I admire all the players. But if I had to pick one player, I’d say I’m partial to Ryan McDonagh of the Rangers, probably because I went to the University of Wisconsin with him. (There was actually an embarrassing incident in which I tipped over on a scooter in front of him. I had a big crush on him at the time, so it took me a little while to get over it.)
The amount of ice time he logs is incredible, and he stays sharp. I don’t know how he does it as a defenseman – he’s always got one of the forwards barreling down at him and he has to make a plan under pressure. They always say the smartest person on ice is a defenseman, and it’s so true. Also, did I mention I once had a crush on him?