Wait, these are still hockey players we’re talking about, right?


I just got this release from the Rangers. While the People entry on Sean Avery came as a surprise last week, I knew the Vogue spread with Brendan Shanahan was in the works since the writer, Alec Wilkinson, was at the rink earlier this season.

Wilkinson’s main gig is as a staff writer for The New Yorker, and as devotee of that magazine, I’ve become a fan of his work. And he likes hockey, which immediately makes him cooler than most writers.

The story is “online here”:http://www.mensvogue.com/health/articles/2007/12/shanahan. I’m about to dive in myself (right off the bat is a tremendous anecdote about Shanahan and a saxophone).


Brendan Shanahan and Sean Avery Featured in Two Prominent National Publications in Stands This Week

New York, November 19, 2007 – New York Rangers stars Brendan Shanahan and Sean Avery are featured in Men’s Vogue and People Magazine respectively this week, underscoring the mainstream appeal of two of hockey’s most recognizable players.

The December issue of Men’s Vogue profiles Shanahan in a six-page editorial. He was photographed at the NY Rangers training facility in Tarrytown, modeling clothes by top men’s designers. Shanahan was accompanied in some of the photos by a few of his young teammates including, Brandon Dubinski, Ryan Callahan, Dan Girardi and Marc Staal.

Avery, the Rangers’ resident “tough guy” is included in this week’s “Sexiest Man Alive” issue from People Magazine. In the section entitled ‘Sexy Scars’, Avery is listed in the company of actors Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Jeffery Dean Morgan (Grey’s Anatomy) and Bradley Cooper (Wedding Crashers, Nip/Tuck). Avery is one of 140 men selected to be included in the December 3rd issue and one of five athletes highlighted in the issue. Avery also is the second Ranger to be highlighted in a People Magazine editorial. Last year, goaltender Henrik Lundqvist was named one of ‘People’s Most Beautiful’.

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  1. I always compare Hendrik Lundqvist to Gianluigi Buffon maybe one of the best goaltender for Juventus FC. They are looking very similar and both had shots for people´s magazine either….

  2. That Shanny interview is floating around YouTube somewhere, I’ve seen it 100 times, it’s a classic.

  3. I still LMAO when I think of Avery getting that “honor”
    love the guy but this just adds fuel to the already raging fire.

  4. Pavel – that’s an interesting observation about Dawes not being able to pass. I haven’t really noticed that. Thanks for bringing it up.

    I like two defensemen on the power play, also, but wish we could get Prucha in there somehow. I would take Avery off if he’s not with Shanahan, along with splitting up Jagr and Shanahan. So I would have Gomez, Dubinsky, Jagr and Avery, Drury, Shanahan as the forward units; I don’t think having two centers on one line is too big of a deal on the power play. I would split up Avery and Dubinsky because they seem the most willing to dig hard and stand in front of the goalie. I don’t see why Dubinsky and Jagr shouldn’t be together on the power play, besides the fact that Dubinsky would be a rookie on the first unit. I would also try rotating Prucha in for Avery and/or Dubinsky. It will be really interesting to see who gets time when Straka and Callahan come back, but they should be alright because they play the penalty kill. Maybe you could rotate them in with Drury and Shanahan, but nothing I’ve seen from Renney would tell me that would happen. I wonder if he would ever consider using three different units, since Staal deserves to see soem time, as well.

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