If you’re not up on the concept of beerability yet, go ahead and follow that link to get it figured out.

In hockey, beerability is a crucial metric for measuring how beloved a guy is going to be in the dressing room. Knowing that, we’ve been scanning the NHL over the past few months and trying to figure out which NHLers have the most (and least) beerability.

Being that it’s almost St. Paddy’s Day, we prepared (okay, Derek Snider prepared) the All-Ginger Beerability team, and the All-Irish Beerability team.

The starting line-ups are below – let us know if we missed anyone!


All-Ginger NHL Beerability team (complete with Snider quotes)

D - Brian “Soupie” Campbell – Doing research I saw a pic of his “ginger balls.”
D – Mike Commodore – He looks like Ogi Ogilthorpe, so, BOOM!
F – Scott Hartnell –Suck it Phaneuf!
F – Raffi Torres – Jay-Z anyone?
F – Cody McLeod – Tough, Irish, Ginger…a winner! Great quote: “All I said to Bitz was ‘people sure seem to like that Booth guy’ and he dropped the gloves and started hitting me. What’s his problem?”

G – Corey Schneider – By default.

Head Coach: Mike Babcock with Jim Schoenfeld and Terry Crisp as assistants

Bourne’s take: The first three names on the list are no-brainers. Well, in Campbell’s case, a some-brainer (oo, tasteless joke, sorry). Commodore and Hartnell are ginger all-stars. The only ones we disagreed about on the podcast were Torres (I think he could be alright) and Schneider (what, no Kiprusoff?). Other than that, bang on.


All Irish Drinking team:

D Shane O’Brien – Great quote: “I don’t care what the scoreboard says, any time I can get through a game without being punched in the face is a big win.”
F Chris Kelly
F Steve Sullivan
F Brian Boyle – He went as Buddy the Elf to the Rangers Christmas party.

G Cam Ward - (By default)

Coach – Todd McLellan

Bourne’s take: Shane O’Brien seems like a pretty hilarious guy, so he has to be on there. And Brian Boyle, jeesh, he’s almost #1 on the overall beerability list (ginger Scott Hartnell currently holds that title, closely tailed by Shawn Thornton). Any way you slice it, the selected names are very, very Irish, so kudos to you, Mr. Snider.

(Mini-update: @KeithLHHockey advises Brian Burke be the team GM. We agree.)


So what’s your take? Would you swap out any of our ginger or Irish selections for anyone else?


UPDATE: From Twitter friend @Sir_Earl, there have only been five NHL players that were actually born in Ireland (link takes you to their stats), and there haven’t been any since the 1950′s. The complete list:

Sid Finney
Bobby Kirk
Jimmy McFadden
Sammy McManus
Jack Riley



Oh god I pissed off Owen Nolan. Shortly after tweeting about the update, I got this response from him:

Oh man. (The close-quote is missing – his response to me was “Do your homework.”)

To clarify: Owen Nolan was born in Belfast, as were two of the names on the list above. HOWEVER, due to some “changes” in Ireland over the years, Hockey-Reference (the site used to research this) has Nolan listed as being from “Belfast, United Kingdom.”

Let’s leave it here: Owen Nolan is from Ireland. He was born in Belfast. He played in the NHL. He was very good and I’m afraid of him.

There have been six people born in Ireland to play in the NHL. There. Got it.