cool people on team europe who are so cool even canadians couldn’t spend a winter with them
Pierre Edouard Bellemare – the frenchman may seem like obvious. and yes he was born in Paris but he didn’t grow up there. you know where he grew up? Martinique? You know where that is? The Caribbean. east of Puerto rico. and guess what? he’s fluent in swedish cause he played there until he was like 30 and now he’s in the world cup of hockey. This man is #cool.
Mikkel Boedker – He’s DANISH. He’s the highest drafted danish player in the NHL EVER and is on the cover of NHL10 in Denmark and Norway. He is certified Cool.
Leon Draisaitl – There’s plenty of Germans on team Europe but this one was drafted third overall and he’s the highest drafted german of all time. He also played his whole pre-2012 career in Germany instead of going off somewhere else to develop. Also his dad played 146 games for the german international team. This man was born Cool
Marian Gaborik – He’s far from the only slovak on the team. hell he’s not even the only Marian. He’s also The Wild’s all time leading scorer in goals and a stanley cup champion, which he won in 2014 with the LA kings who he was traded to earlier that year. Gaborik is lucky and Cool
Jannik Hansen – This guy’s also Danish but he was drafted 287th overall by the canucks in 2004 and this dude still made it to the WCH finals. Not to mention he was the first Danish guy to play in the NHL and score a point. Hansen is quietly cool
Marian Hossa – See i told you Gaborik was not the only Marian on this team. But this one has got a different cool story. Marian has been on 5 separate NHL teams, Ottawa, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Detroit and Chicago. Talk about frustrating, this guy has been to the stanley cup final 6 times and the first three he did not come away with a stanley cup. this man is persistent cool.
Anze Kopitar – The Captain, Kopitar became the first Slovenian born hockey player to play in the NHL in 2006 when he made his debut. He won the Selke and the Lady Byng. Not to mention he comes from a country with just 7 ice hockey rinks and they still got to the Olympics. Kopitar is polite cool.
Nino Niederreiter – Currently this Swizterland born player is with the Minnesota wild but because he was kicking it up in the second best hockey state that begins with M he was the highest drafted Swiss player to be drafted into the NHl by the New York Islanders. This kid is neutral cool.
Frans Nielsen – This guy is the first Danish citizen to play in the NHL. He’s known for being an islander but now this guy is in detroit. the third best state that begins with M. Nielsen is retro cool.
Tobias Rieder – This german was drafted in the 4th round by the Edmonton Oilers but now plays for the Arizona Coyotes. He also scored the fastest two shorthanded goals during the same penalty kill in 58 seconds. against, guess who? the edmonton oilers. Rieder is petty cool.
Tomas Tatar – Tatar is a cornerstone for the detroit redwings and now it seems team europe. But he’s a little more conniving than that cause this guy was drafted by the KHL and the NHL in the same year. And even tho he was drafted significantly higher up in the KHL draft he said “see ya” and ended up with the Wings. This guy is loyal cool.
Thomas Vanek – i know what you’re thinking, are you going to do the whole roster? please don’t it’s gonna be so long. and to that I say, Thomas Vanek is the highest draft Austrian of all time. Both of his parents were immigrants to Austria and when he was 14 he moved to the US for highschool. This man is “i’m still going” cool.
Mats Zuccarello – Zucc is the only norwegian on Team Europe and the only good player on the Rangers. Before he even made it to the NHL he was winning MVP trophies in other leagues. Zuccarello is valuable cool.
Zdeno Chara – I don’t even have to read the first paragraph of his wiki page to do this one. He’s the tallest man ever to play in the NHL. He has the A for team Europe and the C for the Boston Bruins. This man is probably your dad and he was the first captain born and raised in the iron curtain to win the stanley cup. This man is cool dad cool.
Christian Ehrhoff – Not only is he the one player of team europe without an NHL club he also has the canadian phrase “eh” in part of his name which he uses to taunt Team Canada. Or he should. He’s been on 6 teams including the president’s trophy winners the 2011 Vancouver Canucks. “Eh”rhoff is more canadian than you cool.
Roman Josi – he’s the hottest one on Team europe, let’s just get that out of the way. He was in the 2016 all star game and he’s the A for the nashville predators. His ex Shea Weber is on team canada and he’s “You’ll Never Get Over me” cool.
Luca Sbisa – Luca is a swiss player but even cooler this man was born in Italy. He moved to switzerland when he was 1 where he decided he wanted to be a hockey player. He also knows 4 languages: English, German, Italian and French. He’s educated cool.
Dennis Seidenberg – Seidenberg may be the angriest, scariest member of Team Europe and yet he has a dog named Bubbles Lollipop. Dennis just signed with the New York Islanders but he’s a Boston favorite (the first best hockey state beginning with M). He’s nicknamed the german hammer and he’s tough cool.
Andrej Sekera – Sekera was born 4 days before me…and 10 years before me. He was drafted in the third round by the buffalo sabres but now he plays for the oilers. I don’t know what else to say about him but he’s still reliable cool.
Mark Streit – This guy is an alternate captain for Europe and the Flyers. He’s also one of the only guys in the NHL who can play both forward and defense. before he was on the flyers he was the captain of the New York Islanders and in Switzerland he was on the cover of the NHL games from 08-11 before Jonas Hiller took over in 2012.
Thomas Greiss – in 2006 Greiss was the youngest goaltender at the winter olympics at the age of 20. this guy went from AHL to swiss league to NHL Playoffs with the san jose sharks. Now he’s on the New York Islanders and this guy is Mr. World Wide cool.
Philipp Grubauer – Another german goaltender. Philipp is the back up on the washington capitals behind Braden Holtby. despite this in 2015 he was the first german goaltender to start a playoff game. in 2010 he also won the Memorial Cup with the windsor spitfires. This guy is backup cool
Jaroslav Halak – The only non-german goaltender on Team Europe, Halak has quite a history wiht the canadian team. After beating Carey Price out for the starting position on the MOntreal Canadiens he was then traded away. Most fans thought Price should have gone instead and now they are facing of, head to head. He was born Czechoslovakia which doesn’t even exist anymore. He represents the slovakia team in international play. This guy is legendary cool.