Greatest Players in NHL History

From Eddie Shore to Bobby Orr with a Rocket in between, the NHL has had some bright stars.


10. Eddie Shore was a mean defenceman and one of the league’s first big stars. 

9. Bobby Hull terrorized goalies with his deadly slapshot.

8. Jean Béliveau played at a high level, with the dignified presence of a great statesman.

7. Doug Harvey was a smooth skater who did it all on defence.

6. Many call Mark Messier the greatest leader in hockey history.

5. Maurice “The Rocket” Richard was the first player to score 50 goals in a season and remains a Francophone icon. 

4. Mario Lemieux dazzled with quite possibly the most natural ability of anyone who ever played.

3. Gordie Howe could score, he could hit and he kept doing it all into his 50s; that’s why they call him “Mr. Hockey.”

2. Bobby Orr, “Number 4,” changed the way the game is played with his attacking style from his defence position.

1. Wayne Gretzky scored more goals and points than anybody in NHL history. In fact, “The Great One” has more assists than anyone else has points.