Every NHL team's Game of Thrones character
What Game of Thrones character is each NHL team?
Game of Thrones is pretty great. The series has built a whole world with dozens of incredible characters so compelling, we all count the minutes until the next episode just so we can see what happens.
The NHL has its own colorful cast of characters who we love to watch each and every year. They may be battling for a cup and not a throne, but there are plenty of similarities between the characters of Game of Thrones and the teams in the NHL.
From Eddark Stark to Tyrion Lannister, here is every NHL team's Game of Thrones character.
SPOILER ALERT: If you're a fan of the show and have not caught up through the current season yet, you may want to watch the rest of it before reading this gallery.
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Anaheim Ducks - Barristan Selmy
It is understandable if you think the Ducks' time has passed. Corey Perry is 32, Ryan Getzlaf is 32, Ryan Kesler is 33, Kevin Bieksa is 36 and Francois Beauchemin is 37. Just don't tell them that. Barristan Selmy was kicked out of the Kingsguard for being too old, but as soon as he draws his sword, everyone realizes he could still kill them all. Then he finds Daenerys and becomes her bodyguard. Anaheim may be old, but whenever you doubt them they just end up reaching the conference final.
Arizona Coyotes - Samwell Tarly
Samwell Tarly doesn't intimidate anyone, he's not even welcome in his own home, but you shouldn't underestimate him. He killed a white walker and you know he is going to play a major role in the war against the Night King. The Arizona Coyotes have been a punching bag for years and don't seem all that welcome in Glendale, but now they have a lot of young talent and look like they could be an up-and-coming team.
Boston Bruins - Renly Baratheon
Did Renly Baratheon really think he could be king? Why? Because his name was "Baratheon?" Do the Boston Bruins seriously think they are playoff contenders? Why? Because they are the Boston Bruins? They largely return the same team that could not get out of the first round last season while much of the Atlantic and the East has gotten better.
Buffalo Sabres - Khal Drogo
Khal Drogo is awesome! He is totally going to conquer Westeros and there's nothing anyone can...what's that? He's dead? Already? That's how every season has felt for the Buffalo Sabres for several years. Every year we think they are going to turn things around and make some noise in the East. That optimism lasts until about November when we realize the rebuild is going to take yet another year.
Calgary Flames - Yara Greyjoy
Yara Greyjoy is a total badass, but just when it looked like she would reach the height of her power, her uncle took over the Iron Islands and she had to flee from home. The Calgary Flames look to be on the edge of being championship contenders, but now a stadium tiff with the city puts their future there in jeopardy. Just where Yara or the Flames will eventually be able to drop anchor is anyone's guess.
Carolina Hurricanes - Podrik Payne
Podrik Payne has been in the background a long time, just watching and learning from people like Tyrion Lannister and Brienne. Eventually he is going to grow into a knight and you know he will have some major role to play in the story. Carolina is building something and when they're finally ready, they are going to be hard to stop.
Chicago Blackhawks - Gregor Clegane, 'The Mountain'
The Chicago Blackhawks have been a top contender for many years by paying their top-end players top-end money, but it has come at a cost. The Blackhawks have had to let go of a lot of really good players in order to stay under the cap over the years and that process is taking its toll as a first-round exit to the Nashville Predators has shown. Gregor Clegane is a "mountain" of a man, but keeping him alive after he was poisoned in a duel with Oberyn Martell came at a cost. Now he is a monster as hideous as Chicago's cap situation.
Colorado Avalanche - Hodor
Colorado's only purpose this season is to be torn apart by everyone else in the NHL in much the same way as poor Hodor was essentially destined to be torn apart by wights to protect Bran Stark.
Columbus Blue Jackets - Euron Greyjoy
Berserker Euron Greyjoy returned from exile to take over the Iron Islands. Willing to do anything for power, he brought the Islands to prominence with his alliance with Queen Cersei. The Blue Jackets were the worst team in the NHL when John Tortorella took over after his NHL "exile," but he brought them to the playoffs last season and now they hope to contend for the division and the conference.
