NHL fans around the world rejoiced in unison when it was announced back in January that there would indeed be a Stanley Cup to play for this season. Jut thinking about all the heart-stopping goals, season preserving saves, and epic fights that accompany any NHL season, was enough to warm the hearts of fans through the long winter. With just a handful of games left in the regular season, and the playoff picture almost complete, it’s time to look back on the 2013 NHL season and smile. Because while it may have been short on time, the season certainly packed plenty of highlights and drama. From Patrick Kane’s sublime stickhandling to Vladimir Tarasenko’s coming out party, check out the Most Badass GIFs of the 2013 NHL Season.

Written by Adam Silvers (@silversurfer103)