Best Hockey Players of All Time
The Top Ten
Simplest choice ever THE GREAT ONE is easily number 1.
Anyone who does respect it should walk off the face of the world
grezkey is the best hockey player cause he scored 521 goals in a row
I visited Gretzky's restaurant in Toronto last year. There is a very special room with jusy a few tables and each of the four walls has a single portrait which seems to suggest that Wayne holds these players in high reverence. Gordie Howe; Bobby Hull; Maurice "Rocket" Richard; Bobby Orr. Thanks Wayne - great room!
true - MrgoaleV 298 Comments
Orr was the only player in the history of the NHL to win the Art Ross Trophy ( Scoring title ) and the Norris Trophy ( most valuable Defenseman ), in the same year! He did it TWICE!
Also the only player to make the nhl as a 18 year old rookie during the original six teams ( 1966/67 ). Plus he would fight his own battles, block shots, made the other superstars look like ordinary players. The only way that he was stopped was they chopped his knees out from under him. Played nine seasons on 1/2 a leg and rest guts.
Orr was harder to shadow than a forward like Hull but he still ranks with Hull & Howe as the most complete player in the era of original six team play. Gretzky was the best specialist in history in the style of a Magic Johnson in NBA as a play-maker & in his ability to be in the flow of play. I would like to have seen an Orr or Hull surrounded by a team like the 80's Oilers to see what they could have done to the record books! We did get a glimpse of that in 1976 with the Canada Cup.
Orr was the greatest hockey player he changed the game he was 14 trying out for the boston bruins just 14 he was the greatest player in the game.
Best passer ever,puck seemed to act like a magnet to recepiant’s stick Never passed the puck to hard so recepiant couldn’t control. Deceptive speed, incredible playmaker!V 226 Comments
his shortened career was the only thing that kept him from beating all of Gretzky's records. He's at least just as good. - BKAllmighty
Simply the most skilled all around player who ever lived.
For many reasons, Mario is better than Gretzky, but I think Orr is first, Mario second. I am not even sure I would put Gretzky third and the simple reason is that I think the greatest hockey player should be not just who has the best stats but should be based more on talent along with stats of course. So here are my reasons: Gretzky had far better talent around him for more years than Mario did. Of course the injuries to Mario, prevented him from breaking the records, Gretzky admits to this. Mario was more skilled and more physical, Gretzky admits this too. Many point out how many assists Gretzky had which is certainly amazing, but obviously he would not have had all of those assists if the people he passed too can't score. That is the case with lots of great passers... Not enough skilled scorers on their teams, so the passes don't amount to anything. Gretzky was lucky to have many great players around him. Also, Gretzky played in a much less physical environment, as history shows... ...more
No one could stick handle like him. Not before or since.V 132 Comments
Greatest athlete in hockey. Played into his fifties! He was given room to set records because he manhandled players - not because he was protected. When Howe had the puck it was special like when Mantle came to the plate.
Howe had the unique ability to define how a game was to be played on any given night. Any style /speed his skill set allowed him to play any way the opponents wanted to play. Probably the one thing about Howe was that while he was the most dominant player he was not dynamic in the sense of the other great players. You had to watch him play over a period of time to witness how much bettor he was than his contemporaries. Their would be even a higher appreciation of his extraordinary skill set if there was video and or tape of him during his prime.
Scotty Bowman. You know him? At a luncheon he was asked who the best was and without hesitation said Howe. In an era of 5 decades, he defined the all around player. He could score, he could defend, he could pass, he could skate. The Russians when just starting to take ice hockey seriously, used Howe as their model. As far as Gretsky goals, look at the number of goals scored when Howe played and the overall number per game was far lower than in Gretsky's time. So, based on the lower totals, Howe scored more goals based on overall production.
He was and IS Mr HockeyV 66 Comments
Most people voting now never seen him play, so please go see some archives and just watch how he played and then you will see that he was the greatest
Most folks who are voting have never heard of, much less actually watched the Rocket play but believe me, there was no one more dominating or intimidating on the ice than Richard!