Dallas Stars - Jorah Mormont
Jorah Mormont looked like he was a goner when he contracted greyscale, a disease that threatened to destroy both his body and his mind. The Dallas Stars have had a good roster for years, but for some reason signed two backup goalies, paid them starter money and hoped that it would all work out. It didn't. The goalie situation essentially destroyed what was an otherwise good roster. But just as Mormont was cured by Samwell, the Stars signed Ben Bishop and now the future looks bright.
Detroit Red Wings - Tywin Lannister
For many years, the Detroit Red Wings were the class of the NHL. Instead of focusing on their future, however, they became fixated on their postseason streak. When that finally ended, they were caught with their pants down with seemingly no real plan for the future. Tywin Lannister was the most powerful man in Westeros until he became fixated on having Tyrion killed. Tywin was quite literally caught with his pants down too when Tyrion killed him.
Edmonton Oilers - Beric Dondarrion
You don't get many chances at having the number one overall pick...unless you're the Edmonton Oilers who had four top picks in a stretch of six years. They just kept getting chances until they finally got it right with Connor McDavid. Beric Dondarrion has died and been brought back to life six times, suggesting that he, like McDavid, must be destined for something great.
Florida Panthers - High Sparrow
The Florida Panthers were fanatical followers of the church of analytics, going so far as to fire head coach Gerard Gallant midseason and make a few curious trades. But really before their vision could come to fruition...it all blew up. Now Dale Tallon is calling the shots again and the era of analytics appears to be over. Just when it looked like the High Sparrow was on the verge of being the most powerful man in Westeros...it all blew up for him too. Literally.
Los Angeles Kings - Jaime Lannister
Jaime Lannister was perhaps the most feared swordsman in Westeros until he lost his hand. Very suddenly, he went from skilled swordsman to having to relearn how to fight again. The NHL looked like it could have dueling dynasties with the Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings winning a combined five Stanley Cups in a six-year stretch. Unlike the Blackhawks, however, the Kings took a very sudden fall, failing to qualify for the playoffs in two of their last three years. From budding dynasty to making a coaching change in just three years? That's a pretty sudden drop.
Minnesota Wild - Olenna Tyrell, 'The Queen of Thorns'
Olenna Tyrell was always pretty smart, but really what did that ever get her? After all her plotting and scheming she ended up looking out her window to find a Lannister army marching on her castle with nothing she could do other than get in a few good zingers in before she died. You can always rely on Bruce Boudreau for a good sound bite, even during a postseason that lasted only five games. Despite a talented roster and a strong season, the Wild ultimately didn't get anywhere.
Montreal Canadiens - Stannis Baratheon
Is there any team in the NHL that seems to think being a contender is a right more than the Canadiens? The philosophy of team management seems to be "because we're Montreal dammit." Stannis Baratheon seemed to think being king was a right. He wasn't wrong as he was the legitimate heir to the throne, but sorcery and birthright aren't enough to make you king, just like it's not enough to win you a Stanley Cup.
Nashville Predators - Oberyn Martell
Nashville caught the hockey world by storm with their playoff run in 2017. With catfish on the ice and an awesome fan base, they were fun to watch and easy to root for. Of course, whenever you describe a character on Game of Thrones in a similar way, that means they are doomed to a horrifying death. Oberyn was a fun character who everyone loved and just when it looked like he had gotten the better of the Mountain in a duel, he ended up having his head smashed. Poor Smashville.
New Jersey Devils - Theon Greyjoy
Horribly scarred from the torturous past few years, the Devils looked like a broken team. Now with players like Taylor Hall, Marcus Johansson and Nico Hischier to go with Corey Schneider, there may be hope for the Devils. Things look hopeful for Theon Greyjoy who will look to regain his honor after previously looking like a broken man. New Jersey the past few seasons reminded fans of Theon when he had his...well, never mind. Let's just say they have been bad. now there's hope for both the Devils and Theon as they look to put the past behind them.
New York Islanders - Tormund
Tormund was invited south of the wall by Jon Snow, but it became pretty clear that not everyone wanted him or the wildlings there. The Islanders' move to Brooklyn has been a disaster, to put it mildly. It's so bad, in fact, that the idea of moving back to Naussau keeps getting brought up which is about as plausible as asking Tormund to man Eastwatch-By-The-Sea.
