Most of the time when you come to Blue Seat Blogs, you can expect to read smart analysis and commentary from our staff of knowledgeable writers. This post is a little different.
Three years ago I put together the first edition of this series and it has since become an annual tradition to scour the internet for the funniest, most ridiculous photos, videos, GIFs and so on of the men that will proudly wear the Rangers uniform that season.
I think it’s a good way to provide a little human connection with each player before we scrutinize their every move on the ice when the games start. I hope you enjoy scrolling through this as much as I did compiling it.
J.T. Miller – #10
Kevin Hayes – #13
— Kevin Hayes (@KevinPHayes12) October 29, 2012
Hayes practicing his Call of Duty skills has been a staple of this post – until I found the above photo of Hayes with BC teammates Bill Arnold and Steven Whitney. Hayes has no shame – as seen in these dab pushups, this Rihanna karaoke, this Mugatu costume and this epic bucket hat (with a Chris Kreider cameo!). Oh, and don’t miss this photo of little Kevin!
Jesper Fast – #17
Fast and his girlfriend appear to take Halloween VERY seriously.
Marc Staal – #18
No – I don’t know where this is from and yes – I wish I did. Some of you may also enjoy 10 full minutes of #staalsarebrothers.
Chris Kreider – #20
Kevin Shattenkirk – #22
My original plan for Shatty was just to compile quotes about how excited he was to join the Rangers, but there was just so much other stuff to choose from. In the end, the classic pink bunny costume won out over Shattenkirk giving a tour of his BU dorm with Nick Bonino and Joe Pereira, his stellar dance moves, the inexplicable “horny” quote, and whatever this is.
Jimmy Vesey – #26
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) July 28, 2017
Ryan McDonagh – #27
McD is a pretty private guy, but he definitely loves being a father. I also still love the outtakes for this RangersTown commercial.
Paul Carey – #28
If you don’t know what the Teddy Bear Toss is, check this out.
Henrik Lundqvist – #30
Ondrej Pavelec – #31
I can’t embed the clip, but this video of Pavelec climbing a hill in full gear to raise money for charity (or something?) while with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles is the real winner. There’s also a Part 2.
Mats Zuccarello – #36
— Kevin Hayes (@KevinPHayes12) January 7, 2015
There are countless classic Zuke moments out there, but him riding a carousel still holds up as my favorite. Here are some more: Zuke mic’d up at the Rangers golf tournament, as a dolphin, as an adorable kid, as an adorable kid with Peter Forsberg, with the best hairdo ever, as a Ninja Turtle, and so on. Also, here’s an honorable mention to Patrick Thoresen’s incredible impression of Zuke.
Michael Grabner – #40
— Michael Grabner (@grabs40) June 6, 2013
A surprising amount to choose from for Grabner, who made a ton of videos with the NHLPA back in the day, hit the slip ‘n slide with his son, did a trick shot challenge vs. Leo Komarov, does a bunch of wild workout routines and rocked a truly ridiculous Movember mustache – but this is one of the greatest draft day photos in recent memory. Grabner’s entire Twitter feed is also incredible, but his Khal Drogo costume pales in comparison to…
Brendan Smith – #42
Smith as Khal Drogo is priceless, but he also has a slew of choices that fall squarely in the ‘adorable’ category including this childhood pic with brother Reilly, one of many photo shoots with his dog, this victory pose, and this swoon-worthy smile.
Steven Kampfer – #47
David Desharnais – #51
There’s no context to this video, but that kind of makes it even better. Desharnais also makes a very convincing Joker, enjoys gnawing on his hockey stick, is apparently a fan of the wrestler Kane, and once got pinned against the boards by Erik Karlsson in hilarious fashion. He’s also quite the handshake aficionado.
Nick Holden – #55
Rick Nash – #61
Filip Chytil – #72
I’m sure there will be plenty of gems as Chytil’s stardom grows, but for now we’ll have to take this sign of things to come. See what I did there?
Brady Skjei – #76
Tony DeAngelo – #77
DeAngelo as Ben Stiller’s nurse character from Happy Gilmore was an easy pick – but check out this inside look at his draft day, too.
Pavel Buchnevich – #89
Pavel Buchnevich’s offseason is going well… pic.twitter.com/rM1DRVLnk8
— Alex Nunn (@aj_ranger) July 2, 2017
There were a ton of contenders for Buchnevich, but I feel like this is him a nutshell. He also has a real thirst for adventure, an appreciation for animals and knows how to rock a tux and Halloween costume. I also am fond of his bromance with Chris Kreider.
Mika Zibanejad – #93
I planned to give Z-Bad has due for being a legit DJ, but this was impossible to resist (for the record, that’s David Rundblad, Erik Karlsson and Mika). In fact, Zibanejad seems to enjoy dressing up – whether it’s for Halloween or simply to impress. He also loves dolphins, babysitting and dogs. And then there’s this.
Coach Alain Vigneault
This will ALWAYS be my favorite Vigneault moment, but even though we know him as a happy and mild-mannered guy – Vigneault can occasionally be set off. In fact, he perfected the art of the body slam during his playing days. Vigneault also used to rock a killer ‘stache.
Drop links to whatever I missed in the comments!