The most under rated player ever to have hit a Puck
Rocket Richard was so good! Probably behind Gretsky, but I'd rank him t2 with OrrV 45 Comments
Best player in the history of the game. He routinely draws 2-3, even 4 players on him at a time and still manages puck protection, goal-scoring wizardry, while engineering goals for his team. His ingenuity, athleticism and skill is mind-boggling. Check out this guy's highlight reels on YouTube and find someone better. You can't. Crosby is a once-ever talent. I followed him from youth hockey when he was an 11-14 year old kid dismantling 16-19 year old players. It was self-evident that he was going to become one of the greatest players of all time.
He beats my team every time but as I'm not a pathetic loser who claims the W/Ls of my team as my own personal achievement and bemoans the Ls as affronts to my ego, so I stomach the embarrassment and disappointment, because he puts on such a great show. There is something electrifying and viscerally inspiring about Crosby's play. He does things that no other player can do. He does things with guys hanging on his back, attacking his legs ...more
He is a awesome player he can score goals he is awesome at hockey
In todays game, the best and for anyone calling him a baby if you knew anything about hockey, you would know how strong this man really is. Crosby is the hardest working hockey player on the ice and that is what seperates him from the rest. He's a superstar and a champion!
He is my favourite playerV 233 Comments
He belongs at 3 or 4... Not 8... He's the 2nd best player ever on the best team ever The Detroit Red Wings
Steve Yzerman had something that Crosby will never have... Class! I will never say that Crosby isn't talented or doesn't deserve to be ranked high on this list but he can never be compared to Stevie, Wayne, Bobby or Gordie. I think a lot of people have voted based primarily on who currently on top and whos name they hear the most.
Yzerman is much better than Crosby and Ovechkin. Neither of them belong on this list.
He's not at 8 he's at 6 and detroit sucks,lol and he is in the right spot... just my opinion - MrgoaleV 33 Comments
Hockey's "Golden Age" according to the "Legends of Hockey" series was the 1960's. The "Original Six" era when Gordie Howe was still in his late prime and Bobby Orr was a spectacular rookie. Bobby Hull was named the "Player of the Decade" by the sporting press! I wish he had not jumped to the WHA in 1972 (his absolute prime) because he was on track to shatter all of Howe's records. His career even overlapped Gretzky's early career in the WHA and in the first game involving their respective teams, I read that Wayne's Mom said to Hull "don't you hurt my son! " During the 1972 Canada /Soviet series when Hull was not allowed to play for Canada I remember the billboards "To Russia with Hull" and how the NHL had almost lost the series due to their vendetta against Hull. The most dissapointment was expressed by the Russians themselves as Hull was the most idolized western player ever. During the 1976 Canada Cup the long awaited dream team was assembled and both Hull and Orr dominated the ...more
"The perfect mesomorph"--Time magazine, March 1, 1968. Had the fastest shot ever, his slap shot was clocked at 118.3 mph. His wrist shot was timed at 105.7 mph. And his backhand shot sailed along at only 96 mph. Fastest timed NHL skater ever at 29.7 mph with full hockey equipment on. The skates in those days were as heavy as lead weights. None of the modern players can touch those marks. Just think what Bobby Hull would do in todays game with the graphite sticks and lightweight skates that are now used. Not to mention the state of the art workout gyms that every NHL team has. Even though Hull had muscles growing out of muscles he never took steroids to get that way. And he was one of the most complete players ever. He didn't need a body guard to protect him.
Should be in the top five players on any list Hull played 23 years at a high level an scored 1,018 total goals. Three times in the old six team league he scored 50 or more goals.
Rocket Richard by contrast played 18 years, scored 626 total goals and only scored 50 goals once--in in 1944-45 when the competition was weaker because of World War II.
Bobby Hull scored 77 goals and had 65 assists at age 36 in the World Hockey Association competition that was at least as good as the Rockets. Richard was 23 when he scored his 50 goals.
As for Sidney and Alex being rated ahead of Hull it shows that modern fans really don't know very much about the Legends of Hockey. Alex couldn't cut it as a left wing anymore--that's why he was moved to right wing. Bobby Hull was the best left wing ever.
And Sidney isn't near the goal scorer that that the Golden Jet was. Nor is he better in other areas of the game than Bobby Hull.