New York Rangers - Petyr Baelish, 'Littlefinger'
Littlefinger did not get to where he is through hard work or planning for the future. He got there by scheming. The Rangers are always scheming to try to rebuild their roster into a contender on the fly, even if it means mortgaging the future by trading a first-round pick year after year. Somehow, they remain near the top of the conference standings every year and always find themselves in the playoffs. Signing Jimmy Vesey? Total Littlefinger move. The question is will it ever come back to haunt the Rangers the way it did Littlefinger?
Ottawa Senators - Brienne of Tarth
No one ever gives Brienne enough respect despite the fact that he fought her way onto Renly's Kingsguard and beat the Hound in a one on one fight. Raise your hand if you had Ottawa reaching the conference finals last season. Anyone?
Philadelphia Flyers - Bronn
Bronn is the walking embodiment of Philadelphia. Neither he nor the Flyers are ever afraid to fight dirty.
Pittsburgh Penguins - Cersei Lannister
Cirsei sits atop the Iron Throne...for now. You have to give her credit, she managed to keep her sons in power for much of the show and, once she was challenged, she killed everyone in her way and now wears the crown herself. But, as the throne belongs to her, everyone is gunning for her. You can't say enough about what Pittsburgh has accomplished the past two years, but if you win two straight Stanley Cups, everyone in the league is gunning for you.
San Jose Sharks - Melisandre
Beneath all the smoke and mirrors and all the magic, Melisandre is just an old woman who ultimately has not been able to lead anyone she serves to power. Joe Thornton is 38, Joe Pavelski is 33, Joel Ward is 36 and Brent Burns is 32. Beneath all those epic beards is just an old hockey team whose window has probably closed.
St. Louis Blues - Sandor Clegane, 'The Hound'
The Blues have been dominated and overshadowed by the other contenders of the Western Conference throughout their history.. Despite all the great teams and great players St. Louis has had in its history, you know how many conference championships they have? Zip. Will the Hound ever ultimately get the better of his bigger brother?
Tampa Bay Lightning - Tyrion Lannister
There is perhaps no smarter general manager in the league than Steve Yzerman. Everyone thought the Lightning were doomed because the salary cap would not allow them to keep their talented youngsters together. Yzerman managed to do it. He also masterfully handled the Jonathan Drouin situation which is not easy to do. Just ask Joe Sakic how the Matt Duchene saga is going. Tyrion Lannister is the smartest character in Game of Thrones and it has managed to keep him alive despite the fact that just about everyone has tried to kill him.
Toronto Maple Leafs - Arya Stark
Arya may not look like much, but, after being trained by the faceless men, she may be the most dangerous character on the show. The Maple Leafs look like children on skates and they pretty much are...but they are really, really talented children who are quickly rising to be a powerhouse.
Vancouver Canucks - Eddard Stark
It's great that Vancouver is so loyal to the Sedins, it really is, but it's not getting them anywhere. Eddard Stark was an honorable man and that's why we all loved him. It's also why he couldn't even make it out of the first season without losing his head. The Sedins once made the Canucks the top team in the West, but Vancouver's loyalty to them is now keeping them at the bottom of the standings.
Vegas Golden Knights - The Night King
Washington lost Nate Schmidt, Pittsburgh lost Marc-Andre Fleury, Nashville lost James Neal, every team in the NHL lost one player in the expansion draft, but they're not gone. Just as the Night King can add all those who die to his endless army so George McPhee has taken all the players from the expansion draft and made them into his new team.
Washington Capitals - Daenerys Targaryen
Three dragons, a Dothraki horde and an army of unsullied should have been enough to conquer Westeros by now. Yet, we have spent the entire length of the show waiting for Daenerys to win the throne. Who knows if she will ever get there now that she has to turn her focus on the Night King's army? The Caps had all the pieces they needed to win a Cup and they haven't gotten there. Now with roster turnover and age, it is unclear whether the championship window is still open.
Winnipeg Jets - Jon Snow
The Jets were brought back from the dead and with players like Patrik Laine, Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele, there is greatness in their future. They just don't know it yet. Jon Snow was brought back from the dead and is not just a lowly bastard as was once thought. In fact, he is the rightful heir to the throne as the legitimate son of Rhaegar Targareyen. Will Jon or the Jets ultimately live up to their potential?