Professional hockey players may not make as much as some other celebrity athletes, but they bank more than most of us. As a result, the last thing an NHL star needs to worry about is the price tag on his ride. Some NHL stars zip around in sleek supercars, while others enjoy a low profile and use an equally unobtrusive method of transportation. Players with multi-million dollar contracts tool around in everything under the sun. And they show off some pretty interesting mods on more affordable vehicles. When you spend every other day taking hard hits on the ice, you probably want to relax behind the wheel. These hockey players don't worry about the cost and enjoy some of the most amazing cars on the road.
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If you've never heard of a car called a Piper Cherokee Lance, no worries, it's an aircraft. David Booth, a winger for the HC Dinamo Minsk, is also a licensed pilot. He flies not only across the ice, but also through the skies, and considers flying a relaxing activity after the high-octane pace of life behind the puck. The Piper Cherokee Lance seats six in this single-engine, fixed-wing aircraft, and Piper is a Florida company, which is where Booth spends most of his time.
The alternate captain for the Arizona Coyotes, Derek Stepan, doesn't believe in going too crazy with his rides. He purchased a stock GMC Denali in 2011 and intends to drive it until it dies. That's commitment. While the Denali might not have the panache of some of the sportscars driven by other NHL players, it's a super comfortable ride and ready for pretty much any road conditions. Add in heated and cooled seats, and you have a vehicle that prioritizes passenger comfort.
A defenseman for the Florida Panthers, Erin Ekblad is the proud owner of a new Ford F-150. Some of his teammates might be showing up to practice behind the wheel of a Bugatti or Lambo, but this Canadian is more interested in a vehicle that can handle the weather back home. The high interior clearance is probably another selling point for a hockey player that stands 6' 4", and the bed in back offers plenty of space to haul around his gear.
With a starting price of just under $125K, the G-Class is definitely a celebrity ride, and Tyler Sequin is a hockey celeb. Of course, when you make $6M per year as a center for the Dallas Stars, you can afford it. The G-Class is everything you'd expect in a luxury SUV. The cabin even features color-changing lighting that can help set the mood with 64 options to choose from. Tasteful wood paneling and a state-of-the-art voice-controlled system make driving around in the G-Class a comfortable experience.
Currently playing left wing for the Florida Panthers, Jonathan Huberdeau is earning a cool $6.2M per year, and he spent at least $81K of that on his Corvette Z06. Driving around in a Vette is a little offbeat with many hockey stars preferring bigger vehicles or even more exclusive labels, but the Z06 is a solid choice for anyone who enjoys a powerful engine wrapped in sleek lines. It packs 650 horsepower under the hood and goes from 0 to 60 mph in just under three seconds.
Alex Radulov, a power forward for the Dallas Stars, gets around in style behind the wheel of his Dodge Hellcat in black. This stunning example of American muscle cars is big, bold, and hellishly fast, though a little sluggish to get started. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds and delivers a top speed of 203 mph. That's plenty fast for a car with a starting price of just under $60K. All that speed and power come from the nearly 800 hp this muscle car is capable of.
Alex Ovechkin, the left-wing for the Washington Capitals, won not only the Rocket Richard trophy for top scorer but also a brand new Mercedes G65 AMG in 2014. With a starting price upwards of $200K, the AMG is the premium version of the G-Class. This SUV has a V12 engine that is powerful enough to take its weight over hills and snow, all without bouncing around his passengers. The automatic everything and temperature controlled seats add to the comfort level, making this an incredibly luxurious ride.
Brent Burns plays defense for the San Jose Sharks, but his home is a 400-acre Texas farm. His love of pickup trucks makes sense when you consider farm life, and the Raptor was a major upgrade from his previous ride, the F-250. This beast of a pickup starts at over $100K and backs that up with some pretty impressive stats. It can tow up to 8,000 lbs and delivers 525 horsepower from its V6 engine. What it lacks in growl it more than makes up for in sheer power.
Currently playing for the Detroit Red Wings, Jonathan Bernier has pretty great taste in cars. His McLaren MP4 12C is a seven-speed automatic with 616 horsepower and the iconic McLaren lines. This vehicle is the first solely McLaren car produced since the F1, and it lives up to the car it replaces. It can go from 0 to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds, and while advertised at a top speed of 207 mph, drivers have reached just over 218 mph.
PK Subban plays for the New Jersey Devils, and fans get to enjoy his performance on the ice and the sleek lines of his Bugatti Veyron. With an estimated starting price of $1.7M, the Veyron is the car for megastars and the mega-rich, which Subban qualifies for with an eight-year, $72M contract. His ride is painted a rich cherry and black and draws almost as much attention as this sports star. Subban joins the ranks of other Veyron celebs like Simon Cowell, Tom Brady, and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin, slides into the arena in his Porsche Cayenne, though he owns several Porsche models – all in white. This former rookie of the year and Stanley Cup winner is a Porsche enthusiast and has also been seen in the 911 Turbo. The Cayenne goes from 0 to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds and is also tow rated for up to 1,653 lbs. With this sleek and sporty ride, Malkin can make it to practice on time and have enough room for all his gear.
Steven Stamkos, captain of the Tampa Bay Lightning, gets around in a car that gets 52 miles per gallon, a Fisker Karma. This company went under in 2014, so Stamkos is the proud owner of one of the 1,800 vehicles made. It is a hybrid that only has a range of 32 miles on all-electric, but when combined with fuel, it delivers a respectable 300-mile range. With 403 horsepower and the sleek lines of a sports car, it doesn't look much like a hybrid.
Matt Niskanen started in the NHL driving a Pontiac Sunfire, and he's likely to continue to drive this much-beloved car until it is no longer roadworthy. During his time with the Dallas Stars, this athlete went on the road only to come back and find his car repainted to reflect his team. His compact car might not have the glamour of a supercar, but it gets him back and forth to work every day, and the new paint job looks great, though now that he's with the Washington Capitals it might have been changed.
Michael Ryder, now retired from professional hockey, remains one of the living legends of the sport. He was a member of the 2011 Stanley Cup-winning Boston Bruins team and earned a salary to match. One of the ways he splurged included the purchase of a Maserati Coupe. This sports car goes from 0 to 60 in under five seconds and has 454 horsepower coming from the 4.7-liter V8 engine. While he no longer needs to drive into work every day, the Coupe is still a fun way to get around.
Eddie the Eagle is one of only two players to have won the Stanley Cup, an Olympic gold medal and an NCAA championship. He's also one of the only people driving around in a 1939 Ford Coupe hotrod. This completely customized car is a labor of love, and Eddie loves cars enough that he opened his own custom shop while still playing for the NHL. Today, this retired athlete helps his fellow players take unusual cars and turn them into one-of-a-kind custom rides.