Revellers in the hockey stands take many forms, from the bandwagon jumper to the super-fan.
Although Canada’s climate is ideal for learning to carve ice, hockey fever transcends the Great White North. Celebrities across the globe don memorabilia, wave towels and holler “goal!” at a fever pitch. One A-list fan even lights candles in her personal team shrine and leaves offerings of money to the “Hockey Gods.” Now, that’s dedication.
Shania Twain proved her loyalty to Canadian teams at the 2003 Juno Awards, when the host donned four custom-designed dresses made to mimic the jerseys of the Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Edmonton Oilers and Toronto Maple Leafs.
That innate patriotism can also be seen in another homegrown talent, actor Jay Baruchel, who has beena big fan of the Montreal Canadiens for years. In 2013, the team made him an honorary captain, which isn’t a title that is given out to just anyone.
While Canadians make up some of the biggest hockey fans in the world, Alyssa Milano gives die-hards a run for their money. The 41-year-old actress has designed official Los Angeles Kings merchandise for the NHL and even has a Kings shrine in her home, erected year-round.
The Puck Princess and the Hockey Queen
Queen Elizabeth ceremonially dropped the puck in 2002 in a face-off between the Vancouver Canucks and San Jose Sharks, but the monarch’s roots run deeper than that.
In 1951, when she was still Princess Elizabeth, she dropped the puck at a Toronto Maple Leafs exhibition game.
But wait, there's more, so, so much more. Supermodel Linda Evangelista likes to root on the New York Rangers, Mike Myers is a devout Leafs fan and countless stars cheer in the stands for Hollywood's home team: the Los Angeles Kings.
Jake Gyllenhaal sought out a hockey game in Montreal while working on Source Codein 2010, while Victoriaand David Beckham make Los Angeles Kings games family outings when they’re in town. And, lest we forget, Leonardo DiCaprio is known to rep Hollywood at L.A.’s home games, think ringside seats with Entourage’s Kevin Connolly to see the Kings.
Find out who comes out for your favourite team in our gallery of NHL super-fans. And tune in to all your favourite games (a whopping 350 NHL matches across nine stations in Canada!) on Sportsnet, City, FX Canada and more.