10 Best Ice Hockey Players of All-Time

Want to know the best ice hockey players of all-time?  Well look no further than this solid list which outlines the few players who can call themselves elite.  

  1. Wayne Gretzky – The Great One recently lit the Olympic torch last week and represents all that is hockey.  His 894 goals still stand as the all-time record making him the best hockey player of all-time.  
  2. Mark Messier – Second to only Gretzky in all-time scoring, Messier compiled six Stanley Cups in his 24 year career.  Combine that with two Hart Memorial Trophies, two Lester B. Pearson Trophies and a Conn Smythe and you have your second best hockey player of all-time.  His 694 goals and 1887 points aren't too shabby either. 
  3. Gordie Howe – Howe defines the goal scorer in the NHL playing 25 seasons.  All but one came with the Detroit Red Wings where he amassed an impressive four Stanley Cup Championships.  Howe also won the Art Ross Trophy and Hart Memorial Trophy six times.  Before the likes of Gretzky and Messier, most referred to Howe as the best player of all-time.

  4. Ron Francis – What can you say about a 23 year career and almost 1800 career points?  Hall of famer.  Francis won the Lady Byng Trophy three times, the Frank J. Selke Trophy and King Clancy Memorial Trophy as well as two Stanley Cups over his illustrious career playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Toronto Maple Leafs and the Carolina Hurricanes/Hartford Whalers franchise.  

  5. Marcel Dionne – Dionne made a name for himself as a prolific goal scorer for the Red Wings during the 1970s.  His 731 career goals and 1771 career points rank favorably amongst the all-time greats.  The greatest hockey player to never to win a cup also played for the Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers before hanging up his skates with 18 years of NHL service. 

  6. Steve Yzerman – Known as the captain in Detroit, Yzerman led the Red Wings to three Stanley Cup titles over 22 seasons.  Falling just shy of 700 goals, the center from Cranbrook, British Columbia helped represent the powerhouse of the 1990s and early 2000s.  He boasts 1755 career points while winning the Conn Smythe Trophy, Frank J.Selke Trophy and Lester B. Pearson Trophy during his career easily making him one of the best hockey players of all-time. 

  7. Mario Lemieux – Lemieux played 17 seasons in the NHL but showed potential to be the best hockey player or all-time.  With 690 career goals and 1723 career points he holds a place in the top ten but some argue could be the greatest ever to play the game if he never received Hodgkin's lymphoma.  Due to extensive radiation treatments he could not play numerous seasons but still won the Art Ross Trophy six times, the Lester B. Pearson Trophy four times,  two Conn Smythe Trophies and two Stanley Cups.  

  8. Joe Sakic – Sakic retired last season after an injury plagued 15 game season.  Similarly to Jagr and Esposito he won two championships but did so for only one franchise, the Colorado Avalanche/Quebec Nordiques.  Over his 20 year career Sakic potted 625 goals and 1641 points.  He also won the Conn Smythe Trophy,. Hart Memorial Trophy, Lady Byng Memorial Trophy and Lester B. Pearson Trophy during various points in his career.

  9. Jaromir Jagr – Jagr played 12 seasons in the NHL before leaving after the 2008 Stanley Cup playoffs for the KHL.  During his excellent career he amassed over 600 goals and 1599 total points playing with the Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers and Washington Capitals.  A five-time Art Ross Trophy winner, three-time Lester B. Pearson Trophy winner, Hart Memorial Trophy winner and two-time Stanley Cup Champion deserves mention amongst the big boys.  

  10. Phil Esposito – Esposito played for the New York Rangers, Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks.  He played 18 seasons in the NHL, registering over 700 goals and 1590 points. A two-time Stanley Cup Champion, five-time Art Ross Trophy winner, two-time Hart Memorial Trophy winner and three-time Lester B. Pearson Trophy winner proves exactly why Esposito should be considered an elite hockey player. 

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