Celebrities Who Love Hockey
Although there are now several professional hockey leagues spread out across the world, the NHL is still generally regarded to be the best of the bunch. It’s always been natural for Canadians to gravitate to the sport and the league and since the 1980s it’s also become more popular with Americans. The game attracts fans from all walks of life including the rich and famous. It’s not uncommon to see celebrities supporting their local NHL teams at rinks across North America especially with teams in markets such as New York, Los Angeles and Toronto. Some of these famous fans are glad to rub shoulders while sitting in the stands while others prefer their to shield privacy by slumming it in luxury suites.
Celebrity NHL fans include men and women of all ages and include actors, musicians, and fellow athletes. Many of these fans played the game as kids and some of them still lace up the skates on a regular basis. Some celebrities are quite visible as they participate in marketing promotions for their favourite clubs and others often hold hockey games to raise money for charities. While some celebrities became fans after dating or marrying NHL players, others are simply supporters due to their love of hockey. Below is the list of the top 15 celebrity NHL fans.
There are many others who didn’t make the list but deserve to be mentioned. These include Matthew Perry, Tom Hanks, Metallica, Carrie Underwood, Elisha Cuthbert, Michael J. Fox, Christie Brinkley, Shania Twain, David Beckham, Leonardo Di Caprio, Kevin James, Michael Buble, Keanu Reeves, Will Arnett, Will Ferrell, Gord Downie, Jim Cuddy, Cuba Gooding Jr., John Cusack, Anne Murray, Mark Wahlberg, Larry King, Alyssa Milano, Sylvester Stallone, Snoop Dogg, Emilio Estevez, Steve Carell, Kiefer Sutherland, Jim Belushi, Stephen Colbert, Kid Rock, Gene Simmons, William Shatner, Taylor Swift, Joe Piscopo, Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban, Ralph Macchio, John McEnroe,, Jimmy Fallon, Tracey Morgan, John Goodman, Ozzy Osbourne, Hulk Hogan, Drake, Steve Nash, Burton Cummings and Chris Jericho. We may also be able to add legendary English singer Rod Stewart to this list soon as his son Liam Stewart currently plays for the Alaska Aces of the ECHL and although it’s a long shot, he could one day be skating for an NHL team.
Here are the Top 15 Celebrities Who Love Hockey
Yes, unfortunately Justin Bieber is known to be quite a hockey fan. The bubblegum singer played the game while growing up in Stratford, Ontario. But while he’s skated with the Toronto Maple Leafs in the past he’s known to cheer on just about anybody. Bieber enraged Chicago Blackhawks’ fans back in July of 2013 when he stepped on the club’s logo in the dressing room while taking a photo of the Stanley Cup and then touching it. Many fans got their revenge by standing on a giant photo of Bieber’s face. Hockey fans can take solace in the fact that Bieber also shows up at NBA basketball games and in one of sports truly odd-couple pairings, hangs around with undefeated boxing bad boy Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Canadian comedian Howie Mandel is one of many funny men who have an affinity for NHL hockey. The 60-year-year-old Mandel is a Toronto Maple Leafs fan, but since he hasn’t had a chance to celebrate a Stanley Cup victory since 1967 he’s been photographed with the famous trophy at his home before old age sets in. Mandel has made several movies in the past, but is perhaps best known for hosting the “Deal or no Deal” game show. The actorcomedian said he was amazed there were several spelling mistakes on the Cup, such as the 1963 engraving of the Toronto Maple Leaes.
Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russel
Actress Goldie Hawn and her partner Kurt Russell have been together for more than 30 years now and one of the passions they share is NHL hockey. The pair can often be seen at Los Angeles Kings games and have spent a day with the Stanley Cup at their Malibu home in the past. Russell got his acting start with the Disney studios as a kid, but also made it as far as the minor leagues as a pro baseball player. Hockey fans may also remember him starring as former American hockey coach Herb Brooks in the 2004 movie Miracle. Hawn made a name for herself on the old Rowan and Martin’s Laugh In comedy show and has also starred in several movies. The couple’s 29-year-old son Wyatt Russell played in net in junior hockey in Canada as well as in the USHL with the Chicago Steel and over in Holland. But like his mum and dad, he’s now turned to a career in acting.
Actor Russell Crowe may have been born in New Zealand and brought up in Australia, but he became a big hockey fan after heading to the U.S. to film a movie in 1995. The 51-year-old laced up the skates himself a few years later when he played a hockey-playing sheriff in the movie Mystery, Alaska. Crowe has admitted he’s a fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs and has said he’d get just as much enjoyment holding the Stanley Cup as he does from gripping the best-actor Oscar he won in 2000 for the movie Gladiator. However, like many Leafs fans, Crowe may be getting tired of waiting for the team to make an appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals and has admitted to also being a fan of the Pittsburgh Penguins after meeting Ron Francs and Jaromir Jagr when preparing for his Mystery, Alaska movie role.
Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins
Movie star Tim Robbins and his former Oscar-winning girlfriend Susan Sarandon are both big New York Rangers fans and used to enjoy taking in games together at Madison Square Garden. The pair met back in 1988 on the set of the baseball movie Bull Durham but split up in 2009. However, they still share their love for hockey. Robbins has also been known to play in several charity games and was once quoted as saying, “I like crunching people into the boards and stuff. It’s a healthy way to get rid of that thing that’s in all of us, this violence, y’know. We’ve got it in us.”
Who can forget Adam Sandler’s hockey-loving, golfer character Happy Gilmore The American actorcomedian was born in Brooklyn and has spent a lot of time in Los Angeles, but his favourite team is still the Boston Bruins. Sandler spent a lot of a time as a youth in Manchester, New Hampshire and his affection for the Bruins was born there. However, Sandler was also seen wearing a New York Rangers jersey in the movie Big Daddy and is a well-known New York Jets and Yankees fan. Boston fans seem to forgive him for his split allegiance though.
Entertainer Kevin Smith is a jack of all trades as he’s an actor, director, podcaster, comedian, public speaker, and comic-book writer. The 45-year-old is perhaps best known for his role as Silent Bob. Smith was born in Red Bank, New Jersey and is a big Devils supporter, but he’s also been a longtime fan of the Edmonton Oilers. Smith’s mother used to work for the Devils team doctor years ago and would bring home autographed sticks and other items for her boy. Smith has also been known to enter ball hockey teams in charity street tournaments around North America, including Brantford, Ontario, the birth place of Wayne Gretzky. There’s also a common hockey thread in many of his movies.