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.

Keen hockey fans looking to get more bang for their puck should realise that in ice hockey, the understanding of the available options as well as the preparedness to put in comprehensive research are key. In hockey, you have quite a few betting options which include wagering on the correct score, the winner or even the number of goals. Then there is still the least familiar option, the points spread bet, one in which one team as to win with a specified number of goals and the bettor need to predict the overall number of goals.

Legal Sports Betting in the USA

Ice hockey is a thrilling, fast and even at times violent sport, great to wager on and with lots of international and league games taking place in Europe, Canada and North America it is one of the most exciting sports. Canadians love hockey and know how to put this love into real money online bets, while the US is as hooked on ice hockey since the NHL comprises of twenty-three teams from America and plus an additional seven from Canada. When it comes to legal sports betting in the USA and Canada, provinces in Canada can run sports betting lotteries. The criminal law in Canada section 207(4) (b) makes it clear that governments are permitted to run lotteries but cannot allow bets on single sporting events, while the Gaming Corporation and the Ontario Lottery does offer ProLine and sports betting, bettors need to wager on parlays and multiple events.

US Sports Betting Revolution Finally Set into Action

Sports betting enthusiasts might be disappointed that geographic limitation will still play a role in the US, and when it comes to online sports betting it might be a case of plug-and-play. Casinos largely depend on their partnerships with established third parties such as IGT and Scientific Games. Companies with years of online sports experience internationally are trusted to set up their online operations, which might minimise the learning curve, and several have traditional sports betting product just waiting in the wings.

With the US opening-up, the sports betting market many interesting options could await sports bettors in Nevada. What most bettors expect is that the infusion of sophistication and the increased competition will offer fuller in-play options in which wagering on games will be possible from your mobile while watching the gaming action in real play.

Future of Online Sports Betting in Canada and the US

The technological gap will close quickly in America after the Supreme Court ruling. It will set off a chain reaction of events that will most surely revolutionise the online sports betting industry in the US. Odds are that the Canadian sports betting market will play catch-up, but experts warn that sports enthusiasts should not expect that sports betting will be available everywhere any time soon.