The National Hockey League is pretty old, almost a century old as a matter of fact. There aren’t many left who have been around since it first started. Yet, ever since the early days of the league, many legendary players have come and gone. Many fans discuss who truly was the best among the rest to this very day. While the list we’ve compiled may not be to everyone’s liking, we felt that these were the guys who truly changed the game forever and solidified their statuses as the all-time greats of hockey.
When he first started out in the leagues, he was already packing quite the offensive artillery. He had broken the 100-point plateau six times already. With his leadership skills, he would eventually help his team, the Detroit Red Wings, capture the Stanley Cup three times. He ended his career with a staggering 692 goals.
He is considered to be the best Toronto Maple Leaf player of all time. He had played 19 seasons in the NHL with the Leafs, Wings and Canadians. He had netted 533 career goals in total. He had also paved the way to victory towards the Stanley Cup 6 times.
This guy’s an all-time leader in scoring while positioned as a defenseman. Isn’t that truly impressive? He’s also won 5 Norris trophies and a Calder trophy. So, how is he not on the top of this list? Well, it doesn’t matter, because he’s still one of the greatest players that the NHL has ever seen.
Mark Messier was dubbed as the beast leader in pro sports, not just in the world of hockey. That says a lot about his stature, having proven himself to be an exceptional scorer as well as person whom everyone respected and followed. His defining moment as team captain came during his tenure with the Edmonton Oilers back in 1988, when Wayne Gretzky was traded to LA, and when he led the New Jersey Devils to a victory over the Vancouver Canucks. This got him 6 Stanley Cup rings as well as 2 Hart trophies.
Many people may believe that Jean Beliveau deserves a much higher spot on this list. However, he deserves to be on this exact spot because of his class, skill, leadership as well as willingness to win games. He had racked up 1,219 total points and 507 career goals. He had also won 10 Stanley Cup rings, which is the 2nd most ever, truth be told.
There are indeed a lot of great players in the NHL, and Denis Potvin was just one of them. This man was an offensive powerhouse in the back end of the rink. He scored more than a thousand points in his entire career, and was also responsible for bringing 4 Stanley Cups to the NY Islanders. Because he was so good at what he did, the crowd always tried to get him off his game by chanting “Potvin sucks.”