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The Most Likable Players In The NHL Today 

Aaron Hager
February 13, 2020 986 votes 61 voters 50 items

List Rules Vote up the players you just can't seem to hate.

The most likable NHL players are a mix of superstars and role players. Some players become popular with fans and teammates by scoring huge point totals and helping their teams win, while others gain the respect of other hockey players and viewers at home with their strong work ethic and dedication to the game.

Players like Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin are among the most famous and loved players in the game, while also earning a reputation as being among the nicest players in the league. Meanwhile, younger, up-and-coming stars like Jack Eichel and Auston Matthews are earning reputations for their talent and becoming fan favorites as some of the most likable guys in the NHL.

So check out this list of the most liked players in the NHL today, and vote up the players you love to watch play the game and appreciate both on and off the ice.

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Sidney Crosby is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Likable Players In The NHL Today

Pittsburgh Penguins

Sidney Patrick Crosby (born August 7, 1987) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player who serves as captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL). Nicknamed "Sid ...more

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Connor McDavid is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Likable Players In The NHL Today

Edmonton Oilers

Connor McDavid (born January 13, 1997) is a Canadian professional ice hockey center and captain for the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League (NHL). Considered to be the best player in ...more

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#1,618 of 2,198 The Best Athletes Of All Time #6 of 199 The Best Current NHL Players

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Brent Burns is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Likable Players In The NHL Today
Brent Burns

San Jose Sharks

Brent Burns (born March 9, 1985) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman, who at times has been utilized as a forward, currently playing for the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey ...more

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#229 of 497 The Best NHL Players of All Time #24 of 199 The Best Current NHL Players

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Alexander Ovechkin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Likable Players In The NHL Today

Washington Capitals

Alexander Mikhailovich Ovechkin (Russian: Александр Михайлович Овечкин, IPA: [ɐlʲɪˈksandr ɐˈvʲetɕkʲɪn]; born September 17, 1985), often referred to as "Ovi" or "the Great ...more

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Evgeni Malkin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Likable Players In The NHL Today

Pittsburgh Penguins

Evgeni Vladimirovich Malkin (Russian: Евге́ний Влади́мирович Ма́лкин, IPA: [jɪvˈɡʲenʲɪj ˈmaɫkʲɪn]; born 31 July 1986), nicknamed "Geno", is a Russian professional ice hockey centre and ...more

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#4 of 64 The Greatest Russian Players in NHL History #107 of 202 The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018

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Joe Thornton is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Likable Players In The NHL Today

San Jose Sharks

Joseph Eric Thornton (born July 2, 1979) is a Canadian-American professional ice hockey centre who is a free agent. He was selected first overall by the Boston Bruins in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft ...more

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Patrick Kane is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Likable Players In The NHL Today

Chicago Blackhawks

Patrick Timothy Kane II (born November 19, 1988) is an American professional ice hockey right winger for the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Blackhawks selected him ...more

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Marc-André Fleury... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Likable Players In The NHL Today

Vegas Golden Knights

Marc-André Fleury (born November 28, 1984) is a French-Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender playing for the Vegas Golden Knights of the National Hockey League (NHL). Drafted out of ...more

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Nikita Kucherov is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Likable Players In The NHL Today
Nikita Kucherov

Tampa Bay Lightning

Nikita Igorevich Kucherov (Russian: Никита Игоревич Кучеров; born 17 June 1993) is a Russian professional ice hockey right winger for the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League (NHL). ...more

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#248 of 497 The Best NHL Players of All Time #11 of 64 The Greatest Russian Players in NHL History

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Steven Stamkos is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Likable Players In The NHL Today

Tampa Bay Lightning

Steven Stamkos (born February 7, 1990) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player and captain for the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League (NHL). Stamkos was the first overall ...more

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Henrik Lundqvist is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Likable Players In The NHL Today

New York Rangers

Henrik Lundqvist (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈhɛnːrɪk ²lɵnːdkvɪst]; born 2 March 1982) is a Swedish professional ice hockey goaltender for the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League ...more

