What players do you find most entertaining?

Hockey is entertainment. You go to games hoping to leave with a smile on your face. You smile when your team scores, when your goalie makes a great save, and you smile when something out of the ordinary happens, say for instance your favorite player attacks a mascot.
As much as some of us don’t want to admit it, we all get up and cheer when there’s a fight on the ice. Two guys beating each other senceless appeals to our more base instincts.

But I like it when a player goes out of his way to make the game more fun, even if it’s not his intention to do so. Going a few rounds with a mascot (Fleury) Making chicken gestures (Fleury again) or beating a fat guy who dives into the penalty box senceless (Domi).

Who are those guys who make the game more enjoyable for you. Not necessaraly with great plays, but they none the less give you the same feeling walking to your car.

Here’s my top five most entertaining players…

5. Tie Domi (love him or hate him when he’s on the ice something / anything is always about to happen)

4. Mathew Barnaby (as big a douchebag as he is, he makes you laugh with the way he makes an ass out of himself)

3. Garth Snow (yea I know he’s just a backup goalie, but he always seems ready to explode, learned how to be a lunatic from the best Ron Hextall)

2. P.J. Stock (Guys always fun to watch fight, will drop the gloves with anyone no matter how much they tower over him, and is such a smart ass too)

1. Theo Fleury (Wether he’s beating a mascot, doing the chicken dance, or agitating opponents, hew always brings a smile to my face)

So who are your most entertaining / goofy players. And give any instances where a player did something to make you laugh your head off.

41 Responses to What players do you find most entertaining?

  1. Sundinfan says:

    i like watching avs games with parker and brashear going at it. but after brashear went to the flyers, well it hasnt been the same. parker wants to kick his ass from the get go, but brashear just is there to play hockey! who wouldve thought a goon would wanna play hockey? ok ok, he does put up points on occasion

  2. canuckgirl says:

    i think that todd bertuzzi is really entertaining, he is a player who is big but also fast he can pull down players easily and is great goal scorer but will also entertain the fans by getting into fights! i dont think u find many players like this!

  3. McCabe_24 says:

    I pretty much agree with titans on that list….but i would put one more that stands out in my mind…Dennis Bonvie…he was beaten a bunch but threw some good shots himself….and he always had time for the crowd.

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  5. mikster says:

    I can’t complain when Barnaby is on my team.

  6. big_booty says:

    Now THAT’S comedy!

  7. big_booty says:

    Hextall – Anyone else remember when he tried to decapitate Chris Chelios? What a great day in hockey that was.

    Sandy McCarthy – Speaking of chicken dances, I happen to remember a certain Leafs forward refusing to go at it with him. I believe that he asked Santa Coatesy for a Tie Domi doll, the kind that skates away when you wind it up.

    Peter Worrell – Father, forgive me. I like to watch this guy beat the living piss out of people.

    Todd Fedoruk – Ditto.

    Patrice Brisebois – I don’t know what it is, I like it when this guy gets spun around more times than a midtown subway turnstyle. I have to laugh at that, and at the way the Hab fans both love AND hate him at the same time.

  8. YingYan says:

    A funny one and not the kind of entertainment we’re used to with Mario.

    I think it was Mario’s last run before retiring and the Pens were up against the Panthers who lost their 4 final games vs Avalanche.

    Anyway Mario comes up to Bryan Scrdudland who is a very religious dude and kind of viewed Mario as the beast or something, he really didn’t like him but when Mario faced him and said ‘BOOH!’ Scrudland actually jumped! and was really affected like he must have tought Lemieux wanted to possess him or something, the face of Bryan was PURE entertainment for a sec. or two. that’s called intimidation!


    (Mario mixed with Domi-like stories huh? LOL!)

  9. NewYorkRangers says:

    Theo Fleury would be my #1 choice too. As much as he pissed me, and probably most Rangers fans, off he was still fun to watch. You never know what he would do night in and night out. Same with Domi, Barnaby,and Stock, a lot of fun to watch.

    I also find Patrick Roy fun to watch. Especially when he comes out to play the puck.

    Good picks, titans.

  10. mikster says:

    I was enjoying when Primeau beat up Ulanov as a Panther. That was one funny fight. Buccigross made it funny too.