These two present day players don't deserve to be rated above one ...more
Hull was the greatest player ever, he was a superstar. I think Bobby at 79 years of age in 2018 could strap the skates on and still score 50 goals.
He is the best goalie ever to walk on this earth - Bigtime11
I find it funny that on this same site, Roy isn't even ranked greatest goaltender of all time in the top 10 goaltenders (he's 2nd behind Brodeur), yet he's on this list and Brodeur isn't. Roy MAY have been slightly better than Brodeur at stopping the puck but Brodeur blew him out of the water in puck handling and passing. Also, if there's one stat that scared me about Roy, it was that he was below.500 in career games 7s.
He should be higher no one played goalie has well has him
He should be at the bottom of the list!V 24 Comments
This list is idiotic, nobody still playing in the NHL should be in the top 30 except for maybe Martin Brodeur certainly not Sidney Crosby or Alex Ovechkin, How could any of these guys be rated above Mark messier2nd all time in scoring and perhaps the best 2 way player of all time...
8 and 87 are not better. He should be 5th. 2nd all time in points. He has a award named after him and is the best captain to put on a Jersey in any sport. Gave the Rangers a cup with some help but come on the Mouse is better then sid and the great 8. And the great 8 still has not won a cup.
The Moose, The Messiah or whatever you want to call him, was the best leader of all time. During the Oilers era, Gretz admits he wore the C but Mark lead the team to victory. Messier has to be in the top 3 or at least 5.
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I wouldn't say he's the best of all time, but definitely the best player right now. There's no one you can compare with him... He's just amazing
I think he's the LeBron James of the ice hockey - Flomania69
Will people ever top comparing Crosby and Ovechkin? They are both very talented players but hey aren't the same in how they are talented. Ove Is not the Lebron James of ice hockey. Sid isn't the greatest to ever live. They're very, very, skilled. Amazing players. Out of the two I would just have to go with Sid. Only because of how much hate he gets for bing such a talented player, he shocks me of what he can do with te puck, every time.. Don't hate Ove at all though, he amazes me every time he hits the ice. But they aren't the same in how they amaze me, they shouldn't be compared in how they play, they both play very differently.
Simply amazing, I can't list all of the achievements he's done but he is so much better then sidney crysbaby
He is a beastV 127 Comments
SImply the best, putting him behind OVY is just a poor joke. I would put him into same level as Lemiuoux
What makes Jagr a top-5 player of all-time is his ability to succeed in the many changing eras of the game. It's nearly impossible to compare Crosby and Gretzky, given the evolution in rules, conditioning, goalies, etc.. But, here's a guy that managed to be successful across all of these eras. His lack of success without Mario wasn't a function of riding coattails as much as it was a team running dry on money and talent. It takes a team to win, not an individual. The prime of Jagr's career was spent with lackluster teams expecting him to carry most of the load. The greatest of greats had supporting casts, including Gretzky, Howe, Orr, and even Crosby. Let's face it, today's NHL is a young man's game and Jagr has found a way to stay relevant and successful in spite of it.
What?! The best European player all times in 15th place behind Ovechkin (yes, he is amazing, but he is still too young to compete Jagr), Sundin and Forsberg (okay, maybe it's equal with that guy)
The best off playerV 72 Comments
He was the heart and soul of Team Canada in the 1972 series with USSR. He was an outstanding center for the Bruins for 12 years and carried the team emotionally as well as with his on ice talent.
There are a definite top five iconic players in hockey who will always be considered the best: Gretzky, Howe, Hull, Orr, and Richard (with an honourable mention to Lemieux). But Phil was a cool cucumber, so I'm giving him my vote. - PetSounds
How is he good
One of only 4 players to top 150 points in a season, which he did in the 70's, a far less offensive era than the 80-90's when Gretzky, Lemuix, Yzerman all did it (also more than Jagr has ever got)
When he scored 76 goal in 70-71 it had never been done before. Second place that year scored 51, third place scored 44, Just to give some perspective he had as many goal as 6th +7th
place combined, that would be like scoring 73 goals in a season today.
He was the most dominant forward of his era. Period.
