Making a list of the world’s greatest anything is always subjective, it is a certain point of view. However, with hockey players there are statistics that can help support your case as well as world opinion polls to take into account. In this blog we present who are commonly known as the best hockey players that ever lived, one or two may be missing but the ones here cannot be disputed.
Ovechkin started playing in his National Hockey League with the Washington Capitals in 2005. During his career he regularly appeared on the leaderboard as top scorer, and won the Maurice Richard Trophy an amazing five times for most goals scored. Alex Overchkin also has been recognized three times with the Hart Memorial Trophy as MVP in the NHL. His colorful personality also endeared him to his fans and he was well known for his jokes and lightheartedness.
One of the most famous goalkeepers of all time, Jacques Plante was credited for bringing the face-mask into hockey. The Montreal Canadien was almost maimed when he was hit by a puck and needed 21 stitches for the wound. Unbelievably the story does not end there, the team did not have another goalie on the bench so he returned to his goals but only if he could wear a mask. As a player he was a top goalkeeper, and he helped Montreal to win five consecutive Stanley Cups, and he won the Vezina Trophy an amazing seven times to recognize him as the best goalie in the league.
Nickname the Great One for his speed and finesse, he was the first hockey player that was famous all around the world. His records laid down in the sport were of the highest caliber and he did not just break records that had been standing for decades, he smashed them. He also won four Stanley Cups with the Edmonton Oilers and was actually nominated nine times as the National Hockey League’s MVP. There is no doubt that Gretzky helped make hockey into the global sport it is today.
No compilation about hockey players would be complete without Mr Hockey, aka Gordie Howe. His amazing 801 career goals set the bar for all players to achieve that standard, and he was a member of the famous Red Wings Production Line. He was widely known as a tough competitor and had a gritty style of play to his game, his claim to fame was the Gordie Howe Hat Trick, which was a scoring a goal, an assist and a punch-up all in the same match.
An incredible defenseman that is supported by his record of receiving eight James Norris Memorial trophies while playing for the Bruins. As a defender he was the first to lead the NHL for scoring and was also named as MVP three time by the NHL. These five players are among hockey’s great elite, they are the royal family of hockey players who together have rocked the sport with their skill and their records.