  11. NYR88Express says:

    i agree with Titans, Fleury is very entertaining

    but skill wise, Pavel Bure and Jagr are entertaining…when they have the puck, everyone is out of their seats…and Bure on a breakaway?! wow

  12. UltimateB says:

    I love to watch Pavel Datsyuk. He’s either amazing, and I love it, or making an awful play, and I hate it. Just fun to watch.

    Another few guys that are great to watch are Detroit’s Grind Line. Seeing how these guys cycle a puck down low is a thing of beauty.

    A final pick is Todd Bertuzzi. I gained a real appreciation for him in the playoffs. The strength that he shows is just amazing.

  13. NewYorkRangers says:

    except for when Richter stuffs him. But those are the old days.

    Chris Drury is also very exciting to watch. When he gets the puck, he’s a magician with it.

  14. NYR88Express says:

    so is Mario Lemieux, Fedorov, Sakic, and Forsberg

  15. NYR88Express says:

    yeaa!! Ulanov punched Primeau ONCE and then Primeau punched him in the face FOURTEEN 14 times

    that was beaaaaaaautiful

  16. NewYorkRangers says:

    of course, I’m just a big Drury fan, that’s why I mentioned him, instead of the normal superstars.

  17. Habfan1234 says:

    In the next few years the most exciting player to watch skill wise will be Ilya Kovalchuk. This kid is gonna be the best player in the NHL for years to come.

    For just pure entertainment value look no further then Theo Fleury. A few other players that are entertaining to watch are Steve Webb of the Isles, P.J. Stock (Don’t know why Montreal gave up on him) who is a good fourth line player that is fearles. P.J. Stock would have been the answer to the toughness that Montreal lacked. Two other players that I enjoy watching are St.Louis’ Tyson Nash (a real pain in the a$$) and Matt Cooke who hits anything and everything in site.

  18. jfresh says:

    Kovalev, Bure, Afinogenov, Kloucek, Kasparaitis, Irbe, Richter, Theodore

  19. r_milley says:

    Darcy Tucker, Mike Peca, Darren Mccarty, Adam Deadmarsh, Todd Bertuzzi to name a few. Love the way they all play and if they’re on the ice i’m paying closer attention usually.

  20. puma777 says:

    Matt Cooke for the Vancouver Nux

    Man he just pisses the hell outa everyone on the opposing team

    And Brashear, he’s a fan favourite kinda guy

  21. Canucks_Info_Man says:

    He stopped fighting on the Canucks, a bit before he got traded. He thinks he’s a goal scorer now.

  22. Canucks_Info_Man says:

    No he WAS a fan favorite kinda guy 😉

  23. Canucks_Info_Man says:

    Todd Bertuzzi, whoever leaves him out of their list probably hasn’t watched him 😉 or the plays of the day because he makes em almost every night 😉

    He holds off the D with one arm and stick handles with the other arm and manages to score

    and did you see how he jumped off the bench to help a teammate.. that was quite entertaining

    Oh and how about the time he played soccer with the puck.. he brought it from the corner all the way to the net with just his skates and them kicked it past Roy.. lol too bad it didn’t count 😉

    He’s a hard hitter and a goal scorer, gotta love him 🙂

  24. chewy says:

    Most entertaining and favorite player are all the same, Theo Fleury, actually an idle of mine(whats that say about me eh!!!) . Favorite was scoring a goal, and the show after, paddling a canoe while throwing his glove in the air and using his stick as a rifle to shot it down. Very entertaining player, glad you think so to Titan’s. I gained some respect for you!!!!

  25. Heinzee57 says:

    About 2-3 years ago, NYR at BOS…..

    40 feet behind the play, Jason Allison heads back to his end…. Slowly a doubled over Theo Fleury drifts toward Alli and takes him out at the knees…

    They both get up, Allison levels him… I don’t know what makes Fleury do the things he does, but he’s entertaining.

    Are far as skill goes…. Sergei Samsonov. The between his own legs, top shelf goal vs. PHI was unbelievable.


  26. yzerdan says:

    When Sergei Fedorov is on his game he is pure entertainment……he can control the flow of the game and create his own opportunities with his speed and finess. Watching him back-check, steal the puck and take it down for an opportunity of his own really can spark a team and change the flow of the game.

  27. rrudd says:

    yeah, i always laugh when roy comes out to play a puck and it ALWAYS ends up in the net.

    then he does a staute of liberty, blames his teammates for not working hard enough, and goes home to beat his wife in a drunken stupor.

