Valentine’s Day may be over but that does not mean it’s too late to celebrate the most important part of this day. The cards. NHL teams often put out cards making puns with their players. Here are my top 10 NHL Valentine’s Day Cards.
10. Antti Raanta – Arizona Coyotes
I almost feel bad for Arizona Coyotes this season. I put this card on the list almost out of pity. I will give them credit for a decent pun and I felt they deserved a spot on this list for that reason alone, but the changing fonts and non romantic background takes a lot away from a card with potential. Also there is nowhere to write who this card is To and From. Score: 3 out of 10.
9. Corey Crawford – Chicago Blackhawks
The Chicago Blackhawks have had a severely disappointing season so far, but at least they managed to get on to this list. Average pun. This will actually be the only card on this list that features a players first name so some respect to the Blackhawks’ social media for getting it right. Unfortunately, the color scheme here is just all wrong. The tint over Corey Crawford blends in way too much with the red background. Also, again, nowhere to write who this card is going To or From. Score: 4 out of 10.
8. Claude Giroux – Philadelphia Flyers
The Philadelphia Flyers took a bold move this year using the new NHL bitmoji package for their Valentine’s Day card and it does add a cute cartoonish look to the rest of the card. I think the pun here could be a little better plus it could be confusing if you are not well versed in your NHL names. I am not so much a fan of the “From: Claude” as it is very unlikely this card will be from someone named Claude. Score: 5 out of 10.
7. Ondrej Palat – Tampa Bay Lightning
This card has a cute background and a good pun. I like the Tampa Bay Lightning personally adding a small “Happy Valentine’s Day” at the bottom and adding the players name as the receiver of this Valentine might not know who this is but will be able to look him up later. But it just looks dirty. Ondrej Palat looks dirty. His stick looks dirty. The card itself looks like it was crumpled up and left in a coal mine for a couple days. Oh yeah, and no To and From section. Score: 6 out of 10.
6. Patrick Laine – Winnipeg Jets
Interesting take by the Winnipeg Jets here not making Patrik Laine the main pun of the card. Unlike the Claude Giroux card, this one might actually work better if you do not know how to pronounce his name. This card really depends on the pick up line inserted by the giver. I am a big fan of the cute hearts background. I love having a real color action shot of Laine in the picture. But please why do people not know to put a To and From in their cards. Maybe in that empty area on the upper left. Also, Patrik, please, we are all begging you to shave. Score: 6 out of 10.
5. Kris Letang – Pittsburgh Penguins
Love this pun. Love this action shot. I think the background of this looks incredibly cute. With that being said I must admit I am confused by the background. All the Pittsburgh Penguin cards this year were ocean themed which does not make any sense to me. The Penguins team are not by the ocean. Their mascot is not ocean based. It is arctic based team. Still lacks a To and From section. My favorite part of this card is something guys can probably relate to. In between the two rope hearts it is clearly spelled out “SOS”. Stay strong men. Score: 7 out of 10.
4. Sergei Bobrovksy – Columbus Blue Jackets
I appreciate the Columbus Blue Jackets slipping in a stripe of their colors in the card without messing with the color scheme too much. I like this pun as it is one of the few to throw in some of today’s vernacular. I also love the front on picture of Bobrovsky, his eyes alone would have me saying yes to being his Bae-Brovsky. But c’mon, seriously, again, no To and From section. Score: 8 out of 10.
3. Jonathan Huberdeau – Florida Panthers
A well-dressed good-looking Jonathan Huberdeau dons the front of this card. He looks like he is about to take you out for a night on the Ft. Lauderdale Las Olas beachfront which, lets be honest, who wouldn’t want that. I also love this pun. Love the background. Love the To and From Section! Great card. Not much room for improvement, I’d just like to see the other half of his face a little more. Score: 9 out of 10.
2. Andreas Athanasiou – Detroit Red Wings
The one part of the organization the Detroit Red Wings definitely do not need to rebuild is their social media. This is a truly excellent pun, especially for someone like me who has struggled with pronouncing his name. This teaches me the way to say it. Also, great picture. The smile, the eyes are solid. Any girl who received this probably could not wait to be Athana-seen. The Red Wings were also able to create a cute pink background without any hearts, so props to them for that. I also love the To and From section. Score: 9 out of 10.
1. Vincent Trocheck – Florida Panthers
Everything about this card is great. Great pun. Great picture. Great looking guy. This card makes me believe Vincent Trocheck is actually checking me out. In fact, if he ever saw me hearts would probably be emanating from him just like they are here. Great red background that does not blend in with the sweater. This is a very well organized card I personally would send to all my friends, family, pets, and whatever loved ones I can think of. I promise you, there was no bias in picking this as my number one. Just an overall awesome card. Score: 10 out of 10.