Following the 2000-01 season, the New York Islanders were desperately looking for a new way to draw fans to the dilapidated Nassau Coliseum to watch a hockey team that was in rebuilding mode.
The organization came up with the simple concept of ice girls, who were "cheerleaders on skates" that would clean around the net during timeouts and commercial breaks.
The idea quickly caught on around the league. Currently, there are 17 teams in the NHL that incorporates some form of a cheerleading squad or ice dance crew.
The sting of painful New York Islanders losses over the last nine years has been eased by the sight of these beautiful ladies. Here is a look at the 10 hottest ice girls in franchise history.