The 24-year-old defenseman has his share of fans in Washington. In fact, one unofficial fan club comes to the arena in green shirts with the words "Gang Green" on the front. Mike is also involved with community organizations off the ice and buys seven season tickets every year for Most Valuable Kids, an organization that work with kids from underpriviledged and military families.
Hot NHL players
Forget the stereotypes about hockey players with lots of scars and missing teeth. They're actually as attractive off the ice in a suit as they are skating and shooting on the ice. Don't believe us? Then check out some of our favorites and let us prove you wrong.
Sidney is the biggest superstar in the NHL -- and for good reason. He's won several NHL trophies including the celebrated Stanley Cup in 2009, becoming the youngest captain in the NHL to have that honor. And in 2010, his overtime goal at the Olympics won a gold medal for the Canadian team and further cementing his status as hockey hero.
Every girl's crazy about a sharp-dressed man, which is probably why King Henrik is a favorite with the ladies. Rarely seen in anything but an impeccable suit, the Rangers goalie is also known for his perfectly quaffed hair and piercing blue eyes. And, you know, he's a pretty good goalie too.
This year, Jonathan won the Olympic gold medal for Team Canada, the Stanley Cup as captain of the Chicago Blackhawks, and the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoffs MVP. It's no wonder why this 22-year-old star is known as "Captain Serious" for his focus and determination on and off the ice.
Picked second in the 2005 NHL draft -- behind superstar Sidney Crosby -- Bobby is starting his third season with the Ducks in California. The American-born player also won a silver medal with the U.S. Olympic hockey team. And this offseason, he showed off his acting chops in a hilarious skit for the NHL awards show, competing with teammate Ryan Getzlaf in a series of "events" including chess and a painting contest.
Rick has spent his entire NHL career in Columbus after becoming the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2002. And if his success in the NHL doesn't impress you enough, he's also an Olympic gold medalist after picking up that hardware with Team Canada this year.
The Staal brothers
Forget one good looking hockey player. The Staal family has four. Eric Staal, the oldest of four brothers, won a Stanley Cup with the Hurricanes in 2006. Second-oldest Marc is a vital part of the Rangers for the past three season. And brother Jordan also already has a Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins. And the hockey talent in the family isn't tapped out yet -- youngest brother Jared plays in the AHL with hopes of working with oldest brother Eric in Carolina.
Sean Avery is a jerk. Sean Avery is controversial. But Sean Avery's bad boy persona gives him a personality that's more intriguing than some of the straight-and-narrow players in the league. Plus, he loves fashion and dresses pretty sharp off the ice.
Patrick is one of the many young talents in the NHL and he proved it once again this year. In February, he won a silver medal with U.S. Olympic hockey team and in June scored the Stanley Cup-winning goal for the Chicago Blackhawks. During the offseason, he goes home to Buffalo, N.Y. to spend time with his parents and three sisters.
Hockey runs in Zach's family -- his dad J.P. played in the NHL and his brother Jordan plays professionally in Europe. He also turned out to be an American hero in the Olympics when he scored the game-tying goal against Canada in the gold medal game. The team ended up losing in overtime, sending Zach home with an Olympic silver medal.
On the ice, Carey will be under pressure to deliver as a goalie for the Canadiens as frustrated Montreal fans hope for another Cup. But if that doesn't work out, he may have a good back-up job. During the offseason, Carey rides horses and competes in rodeos, complete with a lasso and cowboy hat.
The 20-year-old defenseman from Saskatchewan is a rising star for the Toronto Maple Leafs after making his debut with the team in 2008. Oh, and his brother, Brayden, is an NHL prospect. Quite a talented family!
Mike will have quite a bit of pressure on him from fans as a member of the storied Montreal Canadiens team. But he has already found success with the team, scoring the club's 20,000th goal in its history. And when he's not on the ice, his Twitter feed posts updates in both French and English for the Montreal faithful.
Alex became an NHL star after being drafted No. 1 overall in 2004 by the Washington Capitals. But his athletic ability isn't too surprising considering his mother won two Olympic gold medals playing basketball for the Soviet team in 1976 and 1980.
Most Americans really started to pay attention to Ryan during his stellar Olympic performance in Vancouver, backstopped the U.S. to a silver medal. When he's not playing for the Buffalo Sabres, you can also find him behind a camera as an amateur photographer who recently took shots of NHL players for an upcoming Vanity Fair article.
Tyler Seguin and Taylor Hall
Sure, they're rookies who haven't proven themselves in the NHL yet, but the No. 1 and No. 2 overall draft picks already have our attention. These two 18-year-olds hope to contribute to their new teams as soon as the season starts with Taylor in Edmonton and Tyler in Boston.
Daniel and Henrik both play for the Vancouver Canucks, showing off the hockey talent they honed while growing up in Sweden. And Henrik has taken his game a step farther -- in 2010, he won the Hart Trophy as the NHL's MVP and the Art Ross Trophy for being the league's leading scorer.
It's hard to believe Nicklas is 40 years old and still playing competitive hockey. But he's not just any hockey player. He's also the captain of the Detroit Red Wings, a four-time Stanley Cup winner and a six-time winner of the Norris Trophy as best defenseman in the league.
Don't turn your back on Patrick -- he's known as the prankster of the Blackhawks off the ice. He was also a well-deserved finalist for Victoria's Secret's sexiest Chicago athlete last year. But fans will have to admire him from afar -- the star defenseman got married this summer.
Jerome actually has six middle names -- including Elvis, which may be why he's such a rock star in hockey haven Calgary. Plus, he's a great guy off the ice. He married his high school sweetheart, has three kids, and donates $2,000 to charity for every goal he scores.