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Erik Karlsson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Likable Players In The NHL Today

San Jose Sharks

Erik Sven Gunnar Karlsson (pronounced [²eːrɪk ˈkɑːɭsɔn]; born 31 May 1990) is a Swedish professional ice hockey defenceman for the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League (NHL). ...more

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#53 of 497 The Best NHL Players of All Time #18 of 119 The Best Defensemen in NHL History

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Tyler Seguin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Likable Players In The NHL Today
Tyler Seguin

Dallas Stars

Tyler Paul Seguin (born January 31, 1992) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre, currently an alternate captain for the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League (NHL). Seguin was ...more

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Drew Doughty is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Likable Players In The NHL Today

Los Angeles Kings

Drew Doughty (born December 8, 1989) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman and current alternate captain of the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected ...more

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#93 of 497 The Best NHL Players of All Time #22 of 119 The Best Defensemen in NHL History

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Taylor Hall is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Likable Players In The NHL Today

Arizona Coyotes

Taylor Strba Hall (born November 14, 1991) is a Canadian professional ice hockey left winger and alternate captain for the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was the first ...more

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#171 of 497 The Best NHL Players of All Time #15 of 99 The Greatest Edmonton Oilers of All Time

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Anže Kopitar is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Likable Players In The NHL Today

Los Angeles Kings

Anže Kopitar (pronounced [anˈʒɛ kɔˈpiːtaɾ], born 24 August 1987) is a Slovenian professional ice hockey centre serving as captain of the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League (NHL). ...more
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Jonathan Toews is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Likable Players In The NHL Today

Chicago Blackhawks

Jonathan Bryan Toews ( TAYVZ; born April 29, 1988) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre who currently serves as captain of the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL). ...more

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#85 of 497 The Best NHL Players of All Time #15 of 199 The Best Current NHL Players

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Victor Hedman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Likable Players In The NHL Today

Tampa Bay Lightning

Victor Erik Olof Hedman (pronounced [ˈvɪkːtɔr ˈheːdman]; born 18 December 1990) is a Swedish professional ice hockey defenceman, an alternate captain for the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National ...more

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#61 of 119 The Best Defensemen in NHL History #34 of 199 The Best Current NHL Players

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Johnny Gaudreau is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Likable Players In The NHL Today

Calgary Flames

John Michael "Johnny" Gaudreau is an American ice hockey player who is currently playing for the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League. He played with the Division I's Boston ...more

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#313 of 497 The Best NHL Players of All Time #25 of 199 The Best Current NHL Players

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Patrick Marleau is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Likable Players In The NHL Today

San Jose Sharks

Patrick Denis Marleau (born September 15, 1979) is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward who is currently an unrestricted free agent. He previously played for the San Jose Sharks from 1997 ...more

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#223 of 497 The Best NHL Players of All Time #79 of 199 The Best Current NHL Players

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Nathan MacKinnon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Likable Players In The NHL Today

Colorado Avalanche

Nathan Raymond MacKinnon (born September 1, 1995) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre and alternate captain of the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League (NHL). MacKinnon was ...more

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#231 of 497 The Best NHL Players of All Time #4 of 199 The Best Current NHL Players

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Jamie Benn is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Likable Players In The NHL Today
Jamie Benn

Dallas Stars

Jamie Randolph Benn (born July 18, 1989) is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward who currently serves as captain of the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League (NHL). Benn played his ...more

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John Tavares is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Likable Players In The NHL Today

Toronto Maple Leafs

John Tavares (born September 20, 1990) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre and an alternate captain for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected ...more

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Auston Matthews is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Likable Players In The NHL Today

Toronto Maple Leafs

Auston Matthews (born September 17, 1997) is an American professional ice hockey player for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL). Previously, Matthews played for the U.S. ...more
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Carey Price is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Likable Players In The NHL Today

Montreal Canadiens

Carey Price (born August 16, 1987) is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender who plays for the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League (NHL). He is considered to be one of the ...more

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