Jean Beliveau is too good of a player to be this far down. He should higher than Crosby and Ovechkin at the least. I don't think Crosby and Ovechkin deserve to be on this list, but Rocket Richard does.
No list of greats would be complete without Le Gros Bill.
He was a real gentleman and a great player. He is somebody all hockey players should strive to be like.
Why is he not in the top ten one the best canadiens in history! - B0S5J4M3SV 7 Comments
He is my choice. A dedicated player with great skills! He was a leader of the game, a comet-loke on skates and a sharp shooter. Every team mate he had became a best player with him
Definitely should be in top ten. He was a game changer and dominated the league for four years as the best player in the world - check your history. It seems everyone forgets that Lafleur was a playmaker not just a goal scorer. He consistently got many more assists than goals and made everyone around him better.
pppppppfff guy lafler was a fifehudered goal scorer and got at leest then a point every game you dont even need to say to ten
the bossV 5 Comments
Bourque didn't make the people around him better? Please note that Adam Oates played 3 seasons with Brett Hull assisting on most of his 70+ goals during each of those 3 seasons, yet Oates still got his highest career point total (142) as a Bruin, playing in front of Bourque (keep in mind, this was 92-93 and Neely missed much of that season due to injury).
Ray Bourque is the leading defencemen of all time, and 11th overall for all skaters points of all time (and that's as a defencemen)! Definitely one of the best.
He is a great player who never gave up
For all his stats & skill, he was not a good team captain.V 1 Comment
How many rules did the NHL change for Patrick Roy? Did Marty ever pout like a baby and quit the team - wrecking an organization and their ability to win for decades? People keep talking about how Marty won because of the team around him. Look at Roy's teams... they weren't slouches. Patrick was a true pioneer and gifted as a player, so he should be on this list. But, not higher than Marty. Stats don't lie.
He was the best goalie of all time. Who has the most wins as a goalie? Marty. Who has the most shutouts? Marty. Games played? Marty. He even had a rule made because of his style of play. He is simply the best goalie to ever play the game. Yes, Roy is good, but not as good as Marty!
Good goaltender, but he also had great defencemen in front of him, and played in a clutch and grab system that was accepted back then. Patrick Roy was a much better goalie. Just look at what he did in Montreal. Singlehandedly won cups for montreal.
The bestV 9 Comments
Last year one of his best seasons! And he will continue to play at least one more year.
Even if he is very old player, he can still keep playing at the same level. GREAT! ONE MORE YEAR!
He has the Rockie record and he's 40 year old and still one of the best! that says it all!
goodV 19 Comments
Peter Forsberg at his best was the best player the world has ever seen, the most dominate in perhaps the most physical era of hockey.
A complete player with humongous stick control, skating speed that beats the most, great pass and checking capabilities
What could you say, one of the best, probably the best technique of all time. Huge scorer of the game. Great leader and role model
Skill level unparalleled, compete level unrivaled. The most complete, dominant player I've ever seen.V 42 Comments
Datsyuk wrecks like no other player in the league today just watch him in the shootout he makes all-star goalies cry for their mommies
How the hell is this guy last on this list, his puck control is amazing
Paval datsyuk is probably one of the best hockey players of all time because he is an amazing shooter he makes the best plays and his puck control is amazing even better than others in the top ten.
Smartest hockey player of all time hands down no contest. Unbelievable defense along with the best hands the league has ever seen and barely takes any penalties. we will never see another player like pavelV 16 Comments
Bossy it at least top 10. He had over 500 goals in less than 1,000 games in his career. If he continued his insane pace, he would be been the highest goal scorer in NHL history. It wouldn't have been that high, but it would have been much higher. He was always one of the best players in the league and I still stand by him being underrated.
I can see people rating their fair share of people above Mike Bossy. But not this many. He's AT LEAST top 10 material. Holds the record for most goals per game all time, and even the Great One's goals per game doesn't threaten his record. So ranking Ovechkin 7th and Bossy 33rd makes absolutely no sense.
Mike Bossy had "the touch". No matter where he was near the net, he could turn and spin, and know exactly in his mind where the open corners were. He feel around the net was second to none.
