The ESPN Body Issue is where athletes from around the world and in various different sports bare all. They pose in semi-nude photos and are interviewed about what they like and dislike about their bodies and how their bodies are molded by their sport. This year’s digital issue was released this past week and after not having any NHL players in it last year, we got two: Brent Burns and Joe Thornton.
BB: I bet Joe has been training hard for this thing to get his body jacked. Me? I just got back from 10 days at Disney eating funnel cakes and ice cream with my kids. There was a lot of laughing during the shoot, but I think it was mostly people laughing at my body. Jumbo [Joe] is the guy who is the most comfortable naked. He’s always naked. There was a pretty popular picture of us walking around Pittsburgh, and he had his shirt off. He’s a nudist.
JT: I like my body. There’s nothing great about it, but I’m stuck with it and I don’t mind it. I never remember being self-conscious about my body. That just comes from being in a locker room for so long. I’ve always felt natural being naked. Never a big deal to me at all. My dad wears his underwear out to go get the mail in the morning, so that’s probably where I get it.
Read the rest here or get the full issue in stands on July 7.
The Body Issue began in 2009 and has since featured 8 NHL athletes and 8 female ice hockey players. (All photos courtesy of ESPN Magazine)
Zdeno Chára, captain of the Boston Bruins, appeared in the first Body Issue in 2009.
Sheldon Souray, Ethan Moreau, and Andrew Cogliano
Back when Ryan Kesler played for the Vancouver Canucks, he appeared in the 2011 Issue.
Julie Chu, forward for the US Women’s National Ice Hockey Team and a defensemen for the Les Canadiennes de Montreal of the CWHL, was in the 2011 Issue.
Brad Richards, retired forward, was featured in the 2012 Issue while he played for the New York Rangers.
Toronto Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul was in the 2013 Issue.
Hilary Knight, forward for the US Women’s National Ice Hockey Team and the Boston Pride of the NWHL, was featured in 2014.
Tyler Seguin, current Dallas Stars forward, appeared in the 2015 Issue.
US Women’s National Ice Hockey Team
After an inspirational moment where the team refused to play in the 2017 IIHF Women’s World Championship on home ice unless their wages were corrected and just, they not only received their fair wages but went on to win the title. The following players appear in the 2017 Issue: Brianna Decker, Kacey Bellamy, Meghan Duggan, Jocelyne Lamoureux, Monique Lamoureux, Alex Rigsby.