NHL's 15 Most Quotable Players of All Time
Hockey's history if full of colorful personalities, many of which weren't shy when reporters entered the room.
But as media evolves, it's hard to put the players of the Original Six Era in the same "quotable" category as today's players. In the 1940s, teams could manipulate their image. In the 1960s, organizations could massage the story. Today, teams have their own online television channels, and Twitter has changed access completely.
Here are 15 guys that, no matter the era, are worth putting a microphone in front of.
15. Adam Burish
One of the most personable players in the game, he isn't scared of the "Please give me bulletin board material" questions when a reporter asks.
14. Daniel Carcillo
The CarBomb, like Burish, has no problem telling a microphone how he feels about someone.
13. Scott Gomez
Lots of Habs fans hate his contract, but Gomez is a pretty funny guy.
12. Bobby Holik
11. Alexander Ovechkin
Always good for a soundbite.
Dishonorable Mention: Roberto Luongo
Yeah... how'd that work out for you?
10. Eric Lindros
Has anyone ever seen Brett Lindros and Ozzie Canseco in the same place?
9. Bobby Hull
He never lacked confidence.
8. Chris Chelios
A leader on Montreal, Chicago and Detroit for 20-plus years, he was always available to the media.
7. Jeremy Roenick
He gets plenty of time with a mic now that he's part of the NBC/VERSUS broadcast team, but JR was never one to shy away from a reporter while he played.
6. Wayne Gretzky
He's Wayne Gretzky.
Dishonorable Mention: Kris Versteeg
I guess it's an acquired taste?
5. Dennis Hull
Fast forward to the 2:30 mark in this 10-minute video for some laughs from Dennis.
The most famous brother/uncle in NHL history is, truthfully, one of the funniest players in NHL history.
4. Chris Pronger
His relationship with the media is one of the most unique in the league today.
3. Patrick Roy
An all-time firecracker.
2. Sean Avery
Perhaps this is a sloppy second ranking?
Caution: video NSFW (some language)
1. Paul "BizNasty" Bissonnette
He is the Ochocinco of the NHL.
Paul Bissonnette might not be a household name, but BizNasty is familiar to most fans who are on Twitter.