Fifteen Things You Didn't Know About Ryan Getzlaf

The Anaheim Ducks center is the greatest, least-known sports star Orange County has ever seen—and he likes it like that

Funny man.

In studying this phenomenon further, I've talked to women who said that hockey players are 1) manly, 2) seem kind of nice and 3) Canadian. I've also talked to several men who said all those women are beards for guys who are obviously compensating.

Then there is Playboy magazine (which is apparently still a thing, bless it), which surmised, "Hockey players make incredible lovers. Their strong hip flexors and tight abdominal muscles make for a strong and flexible core to help maintain a rhythm that women enjoy."

Illustration by Andrew Hunt
The only time Getzlaf likes being recognized
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The only time Getzlaf likes being recognized

(Yeah, beards.)

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13. BALD
When he was drafted by the Ducks in 2003, Getzlaf was big and strong with a thick, Ralph Macchio-like mane of brown hair. As the years have gone by, he's only gotten bigger and stronger, but the hair . . .

In the 2007 Cup year, he sported a spiky look, and the following year, it was a faux hawk. What seemed like fashion choices at the time soon became apparent were last valiant attempts to provide coverage by building up. It would take a few more years for Getzlaf to fully embrace his scalp, as he does now. Yes, he is a proud, bald man. What's more is he is a bald hockey player, which has provided him entre into the exclusive Best Bald Hockey Players of All Time list.

Now, you may laugh, you may think the list is some kind of burn on a guy, but look at the list. Not only is Getzlaf's former teammate and Cup-winning goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere on it, so are such hockey immortals as Guy Lafleur, Bobby Hull and Mark Messier. Hull and Messier are always ranked first and second, respectively. Hull may have rated higher if he had not resorted to hair transplants.

Messier, a five-time Cup winner, was, like Getzlaf, big, strong, skilled and arguably the best teammate ever. In fact, Niedermayer sees a lot of Messier in Getzlaf.

"Yeah, they're similar, and that's saying something," he says. "Big, strong guys with a lot of talent; you wouldn't be making much of a stretch to make a comparison. No shame being on that list."

Getzlaf waxes philosophic: "Well, I guess it's better than being on the list of the worst bald hockey players."

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I've been reminded that Anna Kournikova dated one hockey player and married another. So there you go.

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For all he's accomplished—a Stanley Cup, two Olympic gold medals, two kids, another on the way and that huge contract extension—Getzlaf is still relatively young, and his best hockey could very well be ahead of him.

Teammate Teemu Selanne, who began his NHL career in 1992 when Ryan Getzlaf was just 7, has said that over the past couple of years, Getzlaf has "taken a huge step forward as a leader and as an athlete. He wants to do things right. Obviously won the Stanley Cup his first year. Now he wants to win one as a leader. It's been great to watch him getting better and he's turning into a man.

"No real weaknesses," Selanne continues. "I always say he can be as good as he wants to be, and now, he really wants to be the difference. . . . He's a totally different person, a total different athlete than a few years ago. I haven't seen a better player this year."

And he's just 28, which means he's probably just reaching his physical peak.

You might want to make note of that, Downie.

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Josh Peconic
Josh Peconic

One of my favorites in the NHL. Never a show off & he really is a team player. Theres a reason he's the Capt.


Little story:

The Red Wings, upended by injuries, retirements, and allowing Brad Stuart to go home to San Jose, had to win their last 4 games outright to keep their streak of making playoffs alive.

This would be the 22nd year, an ongoing North American sports record. They do it, and enter the playoffs as the #7 seed, to face off against the #2 seed Ducks.

Wings win....Wings win......Wings win.

And then take the soon to be Stanley Cup champion Black Hawks to 7 games before gracefully bowing out.

I hate the Ducks

Amy Lynn Estrada
Amy Lynn Estrada

Wearing my Getzlaf Shirt right now!! I have to find this issue!


Just felt like mentioning that the NHL changed  the playoffs format this year to a more divisional based thing so, in fact, the Ducks wouldn't be playing the Kings. The Sharks would. We'd play a wild card team, as it stands.

Beth Krolik
Beth Krolik

I think our hockey players are more recognizable than you think.....but maybe that's because they're hockey gods to me.

Krystle Lindholm
Krystle Lindholm

Adam Frankel I'm not sure how I feel about that cover... Getzlaf with gold teeth?!

Adam Frankel
Adam Frankel

Krystle Lindholm I need to go grab one today!

RocketJ topcommenter

"If you're not a hardcore hockey fan—is there any other kind?"

Yes the type of Ducks fan who think hockey was basically invented in 1993 or a Kings fan that thinks the same but in 1988.

Nice write up of a great player. 

Side note, Mr Hockey only recorded 2 Gordie Howe hat tricks in his entire career.


@mhip  And I'm sure a lot of people hate you for your petty little spiteful and arrogant ways. 


@MrBlack @mhip really let me have it.

Why are you even commenting on this? Black people hate hockey.

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