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I was fortunate enough to be at the 2012 Winter Classic with Derek Snider and Rob Pizzo doing some work for theScore, and also doing some work on my liver. We shot our videos during the days, and had our nights free to drink some pints and get to know each other. It was there that I was introduced to the concept of “beerability.”

Snider did some hiring for on-air talent, and what they looked for in candidates was that very concept – would you like to sit at a pub and bury beers with this guy or gal? Would you feel comfortable just sitting there telling stories, swilling and laughing? The definition in that post:

Beerability (BEER-ah-bill-ih-tee): 1) a measurement that quantifies how much fun it would be to sit at a pub with a person and drink a bunch of beer. They should seem likable. Subjective.

2) What Bill Guerin has in spades.

I’d also like to add that, personally, I’ll take “smart guy” over “guy who seems like he could drink a lot.” Also, older players over younger players, for stories-sake.

I loved the concept so much I made it into a recurring post on Fridays. I ranked the top 10 NHLers, the top 10 coaches, the 7 players with the least beerability, I examined Rick Nash, Carter and Richards and more.

I looked back at those lists, and it’s like I didn’t even watch hockey at the time. Phil Kessel doesn’t have beerability, really Bourne? Nor does Andy Sutton? And Jarome Iginla does? Wrong, wrong, wrong. Kessel’s a hidden gem, Sutton says whatever the hell he wants (which is great), and Iginla is human beige.

So, it’s time to re-do the list.

Below, you’ll find who I believe to be the Top 10 NHLers with beerability. Add your thoughts below.

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We’re back! It’s been a long time, and for that, we apologize, but HOLY HELL nothing happens in August. With the NHLPA making a counter-offer to the owners we got close to real news, but knew we had to fill out the show, so….we got Scott Hartnell to come on and chat.

The topics we hit with Scott were:

* His charity, Hartnell Down 

* His excellent season

* The CBA proceedings

* Beerability

* And much more.

Pizzo and I covered the CBA prior to the interviews as well.

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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!

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That’s a tough question.

Historically (we’ve been doing this for all of three months, Bourne), age has been a big factor in beerability. Older dudes simply have more stories to tell, more experience to pull from, and tend to give far less damns (especially if they’re retired). I can’t wait to be that age where I decide everyone but the people closest to me can get lost so I can turn into either Statler or Waldorf.

So, it’d be tough for Patrick Burke to surpass his barn-fighting, truculent father.

But consider his week:

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Awww, loogit the happy couple

Jeff Carter and Mike Richards couldn’t get out of the way of the rumours in Philadelphia – they partied too much, they partied too hard, and that was why they could never win the big one.

They brought in Chris Pronger to change the culture of the team, and while they had one good run, it seemed like it didn’t work. They still wouldn’t sign up for Peter Laviolette’s asinine “Dry Island” idea, where guys would write their numbers on the whiteboard as a pledge to not drink for X amount of time (reportedly this happened on five seperate occasions).

They were bad guys. Or perhaps good guys with misplaced priorities.

Now, none of us, and I mean near-nobody outside of the Flyers dressing room has any idea if any of that’s true. They could be perfectly fine gents who rarely went out and the media misled us. After all, didn’t they hate Mike Richards for his abrasive personality or something?

But now that they’re reunited in Los Angeles, it’s time to ask the question: do those two have beerability? Have the stories made you want to spend more or less time with them?

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With Rick Nash all over the news this week, hockey media everywhere have been wondering where he’d be a good fit. The question’s been asked many times, specifically about the New York Rangers – “Would you want to mess with your team chemistry at this point of the season?”

It’s fair to assess how things would change on the ice, because we don’t know. But in the dressing room, there’s one great fact: great guys can’t ruin locker room chemistry. Those with high beerability can only add good things, and I assumed Nash had a good rating. But then I really started to think about it…

It’s tough, because he’s played for one of the least-covered team’s in the NHL, so we don’t have a lot to go on. Just some vague All-Star Game interviews, a few post-game sound bites. He’s never in the news off-ice.

Here’s what we have to assess Rick Nash’s beerability:

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As with every Friday, it’s time to take a look at the NHL and assess beerability.

This week we’re looking at the other end of the scale. These are the guys that, if given the opportunity to go out for beers with them, you’d say “Meh, I’m alright thanks. Dude kinda seems like a dud.”

Of course, few of us know these guys personally – I certainly don’t – so we’re going strictly off the impressions we get from how they carry themselves in the media. And, since we don’t see many borderline-NHLers in a lot of interviews, the guys I selected happen to be great players - all have appeared in at least one all-star game (that was by random chance).

For the purposes of this series of posts, just pretend we’re in Alberta so young guys can be included (drinking age: 18. Hurray!).

And as a final reminder, it doesn’t matter if these guys don’t drink, or if they used to drink too much and quit, or anything like that – it’s not about actually going for beers. It has nothing to do with alcohol. It’s the concept of who seems like a good person to spend some time with and have some laughs.

So without further ado, the bottom seven players on our Beerability Index.


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