One of the Top 3 pure goal scorers to ever play. 50+ in his first 9 seasons will never be duplicated. Only his bad back could stop him.V 17 Comments
In my opinion joe sakic should be higher in the list if you compared him to the players in the list. He is better hockey player than Steve Yzerman.
- When he got to cross over the blue line he just blueberry everything and everybody.
Probably the greatest player ever on an international stage, and just talking NHL he's still well above half the people on this list
he's speddy and he finishes his playes so efortly - koolkat
Amazing player, helped to gain Canada it's 1st Gold in over 50 years on the international stage. Should be at least top 10 if not in the top 5.V 3 Comments
Vladimir is good goalie have state Soviet union constitution Russia.
One of the greatest goal tenders ever. Stood on his head against Team Canada and other international hickey events.
The most creative and innovative goal keeper of the Soviet team.
He has earned so many awards even though he was in the Soviet "Cage" he taught the many great goaltenders such as Dominak Hasek. Shame the Cold War was happening in his careerV 2 Comments
Malkin has a great amount of talent and will a great player to help his team.
Has all of the stats on his side. Personally I don't like him, but he's one of the best and deserves to be there
Evgeni malkin is a beast he scores goals gets assists and big hits one of best ever
He is a babyV 8 Comments
First European-trained Captain ever to win the cup, seven Norris trophies (second best in NHL history only behind Bobby Orr), flawless defensive positioning at every turn, four Stanley Cups. Perhaps the best player as far as defensive ability in history; it is incredibly hard to qualify the abilities of a defenseman with quantitative values, but his incredible talent, positioning and just plain intelligence render him number ten. - nobody11
You people are crazy rating this guy 20th! He has 7 Norris Trophies! An Olympic gold medal, 4 Stanley Cups, 12 time All-Star, Conn Smythe Winner, a 450 career +-, A blue line threat, and in my opinion, the best defensive player in the history of hockey. How can anyone put, Peter Forsberg, Mats Sundin, and in my opinion Alex Ovechkin in front of this man. None of those players could even win! Ovechkin plays defense about as well as Carmelo Anthony. People are crazy!
Worlds best defenceman ever. 5 Norris Trophies says it all, and he will take his sixth this season.
He had such presicion with those longshots!V 5 Comments
The most skilled goaltender of all time. Didn't win as much as Roy. Therefore I'd have Roy as the GREATEST goaltender of all time, but based on pure skill alone, Hasek beats all. Played on not so great teams much of his career and was getting save percentages each season that was miles, MILES ahead of the average at that time.
I wouldn't have the "Dominator" ranked 12th. I would have him 10th. changed the way the position is played. Yes better than Patrick Roy. Roy was on two Good teams.
dominick the dominater stones you every time he'll always be a legendary golie
What the heck?! Hasek is at least 25thV 12 Comments
Great in shootouts, reliable in the playoffs
Why is he 29? Kane deserves to be in the top FIVE! He is part of a team that has won the Stanley cup six time, and I bet most teams can't even match that.
Best player of all-time he's my feet second best player and I love him
Three things.1,he got the goal overtime vs the flyers. 2,he was the first American to win the art Ross trophy. 3 Crosby had 89 points in 2015-16 season. Kane, on the other hand, had 106 points.V 24 Comments
I thought he would have ranked top ten. I mean he was the Russian team force in the 70's. Bobby Clarke had to be missioned to break his ankles to stop him in 1972 summit series. Any NHL franchise would have loved to have him as their top pick.
Best player on the great Red Army team deserves a much higher ranking. Ask Dallas Smith.
Since he was the best and the most charismatic player in the USSR super team of 1972, that fact speaks for itself
Top 5 of all timeV 3 Comments
If he's so good why would he leave the NHL?
The best sniper in my opinion
He left the NHL because he was to good for it.
He always fartsV 2 Comments
Belongs in the top 100. I always enjoyed watching him play. He was always a threat, but he should be lower in the list.
Biggest heart greatest leader! Messier doesn't hold a candle to Lanny!
Lanny should be higher - Mike bossy
He sucksV 1 Comment
He had a short but colourful career. Not sure he is one of the best goal tenders/players ever. I love the guy, but honestly, feel he belongs below 50, an maybe below 75.
