Top 10 Greatest Hockey Players of All-Time
Every hockey fan has some players that they believe are the best since time in memorial, and most of them will agree that there are players who will always top the list. I considered several factors while coming up with the list of the top ten hockey players of all time, which include their career information, their achievements, as well as the legacy that they hold. Below is the information that you need to know of the top hockey players:
1. Wayne Gretzky
Also known as, “The Great One,” Gretzky is the only hockey player to acquire 200 points in one season and a winner of three North America country cups as well as four Stanley Cups with the Edmonton Oilers. Gretzky has a record for the most goals in a single season as well as the fastest where he attained fifty goals that are rare to get. His has a record of 894 goals in total, and no other player has held the passion that he had in the game during his era.
2. Bobby Orr
Bobby had only ten seasons in the league, and it is quite clear that he would have had a great career if only he lasted longer. He is the only player to have won the Norris Memorial eight times and Art Ross Trophy in the same year. Bobby is the best defenseman in the history of hockey, won two Stanley Cups, and named the NHL MVP three times in a row. He had an excellent though a short career in the game.
3. Gordie Howe
Gordie could play any role in the field and was the toughest player in his era. He had 801 career goals in total while playing 32 seasons in both NHL and World Hockey Association. He won the Stanley Cup four times, six MVP trophies in one decade as well as other trophies and awards too.
4. Mario Lemieux
The player also called “The Magnificent One.” played in 17 seasons with 690 career goals. He won two Stanley Cups as a player and one as an owner of the Pittsburgh, Penguins. He is, therefore, the first to win the Cup as both a player and an owner.
5. Maurice Richard
Maurice used to play in the 50’s and 60’s, and he bagged eight Stanley Cups for the Montreal Canadiens. He was the first player to hit the 50-goal mark in 50 games.
6. Jean Beliveau
Jean won ten Stanley Cups while playing with the Montreal Canadiens. He has 507 career goals and holds the records for the first of the Stanley Cup in history. He joined the Hockey Hall Of Fame immediately after retiring.
7. Mark Messier
He has six Stanley Cups that he has won from two different teams where he was the captain. He is the second best after Wayne Gretzky on the NHL scoring list. He also scored 694 goals during his career. Messier has also received numerous awards and trophies.
8. Steve Yzerman
Steve earned three Stanley Cups during his era, and he takes position seven in the league’s scoring list with 692 career goals. In 2009, also got a naming to the Hockey Hall of Fame.
9. Bobby Hull
“The Golden Jet” is renowned for his good shot and excellent speed. He played fifteen seasons for the Chicago Blacks and one season each for Winnipeg Jets and Hartford Whalers.
10. Sidney Crosby
Crosby has scored 302 career goals and 551 assists plus 1 Stanley Cup. In his second season, he led NHL to score, and this earned him the position of the youngest player to have led a scoring at NHL. While he was a teenager, he won the Hart and Pearson trophies.