The Great One once said “You miss 100% of the shots you never take,” and newcomer Damien Brunner sure seems to take that to heart. Two of Brunner’s greatest assets are that he isn’t scared to shoot the puck and he keeps trying until the very end (and it doesn’t hurt to have an amazing set of hands to go along with his persistance).
He had 2 goals and 2 assists in Sunday evening’s spanking of the Vancouver Canucks. He also has a team-leading 66 shots on goal this season, a 15.2 shooting percentage, and leads the team with 10 goals.
Here are a couple clips that demonstrate his awesomeness:
This Datsyuk-esque airhook goal is jaw dropping:
Now watch him dangle…
His chemistry with Zetterberg is incredible (he has assisted 7 of Brunner’s 10 goals), and their bromance is adorable. The captain always looks so proud of his rookie.
I can assure you that there’s much more to come. And for those of you who think Ken Holland would ever let this gem go…tsk tsk.
stats from redwings.nhl.com
It’s a great day today! Love is in the air… The Wings have the opportunity to set a new NHL record for most consecutive home wins when they play Dallas tonight (get’er done boys). To spice up your Valentine’s Day and hold you off until 7:30 I’ve put together a list of the top 15 hottest NHL wives. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so before you begin, agree to disagree…and enjoy.
15. Tammy (Plante) Horton
This Canadian beauty is the wife of Boston Bruin’s right winger Nathan Horton. She’s been in Playboy a few times… so you might be a little more familiar with her than I am.
14. Abby Malone
Abby and Ryan Malone (Tampa Bay Lighting) had quite the risque wedding photographer. Thank god she looks DAMN GOOD in a thong because her ass is all over the internet.
13. Josephine Johansson
Josephine is the wife of retired Swedish NHL superstar Mats Sundin. He was the first overall pick in 1989 and went on to set numerous franchise and league records during his career.
12. Janet Jones
Yep… that’s Mrs. Wayne Gretzky in the March 1987 issue of Playboy. The two married the following year and the rest is history. RAWR.
11. Noureen DeWulf
This 2007 Maxim Hot 100 “hottie” is the wife of Michigan State alum/Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller. She has been in a number of magazines and is an actress on the small and big screen (Outsourced, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past).
10. Gena Lee Nolin
Gena is married to Cale Hulse, a retired Canadian NHLer. She started off her acting/modeling career as one of Barker’s Beauties on The Price is Right, but apparently the price was wrong bitch!! (hehe). Gena then scored a huge role in one of my favorite television shows of all time–Baywatch. Like others on this list, she too
spread her legs had a spread in Playboy (2001).
9. Piritta Hannula
Piritta, wife of Niklas Hagman, is a model (obviously) and Miss Finland 2004. The two Finns have been married since 2006.
8. Willa Ford
Although her hubby, Mike Modano, only made a brief appearance here in Hockeytown, I’m a big fan of his and his wife. Not only is she a very talented musical artist (I WANNA BE BAD!), but has been in movies, on reality tv shows, and in Playboy!
7. Melanie Collins
I know, I know… Melanie Collins and Scottie Upshall aren’t married (yet). But I figured I could make an exception for a fellow *Tempe 12* alum! She definitely deserves a spot on this list, especially since there’s a good chance her and Scottie have been dating longer than some of the married couples on here.
6. Hilary Duff
Duff’s hubby, Mike Comrie, sadly retired yesterday at the age of 31. They got hitched in 2010 and are expecting their first baby. Comrie is one lucky bastard.
5. Jessica Welch
Alas… a true puck bunny. The French-Canadian actress was first married to former Capital/Canadien/Islander/Panther Richard Zednik, but they divorced in 2009. Welch married Dustin Penner last month. You go girl.
4. Angelica Bridges
I have one hell of a girl crush on Angelica Bridges. This firey redhead is married to Sheldon Souray of the Dallas Stars and was the cover model for Playboy in November 2001. Oh! And she was on Baywatch too.
3. Veronica Varekova
Veronica is the ex-wife of ex-NHLer Petr Nedved and has appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition EIGHT TIMES!!!!! Enough said. Oh, she’s also a very inspiring philanthropist.
2. Carrie Underwood
She is simply PERFECTION. Carrie is married to Nashville Predators alternate captain Mike Fisher. She was the winner of the 4th season of American Idol and seems to be the only one who has continued to thrive in the industry. Get it gurllllll
1. Emma Andersson
Looky what we have here! The stunning wife of our very own (and very hunky) Henrik Zetterberg. What a good looking couple. They say two’s a couple, three’s a party…?