Top 10 European Hockey Players

The greatest European ice hockey players of all-time!
The Top Ten
1 Jaromir Jagr

Best European hockey player by far. He has 1,638 points (659 goals and 979 assists) as of 02-12-2012. He is one of a small group of hockey players to have won the Stanley Cup, Olympic Gold Medal, and World Championship (Triple Gold Club).

Jagr received several awards and holds several NHL records such as: most regular season points by a European-born and trained player (1,638), most regular season points by a player born outside of Canada (1,638), most all-time regular season points by a European-born and trained player (1,638), most all-time regular season goals by a European-born and trained player (659), most all-time overtime goals (15), most consecutive 30-goal seasons (15), and most consecutive 70-or-more point seasons (16).

2 Teemu Selanne

Teemu Selänne is by far the best European ice hockey player ever. He's still a top 20 scorer at 41, and he's the all-time Olympic point-scorer. Also, Jari Kurri played with Wayne Gretzky, and Jaromir Jagr played with Mario Lemieux.

Teemu Selanne should be first because he is old but still in the top 20 in points. Finnish Flash is the hockey king.

He is still playing against the youngsters and doing really well.

3 Nick Lidstrom

What!?! I am not a fan or anything, but Nicklas is the third-best defenseman of all time, voted by the NHL PA. Jaromir is the 52nd forward, and Teemu is 49th, so Nick should be first!

Bobby Orr is the only one in front of him.

No knock against the top three, but Nick is a true legend. A Norris Trophy winner at age 40 is unheard of.

4 Dominik Hasek Dominik Hašek (born January 29, 1965) is a Czech former ice hockey goaltender. In his 16-season National Hockey League (NHL) career, he played for the Chicago Blackhawks, Buffalo Sabres, Detroit Red Wings and the Ottawa Senators. During his years in Buffalo, he became one of the league's finest goaltenders,... read more

There is no question that the Dominator is the best goalie of all time. He won six Vezina Trophies and two Hart Trophies, most of which came when he played for the Buffalo Sabres, who would have been horrible without him. He also became the first European goaltender to win the Stanley Cup.

There is no question Jagr is the best European to ever play in the NHL, but Hasek should be second.

5 Peter Forsberg

Great hockey player haunted by a foot injury. He is one of the few players to have won the Stanley Cup, World Championship, and Olympic Gold twice. He can read the game like no one else, and when he played healthy, he was as good as Lemieux and Gretzky.

The perfect all-around player. When fit, there was no one on the planet who could touch him. His size, speed, and strength were all great, but it was his sick stick-handling skills that made him truly elite.

Best player of all time. He didn't have a chance to show it for long, but when he was healthy, he dominated the NHL.

6 Vladislav Tretiak

Tretiak would have dominated against any of the greatest goaltenders of that time. He owned Ken Dryden, the best goalie in the 1970s, and the Canadians in the '72 Summit Series. His domination of the IIHF and Olympics was incredible. Greatest goaltender of all time.

Led the Soviets to 45 consecutive wins up until 1980 in the Olympics when the USA beat them 4-3.

7 Alexander Ovechkin Alexander Mikhailovich "Alex" Ovechkin is a Russian professional ice hockey winger and captain of the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League.
8 Jari Kurri
9 Evgeni Malkin Evgeni Vladimirovich Malkin (born 31 July 1986), nicknamed "Geno", is a Russian professional ice hockey centre and alternate captain for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Pittsburgh's second-line center is better than any other team's first.

10 Sergei Fedorov
The Contenders
11 Valeri Kharlamov

Kharlamov was the Russian Wayne Gretzky. What he did in his era and during his time on earth was incredible. He is the only skater to be elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame without playing a single game in the NHL. Like his teammate Tretiak, Kharlamov was a lost treasure in a time of greatness during the Cold War.

12 Mats Sundin

The only thing about the Leafs that was good.

Unlike Fedorov, Jagr, and Forsberg, he had no one else... Jonas Hoglund, enough said.

13 Peter Stastny
14 James Foster
15 Sergei Makarov
16 Pavel Datsyuk

Definitely Top 5. Jagr, Stastny, and Makarov are rated above him. He made people look silly, scoring 5v1 on a rush, dekeing everyone defending him. Nobody gives him credit for his outstanding defensive play, plus everyone's puck went missing? The magic man of hockey.

Top 5 for sure. He wasn't a goal-scoring machine all the time but made very high IQ plays along with some of the best stick handling. Pavel "Magician" Datsyuk.

17 Igor Larionov
18 Stan Mikita

One of the greatest NHL players.

He is number 17 on the top 100 NHL players of all time, has a HUT card of 94, made the curved stick, and is the highest-ranked European hockey player.

19 Sandis Ozolinsh
20 Jan Suchý
21 Borje Salming
22 Vladimir Tarasenko Vladimir Andreyevich Tarasenko (Russian: Влади́мир Андре́евич Тарасе́нко; born 13 December 1991) is a Russian professional ice hockey right winger currently serving as an alternate captain for the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League (NHL).
23 Jarkko Ruutu

All around great guy! Silky mitts and deadly shot!

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