Hockey is such a consummate team game that players are encouraged to low-key their personalities to avoid calling attention to themselves and disrupting harmony on and off the ice. But sometimes a character just can’t be suppressed. Here are 20 of the NHL’s most colorful (for better or worse) players of the present and past.
A dynamic, charismatic and edgy performer, Alex Ovechkin also has a playful side. It was on display during the Breakaway Challenge competition at the 2009 All-Star Game in Montreal when he donned a beach hat with a Canadian flag on it and a pair of shades. Grabbing two sticks, one in each hand, he skated in on the goalie, shot and buried the rebound, then celebrated by tossing his hat and shades to the cheering crowd.