Best Hockey Players of All Time
The NHL has retired just one number. No one in the league will ever don a #99 jersey again. I'd like to think they knew what this other-worldly talent did for the game. To try to expound on his accolades here would be redundant, as it seems many here know the true brilliance of this guy as a hockey player, and as a humble human being. Greatness of this level is not generational, or even once in a lifetime, in fact, I'm fairly confident they'll never be another hockey player with his skill set, ever. It was a blessing for me to watch his entire NHL career, and I fondly remember watching him play with much better hockey minds than me, guys way up in the NHL foodchain. We were all in awe of Wayne Gretzky, he hit the ice and we were silent, as there was a fairly good chance we would see something that had never been witnessed before. The puck on his stick almost certainly meant a scoring chance, those ridiculous point totals were not by accident. Hey, I'm just happy to be among those that ...more
''THE GREAT ONE'' Wayne Gretzky is really GOD disguised as a human! PERIOD.
It's that simple.
HOW ELSE can you explain his Legendary and PHENOMENAL Career?
Legend has it that after his retirement ... he spent an entire week meditating in the mountains ... a week later -- HE WALKED ON WATER!
Yep. That's the rumor ...
Legend has it that a few days later ... he killed 2 killer bees, with some old chinese chopsticks ... while blindfolded ... with one hand tied behind his back!
So, anyways ... back to HOCKEY!
Folks, if I can summarize and define Gretzky's career with just ONE word ... then the following word pretty much sums up everything:
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This list really doesn’t make sense because it is unquestionable. Not one person in the world can honestly say that they don’t think Gretzky is the greatest, because he is just so much better than everyone else. It’s no contest.
Okay. If you don't know who Wayne gretzky is, get a life, do some research, and pray that the hockey gods forgive you for your jawdropping cluelessness. You can name all the cups you want, all the team's you love, all the players you worship and defend with your life. But at the end of the day, all your precious players? Gretzky could have puckhandled his way through them all without a thought. Some guys get into the nhl from talent. Some guys are just really hard workers. But Gretzky? He was talented, and had thousands of hours more of practice over everyone else who ever played. That's why he was, and will always be, The Great One.
Orr revolutioned the game in a way no ever did- not Gretzky-not Howe-not Hull. I once heard this analysis from a respected NHL player who played against all those players. Howe could do everything but not at top speed. Hull would always perform at top speed but he couldn't do everything. Orr could do everything- and at top speed. Orr invented the offensive defenceman. Before he came along, 10 goals and 30 assists were considered big numbers. At his peak and while still reasonably healthy, Orr put up 46 goals and more than 100 assists. In an era when the game wasn't as wide open as Gretzky's era. Plus Orr played defense and played it as well as anyone. And he could fight he had to. A much more complete player than Gretzky. And arguably Orr's supporting cast wasn't as strong as Gretzky's. At age 27, Orr won his second scoring title, his final healthy season. If he had stayed healthy it's mind boggling the numbers he would have put up. Gretzky played till he was 38. All things considered ...more
We're talking hockey player here - not scorer - not play-maker - not skater. Saying Gretzky is the greatest player because he scored the most points is like saying Pete Rose is the greatest baseball player of all time because he got the most hits - or like saying McDonalds is the best restaurant of all time because they've sold the most hamburgers. Not taking anything away from # 99s accomplishments on the offensive side but he was soft to the point of being a liability when the other team had the puck - if he hit anybody it was a mistake - he was protected by the refs (I think you could get a game misconduct for scaring him) - Orr on the other hand did it all - better than anybody else and he did it at breakneck speed. In the 76 Canada Cup with knees blown out to the point that he had trouble walking up the stairs to the rink he was still the best player in the world. Bobby hands down
Bobby Orr could and did do it all! As a DEFENSEMAN, Orr was at the top of the charts offensively, winning the Art Ross trophy twice and being in the top two scorers several times. He was such a magnificent skater, he was able to get back and cover on defense, if caught up ice. Hockey aficionados in his era would jokingly state that the Vezina trophy should be given to Bobby, as well, because he blocked that many shots every year! No hockey player who ever lived was able to control all three zones like Orr. He could do everything that Gordie Howe could do, but at a faster speed. Bobby Orr also has the best plus/minus in NHL history! Cjl
So if your new to hockey and you are checking our stats and stuff you don't really recognize just how skilled bobby was. Yes, he won a crap ton of awards and he is in the hall of fame but it is more than that. He had skill,class,and awareness defensively and offensively. He bought a lot to the game of hockey in terms of setting a legacy for great offensive defenceman. I think he would of had pretty damn good stats had he decided to be a forward too! Always will be #1 in my mind because Gretzky has the stats to back him up but Orr will always have the class and skill to give himself a shot at being known as the best ever, even better than "the great one"
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
It is either Orr or Lemieux based upon pure skills alone they are both far better than Gretzky. If people were allowed to check Gretzky his numbers would have been different. If he didn't have protectors on his own team the same could easily be said. Plus, Gretzky's teams were FAR BETTER than Mario's and it was not mostly because Wayne made them better, they were better on their own than the Pens. Of course, everyone knows Wayne's records would have been matched at least if not surpassed if Mario had played longer and healthier. Imagine how many points he would have had in seasons he played hurt or sick. Not to mention the shortened career. Gretzky should be third. I would even consider Howe 3rd and Gretzky fourth. Howe was more physical and a better all around player, so was Mario. Orr changed the game and redefined defensemen. He made people chasing him look silly. All of the fastest skaters of the time admitted they feared having to try to keep up with him and even worse if Orr got ...more
Gritty, fast, athletic, and using a wicked shot makes Mario Lemieux "The Magnificent One." Overall, the best player ever. Super Mario has great stats, but some very serious life issues hampered what could have made him the statistical leader in more categories. Also, at times, Lemieux had below-par players around him and had to fend for himself. He responded by being the most exciting player to watch. With abilities that left him leagues ahead of competitors. Watch his old footage for yourself. Compare him to anybody then. It'd be hard to deny he was the best after seeing him in action in comparison with the other legends.
