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NHL players celebrate Mother's Day on social media

Duchene, Subban, others show love for hockey moms through Twitter, Instagram

by NHL.com @NHL / NHL.com

Playing hockey, let alone reaching the NHL, doesn't come without its sacrifices and nobody knows that better than a hockey mom.

NHL players took to social media to show gratitude and express love for their own this Mother's Day.

Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene got the ball rolling early Sunday:

Tweet from @Matt9Duchene: Happy Mother's Day to my mom and the rest of the @HC_Men 's moms back in Canada! Sorry for getting you up so early this morning ����

Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban, who was named one of the three finalists for the NHL's Foundation Award last Tuesday, tweeted a picture of his mother:

Tweet from @PKSubban1: Happy Mother's Day! pic.twitter.com/kxbTLfAuGE

Nashville Predators center Mike Fisher posted a picture including his wife, Carrie Underwood, and mother on Instagram. Underwood gave birth to the couple's first child, Isaiah, last March.

Tweet from @mikefisher1212: Very blessed to have these 2 strong, beautiful and Godly Moms in my life! #happymothersday https://t.co/qawylIv7bJ

Fisher has five goals and seven points through 12 games in the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs, including the winner in a 4-3 triple-overtime victory against the San Jose Sharks in Game 4 of the Western Conference Sound Round on Thursday.

Predators defenseman Roman Josi followed Fisher's lead with an Instagram post of his own:

Tweet from @rjosi90: Happy Mother's Day to this beautiful mom������ https://t.co/qxr4Wj5tJW

Josi has averaged 28:24 of ice time per game in the playoffs.

Chicago Blackhawks captain and three-time Stanley Cup winner Jonathan Toews put his Twitter, which he created last February, to good use:

Tweet from @JonathanToews: Bonne F��te des M��res Maman! Happy Mother's Day Mom! A hockey player has no chance without your love and support. Thank you! #MothersDay

Columbus Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno included a popular quote in his tweet: 

Tweet from @NickFoligno: "Mothers hold their children's hands for a while. But their hearts forever!" Happy Mothers Day to all the amazing mothers out there! ����

New Jersey Devils defenseman Adam Larsson congratulated teammate Jordan Tootoo and his wife on the recent birth of their first child:

Tweet from @AdamLarsson3: Happy Mother's Day to them all! Enjoy your first mothers day the @Jtootoo22 family!#congrats

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