Instagram or Vine, Biz Nasty gives the world an all-access pass on a daily basis to his nearly 450,000 followers.

    He's always entertaining, but what might be most unique is how he'll chirp back at all the "haters." Here's a look at his response when someone gets a little riled up about how much money he makes:

    Reading some of your tweets @macmurray. Your anger is disturbing. I hope your children don't read your account. #FatherOfTheYear

    — Paul Bissonnette (@BizNasty2point0) July 26, 2013


    Honorable Mention: Chris Summers

    The Rest: Oliver Ekman-LarssonMike Ribiero (unverified)

Pittsburgh Penguins: Beau Bennett

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    Beau Bennett has only played in 26 regular-season games in the NHL, but that doesn't stop him from overtaking veterans like James Neal and Tanner Glass on the list.

    He's hardly among the best tweeters in the NHL, but every once in a while he gets quite a few retweets and favorites with comments like this: 

    The draft would be more entertaining if it was full contact and teams only had 10 seconds to make each pick

    — Beau Bennett (@BeauBennett78) June 30, 2013


    Honorable Mentions: Harry Zolnierczyk

    The Rest: Robert Bontuzzo, Simon Despres, Nick Drazenovic (unverified), Andrew Ebbett, Tanner Glass, Steve MacIntyre, Brendan MikkelsonJames Neal, Joe Vitale

San Jose Sharks: Adam Burish

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    There's only one thing better than someone ragging on the second-worst actor of all time, Nicholas Cage—someone chirping about maybe the worst actor of all time, Tom Cruise. Adam Burish has plenty to offer on Twitter, but this was one of his best:

    You guys see these pressed up against the glass last night? A or B cup? @Logancouture @jasondemers5 @Burnzie88 pic.twitter.com/fyPP8VXHOX

    — Adam Burish (@ABurish37) May 24, 2013


    Honorable Mentions: Logan Couture, Jason Demers

    The Rest: Sena Acolatse, Dan BoyleBrent Burns, Dylan DeMelo, Martin Havlat, Bracken Kearns (unverified), Travis Oleksuk (unverified), Sebastian Stalberg, Tommy Wingels

St. Louis Blues: Adam Cracknell

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    Picking just one Blues player is hard considering how active nearly their entire roster is on Twitter—it seems like half the team posted about Chris Stewart's wedding. But hockey humor conquers all, and that's why Adam Cracknell gets the honor:


    Now the highways are chirping us. @BizNasty2point0 @saucehockey http://t.co/pREAyp6U9o

    — Adam Cracknell (@ACracknell79) July 24, 2013


    Honorable Mentions: Ian ColeKevin Shattenkirk, Alexander Steen, Chris Stewart

    The Rest: Jake Allen, Keith Aucoin, David BackesPatrik Berglund, Brian Elliott, Jan HakanpaaDmitrij JaskinT.J. Oshie, Magnus PaajarviAlex Pietrangelo, Chris Porter, Derek Roy, Vladimir Tarasenko

Tampa Bay Lightning: Steven Stamkos

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    It's a rarity for a high-profile player to use Twitter that often in today's NHL. It's understandable, given some of the things that can go wrong for you in the public eye, but Stamkos manages to keep it interesting without crossing the line. Just look at this gutsy photo from Nate Thompson's wedding:

    I think we had a good time at @NateThompson44 wedding ... Suck it in boyzzzz @teddypurcell16 pic.twitter.com/ylZVGsxsvr

    — steven stamkos (@RealStamkos91) July 20, 2013


    Honorable Mentions: Alex Killorn, Nate Thompson

    The Rest: Keith AulieBen Bishop, Jonathan Drouin (unverified), Radko GudasVictor HedmanRyan Malone, Teddy PurcellMatt Taormina

Toronto Maple Leafs: John-Michael Liles

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    It's evident that hockey players all tend to like similar things.

    A lot of today's stars seem to like the show Suits, enjoy fishing and really enjoy Shark Week.

    Indiana-native John-Michael Liles is no exception, highlighting his sense of humor:

    Twister meets Jaws starring Tara Reid and Ian Ziering. #puregold #oscarinjuly #Sharknado

    — John-Michael Liles (@hoosierjm26) July 12, 2013


    Honorable Mentions: Dave Bolland, Tyler Bozak, Jake GardinerJoffrey Lupul

    The Rest: Carl Gunnarsson, Nazem KadriPhil Kessel, Frazer McLaren (unverified), James van Riemsdyk

Vancouver Canucks: Ryan Kesler

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    Ryan Kesler's Twitter is a mixed bag. For one, there's a lot of positive charity work in the community.

    He shares a decent amount of family photos, too.

    Most entertaining, however, is Kesler's "#lakelife." All summer, he's shared lots of photos from time spent on the lake. His page is littered with bromance, and if you're into this sort of thing, he's the guy to follow:

    #actionshot pic.twitter.com/p9hWUjejUn

    — Ryan Kesler (@Ryan_Kesler) July 17, 2013


    Honorable Mentions: David Booth, Jason Garrison, Tom Sestito

    The Rest: Darren Archibald, Kevin BieksaDerek Joslin, Zack Kassian (unverified), Brendan Gaunce (unverified), Alexandre Mallet (unverified), Yannick Weber

Washington Capitals: Brooks Laich

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    It's extremely difficult to ignore Alex Ovechkin's photos, but snippets about his dogs, mom, Gillette razor and beauty of a girlfriend get a little redundant after awhile.

    That's why, instead, props have to be given to Brooks Laich.

    The inspirational quotes are...ehh...OK, and the photos of Saskatoon's countryside are gorgeous, but his music commentary is what fans should follow for:

    What a display by @rihanna last nite, wow can that girl move! Im sure every dude took a seat at some point to avoid public embarrassment....

    — Brooks Laich (@brookslaich) April 30, 2013


    Honorable Mentions: Karl AlznerSteven Oleksy, Alex OvechkinTom Wilson

    The Rest: Nicklas Backstrom, Troy BrouwerJohn CarlsonJohn ErskineEric Fehr, Mike GreenBraden HoltbyMarcus Johansson, Tomas KundratekMichal Neuvirth, Tyson StrachanJoel Ward

Winnipeg Jets: Evander Kane

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    Facial hair is everything in the NHL.

    Well, maybe not everything, but a nice 'stache or beard goes a long way. 

    So, what's this got to do with Evander Kane?

    This photo of him and a stranger on Instagram should clear things up:

    When I saw this man I had to ask him for a pic. #mustacherides http://t.co/OC8dgadS6f

    — Evander Kane (@EKane9JETS) July 1, 2013


    Honorable Mentions: Anthony Peluso, Jim Slater, Chris ThorburnJacob Trouba, Blake Wheeler

    The Rest: Grant Clitsome, Andrew GordonOlli Jokinen, Andrew LaddAdam Pardy, Mark Scheifele, Eric Tangradi, James Wright