The top 3 on this list are the unquestioned 3, and you could pretty much argue for any order amongst them from 1-3. I believe it was Lemieux at the top, as he was the most incredible combination of size, strength, pure skill, and that rare and incredible hockey sense that only the very greatest are possessed of. If Mario had had the opportunities of Gretzky (not just the long and prosperous career in good health, but also to have played from the beginning on a team like Gretzky's 1980's Oilers) I think it's pretty clear and undeniable that the record books would have a different tilt.
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.
People tend to think that Gordie was just a guy who played a long time to get his numbers, but what you have to remember was this was a 6 team era when Gordie was at his peak, the talent he played again was not watered down, third lines on these teams would be good first lines in todays era and they played fewer games, Gordie still dominated and for that reason he is the greatest ever.
Best All around player ever...and..there is a record that will never be broken..Gordie Howe was in the top 5 in scoring for 20 straight years...Orr didn't even PLAY half that long...Gretsky never came close to that...I saw all the greats play...Gordie was the best
The Rocket was a great player, not top 10. 1 season he scored 50 goals when many of the players were off fighting in WW2, he had far more seasons of less than 30 goals than he had over 30. The Rocket's legend will live on and people will always remember him but his stats do not stand up to the other greats.
The rocket never got the recognition he deserved at the time. Lets not forget that when Maurice started his career, the nhl was on the verge of folding. He rejuvenated the interest in profesional hockey. Besides being a pure goal scorer, he was fearless and had a mean streak that struck fear in even the most feared fighters of the time.
Maurice Richard not only was an excellent player, but he had to endure the racism against the French-Canadians. He continually played brilliantly (like many others may have) BUT he also had another task; not letting the others get to him. It was a difficult time. Trust me, Richard should win, hands down, #1.
A true legend
He retired in 1960 and people still talk about him
A movie was made of his life.
Go read Ted Lindsay, his greatest opponent comments.
I summarize: if they play this game in a hundred years there will never be a player like Rocket
between the blue line and the net.
in a league of his own
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.
Possibly the best two way player of all time. His work ethic, hockey smarts, and leadership put him in the top 10 for sure. When looking and measuring his skill level, he seemed to excel in every facet of the game, his shot from in the slot was great as was his passing ability, they called him "Stevie Wonder" for a reason.
All-around talent, class, and commitment to the greatest hockey team ever. He was a hero to me and the rest of Detroit while growing up. Even at away games, Stevie would be cheered by their fans because they respected him that much. Now that's powerful, and speaks about the character of that man. The Captain.
Honestly I think Yzerman because not only did he bring good luck to the Red Wings, he was a great leader and lead the team to victory. He was kind and well mannered also a awesome at hockey. Our team was dead until they drafted the young healthy Yzerman!
Bobby Hull arguably could easily be a top 3 player, but one thing for sure he was the most exiting player to ever lace on a pair of skates, when Hull picked up the puck behind his net the fans at the old Chicago stadium would rise to their feet, it was one of the most exiting moments in hockey not many players then or now could had that effect on the fans.
"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.
Bobby Hull played Russians on WHA 74 team lead both teams in scoring. In 76 lead all teams in goals. When Montreal played the Russians the Canadians were considered the top team in the world game ended 3 to 3 tie, Winnipeg jets also played the same Russian team in that visit final score 5 to 3 for Winnipeg Bobby Hull scored 3 goals.
