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The Best Hockey Players of All-Time
In this article, we will be walking through the best hockey players of all time. Hockey has changed so much over the years and comparing players of different era is a very difficult task for any person. Would Gretzky still be a 200 point producer if he played against the big defense men the NHL has today? Or would he be the average 3rd line center? Is Sidney Crosby the most skilled player ever to play in the NHL? How many points would he put up if he played in the golden era of Mario Lemieux and Wayne Gretzky? These are only of few of the many question people have to think about when ranking these Legends.
13. Denis Potvin
Denis Potvin is one of the best defenseman the NHL has ever seen. He was the first defender to ever hit the 1000 point mark in a career. He was maybe just as good in the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs where he had 164 points in a 185 games which is amazing for a defender! He had a remarkable career and is considered to be one of the best on and off ice leaders. He has also won 4 NHL championships and won the Norris Trophy 3 times given to the leagues best defender.
12. Jaromir Jagr
Jaromir Jagr had a brilliant career winning 2 Stanley Cup rings with the Pittsburgh Penguins in '91 and '92. He had won the Art Ross Trophy 5 times as well as winning the Hart Trophy being the NHL MVP. Jaromir Jagr is considered the best puck handler the NHL has ever seen. Jagr had recently signed a 1 year-4.5 million dollar contract with the new and improved Dallas Stars.
11. Jean Beliveau
Jean Beliveau comes in number 11 on this list of the greatest hockey players of all time. He spent all of his Hall of Fame career with the Montreal Canadiens. He won a remarkable 10 Stanley Cups in 20 years and had a 1.08 point per game average. He was a speedy skater and considered a very classy man both on and off the ice. Jean Beliveau is a legend and will always be a legend of hockey.
10. Pavel Bure
Pavel Bure also known as the "Russian Rocket" is #10 on this and only one of two European players on the list mainly occupied by Canadians. He was one of the first Russian players to ever play in the NHL by getting drafted in the 1989 NHL Draft 113th Overall by the Vancouver Canucks. He then won the Calder Memorial Trophy in 1992 awarded to the rookie of the year. He was also named to the All-Star Team six times and won the Rocket Richard Trophy 2 times given to the player who scored the most goals in one single NHL season.
9. Ray Bourque
Ray Bourque was Boston's 8th overall pick in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft is the 8th best player to play the game of hockey he started his Hall of Fame career by winning the Calder Memorial Trophy for being the best rookie in the NHL with 17 goals, 48 assists, and 65 points in 80 games. He also won the Norris Trophy for being the best defense man in the entire league 5 times and served as a captain of the Boston Bruins for 15 years. He ended his fabulous career with 1579 points in 1612 games!
8. Sidney Crosby
Sid the kid is what what they are calling this uprising star who is being overwhelmed by injury as of late has still managed to make it to the top 10 on this list. Although his best years are still to come Sidney Crosby has broken many records in his brief time in the NHL like being the youngest captain ever to win the Stanley Cup and being the youngest player ever to put up 100 points on the score sheet in a season are only of the few highlights of his short time in the NHL. Sidney Crosby has won a whole truckload worth of Awards and Achievements besides these ones. Crosby still could potentially move up the list if he performs consistently through his career.
7. Nicklas Lidstrom
A player who recently hung up his skates and called his retirement after playing all his years for one team the Detroit Red Wings. He was named to the All-Star Team 12 times and won the Norris trophy 7 times! He also only ended with a minus once at the end of a season. Through a career with included 20+ seasons. He was a great skater and had a tremendous amount of vision.
6. Maurice Richard
He was the first person to ever score 50 goals in one NHL season doing it in the 1944-1945 NHL season in only 50 games! Richard was one of the early players in the NHL and really was wrecking NHL up at the time. This man had a great backhand and forehand and had incredible speed the main reason he was nicknamed "Rocket Richard"
5. Mark Messier
Winning the Stanley Cup 6 times, the Hart Trophy twice, and playing in 15 All-Star games was not expected for a 48th overall pick in the 1979 NHL entry Draft. He was 2nd after Wayne Gretzky for the most goals in NHL history with a astonishing 1887 points in his entire career! People may think I am crazy putting Mark Messier only 5th on the countdown. But, stats show Mark Messier only put up big points as a Oiler alongside Wayne Gretzky when he moved to New York to play with the Rangers his play radically declined because he stopped playing on the same line as legends like Gretzky.
4. Gordie Howe
Mr. Hockey also know as Gordie Howe was one of the early legends the NHL had produced by being the NHL's top scorer for 20 consecutive seasons and being on the All-Star team 23 times! Winning the Stanley Cup four times and Art Ross Trophy 6 times for leading the league in scoring. He was also the oldest player to ever play in the NHL at 52 years and 11 days and was the only player to play in 5 different decades. Gordie Howe is #4 on the list of best hockey players to ever play in the NHL.
3. Bobby Orr
Have you ever seen a picture of a hockey player flying through mid-air. Chances are that it is Bobby Orr. Bobby Orr without doubt is the worlds best defense in hockey by holding records for almost every offensive category among defense men and he also holds the record for the highest +/- record ever in the NHL with a +124 in the 1970-1971 season.
2. Mario Lemieux
Mario Lemieux was the 1st overall pick in the 1984 and was a player with great hands and a nose for the net. He has recorded countless 100 point seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins the only team he ever played for in his professional career. He won the Art Ross 6 times in his career and the Hart trophy 3 times. Mario Lemieux was truly one of the best players to ever play in the NHL.
Beautiful Goal by Mario Lemieux against North Stars
Now the best player in the game of hockey...........
1. Wayne Gretzky
With Bobby Orr at number 3 and Mario Lemieux at number 2 without any doubt Wayne Gretzky is the best player to ever play hockey. Gretzky leads the league in almost every offensive category and has over 2000 points in his career. He has won the Stanley Cup 4 times with the Edmonton Oilers. He set records for the most goals in one season with 92 and set a record for the most regular season points with 215 in the 1985-1986 NHL season. There was no doubt that Wayne Gretzky is the best player to ever play in the NHL. Don't even try arguing that Mr. Gretzky is not. He pretty much holds all the records in offensive category and lets face it. No one will ever get close to him ever in history skill wise.