I identified the top 5 hockey players of all time using algorithms, spreadsheets, statistics and slide rules. Making fun of! Even the term “algorithm” is foreign to me. However, I play hockey well.
Therefore, I have compiled a highly subjective list of the top 5 hockey players solely based on my own strongly held opinions.
5. Maurizio Riccardo
The Book of Records has been rewritten by Maurice Richard, ‘The Rocket’. The right winger became the first player to score 500 goals and 50 goals in a single season. Maurice Richard won eight Stanley Cups during his 18 seasons with the Montreal Canadiens (1944, 1946, 1953, 1956–60).
He was also known for his violent behavior and aggressive play. His 1955 suspension for fighting, which made him a hero among French Canadians, led to fan riots in Montreal.
4. Mario Lemieux
Mario Lemieux was very fast and agile for a 1.9m tall man. He played for the Pittsburgh Penguins for 17 years, winning two Stanley Cups (1991-92) and scoring 690 career goals despite missing several seasons after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
The Magnificent One” retired in 1997 and two years later, after becoming majority owner of the Penguins, helped the team emerge from bankruptcy.
Before his most recent retirement in 2006, he played again for several seasons. Lemieux became the first person to win the Stanley Cup as a player and owner three years later when Pittsburgh won their second.
3. Bobby Orr
Bobby Orr is widely considered to be the best defenseman in the game, as evidenced by his eight James Norris Memorial Trophy victories (1968 to 1975), which set a record.
He became the first defenseman to lead the NHL in scoring while playing for the Boston Bruins in 1970, and was named league MVP three times, from 1970 to 1972. He also won two Stanley Cups, in 1970 and 1972.
2. Wayne Gretsky
Wayne Gretzky “The Great One” revolutionized hockey with his finesse and speed. Notably, Wayne Gretzky broke records by scoring an unprecedented 894 goals. He likewise captured four Stanley Cups with the Edmonton Oilers (1984-85, 1987-88) and was named NHL MVP nine (!) times (1980-87, 1989).
He helped popularize ice hockey in the United States after being traded to the Los Angeles Kings in 1988, paving the way for the expansion of the game.
Gordie Howe For you, this is “Mr. Hockey. “Gordie Howe won four Stanley Cups as a member of the Red Wings’ “Production Line” (1950, 1952, 1954–55), and his career goal total of 801 set an NHL record at the time.” Mr. Elbows” was known for more than just scoring goals; he was also known for playing him rough.
Unlike some players (cough, Gretzky, cough), Howe didn’t need a performer to fight his battles, not that I condone the fighting. He was the inspiration behind the “Gordie Howe hat-trick”, which was a fight, goal and assist all in one game.
Howe also played until he was 100 years old. He was actually 52 years old, which equals 100 years of hockey.