Should be a top 10 player. He is a hockey legend, winning the Hart trophy twice, the Art Ross trophy twice and the Lady Bing twice (at one point he was one of the most heavily penalized Hawks due to getting into scraps - he was a great fighter for his size and could take on an opponent 30 pounds heavier than him and make him feel sorry he took the challenge. One of the NHL's greatest snipers.
I VIEWED THIS TOP TEN LIST AND DID NOT SEE STAISH ON IT. IS THIS A JOKE! BLACKHAWKS ALL-TIME POINT GETTER. NUMBER 21 IS AN ALL-TIMER. STAN THE MAN! -
I saw Mikita play one time in toronto, what a player and that was at the very end of his career, this guy is a top 10. I thought he won the scoring title 4 times at one point Hull and Mikita / Orr and Esposito dominated the NHL scoring. Mikita was also a class act did the NHL proud.
Top 10 playerV 1 Comment
It's a joke that he is this high, right? I mean come on. He is not even top 100 yet. He is talented and young, but he is not there yet.
Stamkos might not be top ten but is one of the best snipers of today
I like you stamkos by Kyle Dooley
Best player in league 2017-18 season.V 14 Comments
Probably closer to top 20... took Carolina to a Cup final... I mean! Carolina? Total class like Beliveau on and off the ice.
Top 4 player COME ON
new start with the sharks - SOCCER123
Probably the most intimidating Defenseman of all. Showed true grit, toughness, heart, and he could score goals. A true legend
Simply the strongest defenceman that ever played.
When John Ferguson got in a fight with Horton he said that Horton got him in a bear hug and he heard crackling noises, which turned out to be his ribs cracking.
Tim was huge in helping Toronto win many Stanley cups in the 60's. His hip check made players get rid of the puck before they confronted him.
I love anyone that can make a good donut
He played hockey and made doughnutsV 1 Comment
Over-rated at #37. He belongs near the lower part of the top hundred or lower.
He was so dedicated that even after he died he kept on playing as a ghost.
Was to young to die :-(
joe thornton is the best to ever play for the sharks - 70072
He is a superstar in the NHL and San Jose.
Should be higher then most of these players shol be in top 15
Where is Pav at?V 2 Comments
He was not a phenom like the others but he not only stoppd the puck he scored it. He is the only goalie to actually shoot it into the net twice.
Kickass goalie, took it to a whole new level, while keeping his offense with plenty of penalty minutes for fighting. No other goalie has had as many fights while still keeping an amazing save record
He doesn't like god
I love Ron Hextall.I think he deserves to be number 1V 2 Comments
Best passer ever
Scott Stevens sets great examples of leadership and scoring abilities... the best of the best.
This is a disgrace! Whomever made this doesn't know anything about stats. Hull is in the top ten. Second all time in goals.
brett hull wasn't a lemieux but hall of famer 110%
Brett is an amazing player and a awesome person. I met him on 2 occasions, very friendly. Top in his field - Johnnyt800
Slap hot failerV 6 Comments
More dangerous than most centers on this list. Barry sanders on ice.
Are you kidding? Better than Bure, Toews, Price, Lundqvist, and his own teammate, JOE THORNTON?
He is skilled
Should be in top 20 with his skill
Mr. San Jose
In my opinion it is one really great player and he should be in at least 50s top hockey player!
Best Swedish player of all time
Fantastic player. When he goes for a shorthanded goal, you know its going in.
He is a slovakian player, not swedish!V 5 Comments
Not a top 50 player
Awesome player, great leader, playmaker, and a good scorer when needed. He wins the big games and always gives his all.
He IS the best leaf ever! He was the team! Also, in my opinion was one of the most talented players to play the game.
Mats never won a scoring title or a Stanley Cup. Consider that before you put him in the top 25, never mind top 10. Any of you Leaf fans hear of a guy named Joe Sakic? You should have heard of him because you chose Luke Richardson over Joe in the '87 draft.
The bestV 10 Comments
2 Golds 1 silver,long time Soviet captain and payer from Red Army and CSKA 9-time world Champ
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