Hull tried to change the status quo of ownership over player rights both by holding out for fair contracts and by supporting an alternate league (WHA) but what he did was make many powerful enemies who have since managed to diminish his place in hockey history. Hopefully he will eventually be recognized as one of the best three players in history along with Howe & Orr and for breaking open the salary negotiation structure of professional sports. He may be the most important figure in hockey history although it came at a great personal cost due to the corporate greed and vindictiveness of the NHL owners.
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...
The best leader in hockey history. A great two way player. He admitted to adding extra padding in the playoffs because he would be hitting and getting hit more. He was one of the best amped stanley cup playoff competitors.
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.
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.
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.
Best Goalie in the History of the sport, and far to low on this list for someone who did so much.
He should be higher no one played goalie has well has him
Patrick Roy is amazing he's diffidently in the top 5 for goaltenders
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.
I'm not saying Jagr is one of the greatest of all time but I'm saying he should definitely be ranked higher. People need to start to realize that Jagr is one of the greatest ever, he is 4th in all time points and he is 23 points away from passing Gordie Howe for 3rd and even at 43 he still puts up about 50 points a year!. He is the most skilled player to ever play (maybe 2nd behind Datsyuk) depending on how long he plays for he might pass messier for 2nd in the end he is one of the greatest.
What a joke to put Jagr so low.. He must be in best 5 if not the best at all.. You can compare him with Gretzky. When Gretzky was skating around that time goalkeepers looked like a slimy boys and all the ice hockey style was about 'forget the defense just play offense' so that's way Gretzky and his fellas are so high with their points.. Ice hockey style changed since early 90s... and what a surprise.. Jagr started that time... so yeah, its joke have him lower then 3rd (at least)
Jagr won 2 Cups while riding shotgun for Mario Lemieux, but he never delivered in the playoffs when he was the leader of his team. This is the main reason Jagr, despite easily being one of the 10 most talented players ever, should be ranked outside of the top 10 in greatness.
There's nothing about the "Finnish Flash" I didn't like. He is one of those guys who is very good. Scored 50 goals in a season with the Winnipeg Jets. He also played against the great one Wayne Gretzky in a game. He got his 1000th point, 500th and 600th goal with the Anaheim Ducks. He won a Stanley cup in 06-07 and in that same year, he got the game winner in game 5 in Detroit. I am glad that the LA Kings did something nice for him before his last games. Teemu Selanne would (the next night) skate with his friend and former teammate JS Gigigure (who help the Ducks win their 1st Stanley Cup) on the rink.
It's amazing how he still can keep playing on such a high level - he must soon have some kind of record as a NHL pro in years. His dedication to icehockey is one of a kind. And it does not seem like anyone is going to break his rookie year record of 76 goals - and that was only a beginning.
The guy is past 40, and old man and still one of the best players in the world. Beast! Also comes from a great hockey country, Finland
I have never before seen offensive hockey as what Selanne did show at Olympics 2006. Truly amazing!
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.
A reliable and highly skilled centerman. Always a force to be reckoned with on the ice, he could move quickly for a big man, handle the puck, pass and shoot with great skill.
Belliveau should be rated higher, Crosby and Ovechkin do not have the years behind them to be even rated. Lets see were thet are in another five years
He was a real gentleman and a great player. He is somebody all hockey players should strive to be like.
Esposito and Orr dominated the scoring only Hull and Mikita could be compared. Esposito broke Hull's scoring record with 76 goals in one season and he was the best player on team Canada in 72 series. Maybe a top ten.
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.
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.
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.
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 pavel
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.
712 takeaways since 05-06. That's crazy. He's good in his own way, for some reason he usually seems to be overlooked. Now off to promote darren helm
Not best in terms of rankings but has a better control of the puck than even gretzky in my opinion
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.
Bossy is the best pure goalscorer of all time. 2nd player ever to score 50 goals in 50 games. Most people will say Gretzky or Richard, but when you look at pure skill it goes to Bossy.
No way he should be ahead of great goalies like Sawchuck/ Plante / Hall / Tretiak was the goalie who let the 3 most important goals in hockey history , when the NHL played the Soviets in 1972. The reputation of the NHL as the greatest hockey in the world was on the line. 3 games remaining all the Soviets had to do was win 1 game and they become the greatest players in the world. Here is the funny thing Paul Henderson who scored all 3 winning goals to save the reputation of the NHL is not on the list he is not in the HOF and for some reason Tretiak is on the list at #16 ( are you kidding ) and is in the HOF based on 8 games that he choked in when it really counted.
Vladislav Tretiak is the greatest goalkeeper of all times. It was a mistake to bench him in the OS 1980 semifinal against the USA (the "Miracle" game). This probably affected the USSR playing morals negatively and it boosted the USA team morale. If they hadnt benched Tretjak the USSR team would probably have won the OS and the title would have stayed in the USSR. However the young USA team won the game and they deserve the greatest credit for their fantastic efforts. And Herb Brooks too of course.
