It's hard to top the summerSidney Crosby and the rest of the Pittsburgh Penguinshad, as theycelebrated all over the world with the Stanley Cup.Phil Kesselwon the offseason when he ate hot dogs -- and trolled some critics -- out of the trophy. And perhaps no one had more fun partying with Lord Stanley than Penguins defensemenOlli Maatta and Justin Schultz.
But a number of other non-Penguins had memorable offseasons too. The boys of winter spent their summer downtime at the beach and the ballpark, and with their best buddies and loved ones. They got hitched and had babies. The lost their collective minds over the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight. Pro hockey players -- they're just like the rest of us! Here are some of the highlights of what they did last summer.
Top draft pick Nico Hischier is already making a name for himself in New Jersey. Newark's Hobby's Deli has already named a sandwich after the18-year-old Swiss center: the Nico No. 1 sandwich, which featuresgrilled chicken, a red "jersey" tomatoand, of course, Swiss cheese.
It was the summer of love for NHL players, as it seemed like someone from every team got hitched.
Alex Ovechkin and his wife, Nastasiya,were officially married last summer, but the couple celebrated their union with an extravagant wedding receptionon July 8atBarvikha Luxury Village, an exclusive enclave just outside of Moscow. The date is significant to the Washington Capitals forward for two reasons -- it's a holiday in Russia known as the Day of Family, Love and Faithfulness, and, of course, because Ovechkin wears No. 8 for the Caps.
Ovechkin's teammatesDmitry OrlovandEvgeny Kuznetsov, St. Louis Blues forwardVladimir Tarasenko and former NHL forward Ilya Kovalchuk attended the wedding. But a shirtless Ovi -- who danced and "sang" along to Boney M's hit"Rasputin" -- more or less stole the show:
Carl Hagelinwon his second Cup and got hitched to longtime girlfriend Erica Uebel in Stockholm. Fellow Swedes Karlsson andHenrik Lundqvist, along with Norwegian Mats Zuccarello,were on hand to help him celebrate:
... Hall did his best goalie impression, taking shots from McDavid, his onetime roommate in Edmonton.