Utilizing slide rules, statistics, spreadsheets, and algorithms, we have finally determined the world’s best hockey players of all time. Below, you will find the top hockey players in the world starting with number 1 and working our way down.
1. Gordie Howe
Gordie Howe boasts with an incredible 801 career goals which was quite a record back in the day. He was a member of the Red Wings and managed to win 4 Stanley Cups in 1954, 1955, 1952, and 1950. Apart from being known as a scorer, he was also renowned for his gritty play. He managed to inspire the Gordie Howe hat trick consisting of an assist, a goal, and one fight per game.
2. Wayne Gretzky
With his amazing speed and finesse, Gretzky managed to revolutionise the game completely. ‘The Great One” shattered records that were standing for the longest time, scoring a total of 894 goals. He also managed to win 4 Stanley Cups while playing for the Edmonton Oilers and was also awarded MVP a total of 9 times.
3. Bobby Orr
Widely considered the best defenseman when it came to ice hockey, as evident by his 8 James Norris Memorial Trophy victories from 1968 to 1975. While playing for the Boston Bruins, Bobby Orr was the first defenseman to lead in scoring within the NHL in 1970 and was also named MVP a total of 3 times. In addition, he also won a total of 2 Stanley Cups.
4. Mario Lemieux
Although he was 1.9 meters tall, he still managed to display great agility and speed. Throughout his 17-year career with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Lemieux won a total of 2 Stanley Cups and scored a staggering 690 goals in his career despite missing several season after he found out his was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma.
5. Maurice Richard
Known as ‘The Rocket’, Maurice Richard managed to rewrite the record books during his prime. He was the first player to score a total of 500 goals and was the first to light the lamp a total of 50 times in just one season. While playing for the Montreal Canadiens for 18 years, he managed to win 8 Stanley Cups and was well-known for his temper and aggressive playstyle.
6. Jean Beliveau
Widely known as one of the best centres in the game of ice hockey, he managed to win 10 Stanley Cups while playing for the Montreal Canadiens. He scored a total of 507 goals back then in his career and was named MVP twice in 1956 and 1964.
7. Terry Sawchuk
Considered the best goalie in the NHL of all time, Sawchuk enjoyed playing ice hockey for 21 years and managed to win a total of 4 Stanley Cups, one while playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs and three while playing for the Red Wings. He also managed to register a total of 447 wins in his career, including an impressive 103 shutouts which managed to stay a record until 2009.