August 01, 2008
It's been a good off-season thus far for NHL player aesthetics. Puck Daddy contributor Margee from Sportsquee just completed an epic vote that determined the Ten Hottest Hockey Players. Your winner was Vincent Lecavalier of the Tampa Lightning, who edged out Rick DiPietro of the New York Islanders. (For the record: Jordan Staal was named the hottest Staal brother. The Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers tied for the highest number of hotties.)
Meanwhile, the venerable Adam Proteau of The Hockey News recently went far, far away in the other direction -- running a contest to determine the NHL's biggest nose.
The Hurricanes' captain wasn't a runaway winner, but he didn't win by an, er, nose, either. The runner-up award went to Colorado winger Ryan Smyth; third goes to Avs defenseman Adam Foote, followed by a three-way tie for fourth between Atlanta's Colby Armstrong, Colorado's Ian Laperriere, and Dallas' Stephane Robidas.
Perhaps we'll make this an annual voting event; the way hockey is played, the faces of all who made the top six could wind up looking decidedly different (if not better) by this time next year.
Of course, in the hockey lexicon, "better looking" usually means "fuglier," and puckheads love debating the repulsiveness of professional hockey players about as much as any topic that earns a seven-page thread on the HF Boards.
Ugliest player of all-time? We've seen Gino Odjick's name mentioned more than once with that honor. But in the end, perhaps blogger Jeff Little said it best: "Mike Ricci has long held the title of ugliest hockey player and I don't think there will ever be any competition."