Few celebrities touched the hockey world like Alan Thicke.
The beloved Canadian actor and hockey fan passed away Tuesday after suffering a heart attack. In his memory, hockey fans can recall five moments when Thicke graced the game:
An entry into a new hockey market could call on former NHL stars to help grow the game, but the Tampa Bay Lightning went a different route, tapping Thicke to emcee the opening festivities of the club's inaugural game, as well as drop the puck in a ceremonial faceoff between the Lightning and Chicago Blackhawks.
Thicke wasn't just a fan in the stands. Hockey fans also saw him strap on the skates and take part in the celebrity game prior to the 2014 Stadium Series at Dodger Stadium between the rival Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings.
Thicke's opening act at the 1998 NHL Awards, held in Toronto, drew rave reviews. Topping the performance? His entrance on a mini-Zamboni.
Thicke wasn't just popular in Hollywood. He was a celebrity in hockey circles, as evidenced by his close friendships with Phil Esposito, Gordie Howe, and Wayne Gretzky, among others. The four teamed up as part of the 1986 NHL All-Star celebration in Hartford.
What about that time Thicke teamed up with a host of hockey greats including Esposito, John Davidson, Marcel Dionne, and Dave Taylor to record a pair of classic hockey songs: "Forgive My Misconduct" and "The Hockey Sock Rock." Yes, those are hockey sticks being used as microphones.