Top 15 hottest hockey players

Published On January 9, 2013 | By Arielle Aronson

In what is now becoming an annual event, Cosmopolitan magazine released a list of what it thinks are the 30 hottest hockey players in 2013. In the name of good journalism, we’ve combed through this list with an eagle eye and we can’t say we agree with the majority of their Top 30. They had Phil Kessel in as No. 9. Really? We won’t even begin to discuss Scott Hartnell.

In the spirit of improving the world and righting this terrible wrong, we’ve come up with a list of our Top 15 hottest NHL players. If you feel we’ve left someone out, let us know in the comments below.

No. 15: Taylor Pyatt

NHL: Phoenix Coyotes at Toronto Maple Leafs

Pyatt might be on this list solely because of his eyes. We’ve never seen eyes like these. They’re simply beautiful. Bruins will be seeing a lot more of Pyatt this season, as he just signed a two-year deal with the New York Rangers.

No. 14: Andrew Ference

NHL: Boston Bruins at Winnipeg Jets

Ference normally gets left of these lists, but we feel he’s under-appreciated. In addition to his great looks, he also has a stand-out personality. Ference is a devoted husband and father, and he cares deeply about the environment. He recently pledged to plant 50 trees to help restore a Brazilian rainforest for every goal Tyler Seguin scores in the 2013 season.

No. 13: James Neal


The Penguins winger has the tall, dark and handsome look going for him. As we learned on the NHL 36 episode featuring James Neal, he cares deeply about his hair, and because he’s worried about losing the natural oils in it, he only washes his hair once a week. Neal might be a bit of a diva, but whatever he’s doing is definitely working for us.

No. 12: Patrick Sharp

Patrick Sharp (Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports)

In 2011, Sharp was featured as the cover boy of Chicago Magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful Chicagoans. He’s a great choice. Sharp is an older player whose looks (and prominent cheekbones) appeal to both 20-somethings and more mature fans. Unfortunately, Sharp is spoken for: he married his long-time girlfriend in 2010 and welcomed his first child, a daughter named Madelyn, in 2011.

No. 11: Carey Price

Carey Price (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

Price has a somewhat unique look to him. He’s mastered the long-but-not-too-long hair with dark locks that grace the top of his ears, and he has big, brown eyes. Price may play for Bruins’ rival Montreal, but he seems like a good guy despite his ties to the Canadiens. He also is a supporter of the You Can Play Project, which wins him points with us.

No. 10: Zach Parise

Zach Parise (Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports)

Parise was the talk of the NHL immediately before the lockout as there was a huge debate as to where the free agent would end up signing. The Minneapolis native settled on his hometown Minnesota Wild, and fans are sure to enjoy his big smile and sparkling eyes for (13) years to come.

No. 9: Brooks Laich

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Laich emerged as a star to the greater female hockey fan world after he was featured on HBO’s 24/7 Road to the NHL Winter Classic. His piercing blue eyes just stare deep into your soul. He also rocks a buzz-cut, giving him that tough-man image that can be so attractive with the right man.

No. 8: Jordan Staal

Jordan Staal (Charles LeClaire-USPRESSWIRE)

All the Staal brothers are good-looking, but if we had to pick just one, it would be Jordan. There’s just something about Jordan that makes him the cream of the Staal crop. He’s got the prominent jaw and cheekbones of all the other Staals, and his hair is just majestic whether long (like it has been in the past) or short (as he has it cut currently).

No. 7: Jonathan Toews

Jonathan Toews (Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports)

Despite the fact that Toews’s last name is spelled completely different than it is pronounced (Tayves), the Chicago captain is a winner in our books. Toews always looks very serious, and it suits him well. His chocolate-brown eyes stand out while his close-cropped brown hair somehow gives him a bit of a boyish edge.

No. 6: Henrik Lundqvist

Henrik Lundqvist (Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports)

The Rangers’ goalie might be one of the most stylish players in the NHL, and he has model-good looks to go along with his sophisticated wardrobe. The Swede rocks a salt-and-pepper look with ice blue eyes that complete the image. He’s not too shabby in net either — he holds the record for most shutouts by a goaltender in Madison Square Garden and is just the second Rangers goalie to complete back-to-back 30-win seasons.

No. 5: Tyler Seguin

Tyler Seguin (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

The 20-year-old is a heartthrob in Boston and beyond. He has a boyish face but a manly body, and he can pull off both the buzz-cut (like he currently has after losing a bet with friends) and a longer-haired look, his go-to haircut. Seguin is just starting to be able to grow a beard, and we love the scruff too.

No. 4: Patrice Bergeron

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The slightly older Bergeron just barely beats out his teammate as he pairs a more mature persona with his stunning tall, dark and handsome aura. Bergeron’s straight, dark brown hair looks silky smooth, and he has a hint of that French flair that comes with being a Quebec native. Plus, Bergeron seems like a nice guy. He’s an assistant captain with the Bruins and is never in the paper for the wrong reasons.

No. 3: Mike Green

Mike Green (Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

Green can be a somewhat controversial choice, as his eccentric personality is a turn-off for some. The Capitals defenseman is well-known for being shown rocking slippers while he rode his moped to work in HBO’s 24/7. Still, Green has a strong sense of style, and we love his spiky hair and somewhat rockstar-ish look.

No. 2: Kris Letang

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In another life, Kris Letang could easily be a model. He embodies the stereotypical French style with his shoulder-length locks and urbane style. Letang can often be spotted in a dress shirt with the top few buttons undone and no tie. We can work with that, Kris.

No. 1: Gabriel Landeskog

Gabriel Landeskog (photo from

This Swedish star literally has no flaws. His face is perfectly shaped, his hair perfectly styled, his eyes a deep, gorgeous blue. He’s also very mature; at 20 years old, he’s the captain of the Colorado Avalanche (and is the youngest captain in the history of the NHL). We aren’t the only ones who think highly of Landeskog. When he was in Toronto for the 2011 NHL Draft Combine, he was randomly approached in a mall and offered a modeling deal.


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Arielle Aronson is a sports writer and recent graduate from Boston University, where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Print Journalism Magna Cum Laude. Arielle has a passion for sports cultivated from growing up with two older brothers. She also enjoys playing the piano, reading and traveling.