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Best Hockey Players of all Time

Updated on April 20, 2017

Legends of the Hockey Rink

Mario Lemiuex of the Pittsburg Penguins was a great offensive and defensive player who had great stamina.
Mario Lemiuex of the Pittsburg Penguins was a great offensive and defensive player who had great stamina. | Source
Bobby Orr was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1979. His heart and determination on the rink were unmatched.
Bobby Orr was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1979. His heart and determination on the rink were unmatched. | Source
Wayne Gretzky is a living legend in the sport of Hockey. He is the King of the hockey stick. He could score in crucial moments with an unheard of calmness.
Wayne Gretzky is a living legend in the sport of Hockey. He is the King of the hockey stick. He could score in crucial moments with an unheard of calmness. | Source
Even at an advanced age Gordie Howe was an outstanding Hockey player. He was a fan favorite because he was outspoken and played with a chip on his shoulder and he always show plenty of heart.
Even at an advanced age Gordie Howe was an outstanding Hockey player. He was a fan favorite because he was outspoken and played with a chip on his shoulder and he always show plenty of heart. | Source
Bobby Hull was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1983 and his stats and accomplishments speak for themselves.
Bobby Hull was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1983 and his stats and accomplishments speak for themselves. | Source

Mark Messier

Mark Messier is a Hockey Hall of Fame Legend. He could play with finesse but he was just as happy banging head to head on the inside.
Mark Messier is a Hockey Hall of Fame Legend. He could play with finesse but he was just as happy banging head to head on the inside. | Source

Legendary Hockey Players

1. Wayne Gretzky: The Great One played pro hockey from 1978-1999 and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1999. Gretzky played 20 seasons in the NHL and he holds many of the hockey records including most points in a season with 200, most ever scores and the most ever assists. He won 4 Stanley Cup Trophies. His poise under fire was amazing and he never seemed rattled even when the game was on the line. He was even better under pressure. I never was a huge hockey fan but, even if not, Wayne Gretzky was such a great player that you heard his name on the news.

2. Gordie Howe: Mr. Hockey played professional from 1946-1980 with only a two year hiatus in between. He is the only player to play in five decades and he won 4 Stanley Cup Championships during his tremendous career. He was a true team player and he motivated his teammates and the fans every time he was on the rink. He was a fan favorite because of his intensity during the game and his puck handling was amazing. May he rest in peace. He passed away in 2016.

3. Mario Lemieux: Lemieux won two Stanley Cups as a player and he won a Stanley Cup as a owner of the Pittsburg Steelers where he played for seventeen (17) seasons. He is a gifted skater and one of the best at feints on the rink that left defenders confused. His skills and stamina were two of his best traits without a doubt but, he also has an intimate knowledge of the game and it's history. Lemieux would have been one of the best in any era of hockey and he was one of the best all around players you will ever find. In the annals of the sport it is hard to find a player as well rounded as Mr. Mario Lemieux.

4. Bobby Orr: Orr played in the NHL from 1966-1978 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1979. He is the best defenceman ever in Hockey. He is the only Defenceman to lead the league in points and he did it twice. Also he won a Stanley Cup and a Canada Cup in his career.

5. Bobby Hull: Hull played in the NHL from 1957-1980 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1983. He won the 1961 Stanley Cup and he was a ten time All Star and commonly known as the best Left Wing Hockey player to grace the ice.

6. Maurice Richard: The Rocket played professional from 1942-1961 and inducted into the Hall in 1961 upon his retirement. Richard won the Stanley Cup a record 8 times and his stick handling skills and will was second to none in this tough sport.

7. Mark Messier: The Moose was an aggressive player who played from 1978-2004 and he was Hall bound in 2007. He won six Stanley Cups and he was a four time All Star. He could play smooth with his puck handling but when rough house tactics came into play he was ready to rumble.

8. Doug Harvey: Harvey played professional hockey from 1945-1969 and was inducted into Hockey's Hall of Fame in 1973. He won six Stanley Cup Championships in his fabulous career on ice. He was named defensive player of the year seven times and he is considered by historians to be one of the top defencemen in Hockey history.

9. Red Kelly: Red Kelly played Pro Hockey rom 1947-1967 and he got the Hall call in 1969. Kelly won 8 Stanley Cup Titles and he was a good on defense as he was on offense. His checking and puck handling techniques were before their time. Kelly was a student of the game and it showed in the way he moved on the ice.

10. Mike Bossy: Bossy played in the NHL from 1977-1987 and went to the Hall of Fame for Hockey in 1991. Bossy won 4 Stanley Cups Titles and was known for his dramatic come from behind goals and overall motivation that he gave his teammates. A true fan favorite to say the least and even though he rarely started fights he sure never backed down from a scuffle.

* Please let me know who your favorite hockey player is and why by leaving your opinion in the comments capsule located at the bottom of this sporting article.

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Hockey is a very rough sport especially with the fighting involved. I feel that the safety precautions that have been implemented have helped curb injuries. Still their remains some enforcers who thrill in cheap shots which really degrade the integrity of the sport. The bottom line is it's as safe as it can really be and the players know the risk when they sign up for a job in the NHL.

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Logos from the National Hockey League. Hockey is a very physical contact sport and it can be really dangerous.
Logos from the National Hockey League. Hockey is a very physical contact sport and it can be really dangerous. | Source

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