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 career
One of the greatest goal tenders ever. Stood on his head against Team Canada and other international hickey events.
Stan Mikita should be ranked much higher Team Canada 72 player 4 scoring titles numerous allstar selections rated below Patrick Kane maybe votong should be done by ERA as no way Mikita is 29
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.
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.
He holds every important record for goaltenders. He is the only person with over 600 wins, and no one will come CLOSE to his records for years. The. Best. Goalie. To. Ever. Play.
Brett Hull was a scoring machine 14 seasons he scored over 30 goals, 8 seasons over 40, 5 seasons over 50, 3 seasons over 60, 2 seasons over 70 and to top it off he had an 86 goal season second highest ever scored in one season. Add on 103 playoff goals and a stanley cup over time winner. Top 10 for sure
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 is an amazing player and a awesome person. I met him on 2 occasions, very friendly. Top in his field
Yeah this is a disgrace let alone Hull was the 4th fastest to 500 goals doing it in 693 games. and he's in number 41, lol
#30...Really? The players on this list have definitely left their mark on the sport of hockey, and I'm sure it's tough to rank, but Patrick Kane is unquestionably top 10 in the history of the sport - he has made some of the best defenseman and goalies that have ever played hockey look like amateurs..
Best American hockey player in history, hands down - he's only 28 with 3 stanley cups... Sidney Crosby has played 1 more year in the NHL than Kane, and has won how many cups? that's right, 1..
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.
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.
He should be higher on the list, as of 2016, otherwise, if he didn'tnput up the year he did this year, I would just leave him at 30 or lower. He souldn't deserve to be in the terrific 30.
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.
Whoever made this list, has no idea what they're talking about. Valeri Kharlamov is by far considered among the top 3 hockey players of all time.
Don't believe me, ask Wayne Gretzky and other great players.
In my opinion he is the best hockey player, because I saw many movies about him, watch all games and I... Liked it
Best player on the great Red Army team deserves a much higher ranking. Ask Dallas Smith.
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 got a rent a cup in Colorado, did he make people around him better, no he did not. Nick lidstrom was a far better all around player.
For all his stats & skill, he was not a good team captain.
#1! Best player on the ice, currently speaking. And definitely one of the best players of ALL TIME! Anybody that says different, or calls him a cry-baby, has no knowledge of the NHL and hate on him because he doesn't play for their team. I can guarantee, anybody who speaks negative about Crosby, would be wearing his jersey, cheering him on, if he played for their favorite team. Numbers don't lie. (stats) He also does a lot for his community, visits a lot of children's hospitals's, and gives a lot of kids hope. He has earned his spot on this list. Keep in mind, he's not even 30 yet. If he stays healthy, and keeps up what he's been doing since day 1, He will be #1
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
Sidney's skill on the ice I think amazes many people, and the fact that even after all the injuries he had that he came back and worked even harder for every game, he seemed to have thought through his errors and tried to fix them the next games... He even watches what he does wrong on DVDs of the past games and makes mental changes when he gets injured, and I think the hate between Sidney and Ovechkin is unnecessary considering they both have different methods on the ice...
Sidney is hands down the best player ever, no one will ever touch gretzkys records, but the game has changed significantly, if you could put sid back in the 80's and 90's with gretzky where he too wasnt allowed to be touched he woupd destroy gretzkys records, his 1st nhl year he got over 100 pts, add not being touched, shooting on bigger nets, with goalies half the size I'm sure hed push 300 pts also to play with ringers like messier, kurri, tikannen etc. There's no arguing the fact he is the best ever, his size, speed, strength on and off the puck, his hands, the way he sees the ice, shot power (especially his backhand... ridiculous) his work ethic, people who deny the fact he is the best either have no idea about hockey, or are biased or because he's a "baby", he's still maturing and the fact he is a baby shows where his heart is and his immaturity but does not take away the fact that he's the best, sid plays with a big heart, he's fearless, he's the first one in the corners and not ...more
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.
With Lemieux he ist he most natural hockey player and a real winner. He could smoke between period. To sad he sit on the Bench for a couple of seasons as a Rookie. Bossy was good but not like the flower. Flower was natural skills and talent.
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
Best player on the greatest team in North American team sports history period.6 50 goal seasons and the best combination of skating, shooting and passing ever.
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.
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!
Amazing player. Even more amazing team Captain. Every time he was on the ice he did a fantastic job. No idea how he could get rated so low on this list. Guy was a great player!
Worlds best defenceman ever. 5 Norris Trophies says it all, and he will take his sixth this season.