Top 10 images of 2015 (Puck Daddy Year in Hockey)

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(Puck Daddy presents its annual look back at the year in hockey. Check back every day through the New Year for our many lists and hot takes.)  

As 2015 comes to a close, our heads flood with images of the last year in hockey. Some of them are goofy. Some of them are heartbreaking. And least one of them involved an oversized rubber duckie.

Here are the top 10 images in hockey for 2015:

10. Capitals Win Winter Classic

WASHINGTON DC, JANUARY 31: Washington right wing Troy Brouwer (20), center, is mobbed by his teammates after scoring the game winning goal in the final minute of the game as the Washington Capitals defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 3 - 2 in the NHL Winter Classic at Nationals Stadium in Washington DC, January 31, 2014 (Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON DC, JANUARY 31: Washington right wing Troy Brouwer (20), center, is mobbed by his teammates after scoring the game winning goal in the final minute of the game as the Washington Capitals defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 3 - 2 in the NHL Winter Classic at Nationals Stadium in Washington DC, January 31, 2014 (Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Troy Brouwer’s late-game goal gave the Washington Capitals the win in the Winter Classic over the Chicago Blackhawks, followed by a beautiful celebration in the D.C. air. It was enough to earn a banner at the Caps’ practice facility. But really, what isn’t? (Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

9. Newborn In The Stanley Cup

Blackhawks
Blackhawks

Then-Blackhawks center Antoine Vermette’s wife Karen was still a few days away from delivering baby Emilia Vermette when Chicago captured the Stanley Cup. But one day after she was born, the little one was propped up inside the bowl of the Stanley Cup for an adorable photo. (Photo via Phil Pritchard)

8. Leafs Fan Protest

Leafs
Leafs

A reminder about the contentious relationship between the Toronto Maple Leafs fans and their team before the hirings of Mike Babcock and Lou Lamoriello. This photo from the Toronto Star captures Nazem Kadri carrying a jersey thrown in protest with his stick. Three fans were banned from the ACC due to their action. (Photo by Steve Russell)

7. Patrick Kane Press Conference

Patrick Kane speaks to the media at a press conference before the start of Blackhawks training camp at the University of Notre Dame's Compton Family Ice Center in South Bend, Ind., Sept. 17, 2015. Kane spoke publicly for the first time since his involvement in an alleged sexual assault, saying: I am confident once all facts come to light I will be absolved.'' (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune)
Patrick Kane speaks to the media at a press conference before the start of Blackhawks training camp at the University of Notre Dame's Compton Family Ice Center in South Bend, Ind., Sept. 17, 2015. Kane spoke publicly for the first time since his involvement in an alleged sexual assault, saying: I am confident once all facts come to light I will be absolved.'' (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune)

When the Blackhawks trotted Patrick Kane out in front of the media before training camp at Notre Dame – to (not really) discuss his ongoing sexual assault investigation – fans saw a stark contrast with last postseason’s golden boy. Kane looked beleaguered and emotionless. It was striking. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune)

6. Stanley Cup X-Ray

Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup

Keeper of the Cup Phil Pritchard tweeted this amazing image of the Holy Grail as it passed through airline security, as TSA ensures that there’s no contraband being smuggled inside the Stanley Cup. 

5. Tyler Seguin In The Body Issue

Seguin
Seguin

Who knew all we needed to perfectly capture the roguish charms of the Dallas Stars forward a large plastic duck. This is honestly the most oddly arousing episode of SESAME STREET we’ve ever seen… 

4. Kimmo Timonen

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 15: Kimmo Timonen #44 of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrates with the Stanley Cup after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning by a score of 2-0 in Game Six to win the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the United Center on June 15, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 15: Kimmo Timonen #44 of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrates with the Stanley Cup after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning by a score of 2-0 in Game Six to win the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the United Center on June 15, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

At 40 years old and after blood clots in his lungs appeared to end his career, Timonen was traded to the Blackhawks at the deadline and then captured the Stanley Cup in his final NHL season. A truly wonderful moment for a wonderful human being.

3. So Long, Nassau

UNIONDALE, NY - MAY 05: A payloader removes the ice from the Nassau Coliseum on May 5, 2015 in Uniondale, New York. The New York Islanders have played their last game at the Nassau Coliseum and will begin to play at the Barclay's Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York City next season. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NY - MAY 05: A payloader removes the ice from the Nassau Coliseum on May 5, 2015 in Uniondale, New York. The New York Islanders have played their last game at the Nassau Coliseum and will begin to play at the Barclay's Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York City next season. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The haunting photos from Bruce Bennett as the Nassau Coliseum ice was dug up one last time were a solemn farewell to the old barn.

2. Clint Reif’s Child Gets The Cup

There wasn’t a dry eye at the Blackhawks’ parade when CJ Reif, the son of the team’s late trainer Clint Reif, was given the team’s championship belt and raised the Cup with Patrick Kane and Kris Versteeg.

1. The Most Canadian Photo Ever

Hockey
Hockey

Two Canadians, one a British Columbia Mountie, playing hockey on a mountain-top ice rink. It truly is the “most Canadian photo ever.” (bcRCMP)

Tomorrow: Top 10 Hockey Photos of 2015

Previously on the Year in Hockey 2015:

Top 10 players of 2015

Top 10 hockey people of 2015

Top 10 social media moments of 2015

Top 10 most shocking transactions of 2015

- Top 10 Most Heinous On-Ice Acts of 2015

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