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    Attractiveness in the National Hockey League (NHL) by O'Brien, Tyler James

    This paper investigates whether or not attractiveness plays a role in player salary in the National Hockey League (NHL). In this study equations are constructed with variables that attempt to explain why players make the money they do. Beauty is the variable of interest as it aims to find whether forwards, defensemen, and goalies benefit from being aesthetically pleasing. Studies show attractive people make more money than their less pleasing counterparts but no study proves this bias in professional sports. Results from the regressions are used to make conclusions on determinants of NHL player salary. The results show forwards get paid more for being beautiful, while defensemen get paid less for being attractive. Goaltenders salaries show no sign of correlation with good looks.