The second part of our recognition of some of the greatest hockey players that have ever lived includes more legendary luminaries of the ice. In part one we celebrated players like, Bobby Orr, Wayne Gretzky and Alex Ovechkin. In this concluding part we focus on five more players that makes a perfect ten. We start our list with a player who starred with the Detroit Red Wings and pulled them up from obscurity into one of the greatest teams of their time.
Steve Yzerman put Detroit back on the map as a hockey city and took the Dead Wings into one of the game’s most dominating teams. His claim to fame is to be the longest serving captain in the NHL and with his lead the Red Wings three Stanley Cups. Known to be classy both on and off the ice he was a genuine all-rounder and led by example.
Another class goalie with a glittering career that spanned an amazing twenty-one years. During his long career he won four Stanley Cups and four Vezina Trophies. Playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings he registered 447 career wins and an amazing 103 shutouts, a record that was not broken until 2009. It is said that keeping goal took its toll on Sawchuk and whilst playing he had a reported 400 stitches before he started wearing a face mask.
Known as the Rocket, Beliveau was a superb winger and he scored an amazing 500 goals and the first player to light up the lamp fifty times during a single season. His career with the Montreal Canadiens led him to win eight Stanley Cups. He was well known for being short tempered and he was actually cited as starting a riot in Montreal.
A tall powerful player but also highly skillful and fast across the ice. He played seventeen years for one team, the Pittsburgh Penguins where he won two Stanley Cups. Known as the Magnificent One, Lemieux retired and became the Penguins benefactor and the team’s majority owner. Three years later he guided the Penguins to another Stanley Cup as owner.
Beliveau won an incredible ten Stanley Cups, and is widely regarded as one of the best ever centers to play hockey. His record with the Montreal Canadiens was quite stunning, scoring five hundred and seven goals in his long career and was also given the League’s MVP twice. He was so good he did not have to wait the normal three years after he retired to enter the hockey hall of fame.
Jean Beliveau completes our blog of the ten best hockey players the world has ever seen, these ten great sportsmen have been from all eras of the game and have helped hockey to become a true international sport. Some of them have established records that is doubtful can ever be achieved again, and some have bought safety equipment to the game that was previously heard of. It is right and proper that these titans of hockey should be recognized.