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Luke Bryan told me this story last week and I have to share it with you, especially if you love country music, hockey or both. You know how Carrie Underwood‘s hockey-playing husband Mike Fisher was conveniently traded from the Ottawa Senators to the Nashville Predators shortly after they were married, right? After that happened, one of Bryan’s friends thought that idea could work to recruit other great players for the Predators. “My buddy brought a sign to a Preds game that said ‘Taylor, Please Marry Ovechkin.’ He’s like the number one hockey player in the world, so we all thought that if we could get Taylor Swift to marry him, then maybe we can get him for the Preds,” Bryan laughed. The Russian-born left wing, who goes by Ovi, is right around Swift’s age, is allegedly single, and seems to like Twitter as much as she does. Not to mention he has that tall, dark and handsome look about him, like Joe Jonas and Taylor Lautner. Right now Ovechkin plays on the Washington Capitals NHL team, but you just never know when a hockey player might fall in love with a country singer and end up in Nashville.