  28. Coldwar says:

    It has to be the fight with Darren McCarty and Claude Lemieux and Chris Osgood and Patrick Roy and Brendan Shanahan, etc, etc, etc.

    It was after the next Wings v. Avs game after the dreaded hit by Lemieux on Draper. McCarty Just F#cking Pummeled Lemieux. Roy scrambled to help and Shanahan dove at Roy and tackled him. Then the wings Goalie Skated down and had it out w/ Roy. Then just about everyone jumped into it at the end. The ice was littered with gloves, helmets, sticks and blood. The Way a Hockey Game Should Be.

  29. Robert says:

    for me i find mogilney, ever so often he does some spiffy pass through his legs gets a break away, or a fancy drop pass, i never seen him score on one of those plays but still, leaves me on the edge od my seat.

    also Darcy Tucker, every one goes after him so much he gets hards checks hear and there, and is fun watching him get up and shake off the pain like nothing happened.

  30. Robert says:

    also drury does a nice deke in every coule games, i never watched games with him i9n them too often, but replays seem to be on the highligh of the night all too often.

  31. bruinsfan12 says:

    PJ Stock is one of my favorites. Does anybody remember that fight last season, he was fighting some guy who I don’t remember, and they were both throwing hard good punches back and forth for like 2 minutes straight. It was on ESPN Highlights for a while. And then of course, after the fights, PJ’s wave to the crowd. It’s even more entertaining when he waves to a crowd that isn’t the Fleet Center.

    Sergei Samsonov is also one of the most entertaining players to watch. He has the best moves, such as that between the legs goal in Philly. There was another great move that I think was during the playoffs, I can’t really explain it but he passed it to himself and it was such a pretty play. Of course he makes a lot of those great plays, I love the guy.

  32. chewy says:

    If you are looking at fights, Tie Domi and Bob Probert used to have some of the most entertaining fights, and the look on Domi’s face after a fight is priceless. But best fight of all times is Bob Probert and Craig Coxe of Vancouver, man o man, it was a 6 minute tussle, and both players just colapsed after it.

  33. benji_ch says:

    I have to say i really like watchin Gino Odjick playing for the Habs. He’s not only entertaining on the ice, but also off it. He’s alsways making jokes with the media and it’s really funny that a tough guy on the ice can be such a funny and likeable guy off it. And on the ice, this guy can barely skate and asks for more ice time. haha. And wether he’s taunting people and grabbing them buy the nose before he starts a fight (remember Stock vs. Odjick in the habs bruins series) or fighting with one glove on (ok his hand was injured, but it was still funny), Gino is really fun(ny) to watch.

  34. Linden16 says:

    I’ll be honest, I’m a Canucks fan. Having said that, I have the obvious preference for Bertuzzi/Naslund etc. Brashear used to be on my list too.

    In addition to my favorite team picks, I have a number of players that I love to watch play from night to night.

    Sergei Samsonov was already mentioned above, and I’ve always enjoyed Bill Guerin’s game(I preferred the Edmonton days b/c of the game the Oilers play).

    Aside from forwards, I really like Ed Jovanovski’s game (another Canuck) because you never know when he is going to fail to get back on defense after jumping up in the offense.

    But Goalies are who I really think can make a game interesting. I really like to watch Roberto Luongo because of his athleticism and Martin Brodeur because of his level head and awesome stickhandling abilities.

    The most interesting thing about goalies to me is that I look more forward to watching goalies that I hate than those that I like. I hold a hatred for both Roy and Hasek, but the fact that I want nothing more than to see such characters get beaten like rented mules makes their team’s games more appealing to me.

  35. bones says:

    Belfour and Roy. THey’ve gotta be the most entertaining goalies to watch. Short tempers and you can just see it every time they touch the puck they wanna join the rush.

  36. ozonelayer says:

    I think that fight was against Stephen Peat of the Caps. A real rock em sock em robots bout.

  37. puckedinthehead says:

    Patrick Roy. When he hold his glove high to make a routine save look awesome…….too bad about that one in this years playoffs,”BA-HAAWWW!!!’ maybe he should make sure the pucks in his glove before he turns on the drama.

  38. titans says:

    Samsonov is GOD!!

  39. Freeze says:

    I’m still laughing!!!

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