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.”
Richard is arguably the best legend in the NHL. He also had established a reputation as one of the best goal scorers throughout the league’s history. He had won the accolade of being the very first player to score 50 goals in 50 consecutive games, which is definitely an unheard-of feat during his time back in the mid-40s. Anybody who loves hockey would always mention him as one of the all-time greats, with all the statistics to prove it.
Orr must have been one of the most dominant players in the league for a long time. It was just unfortunate that he could not remain healthy to have his career last much longer than it actually did. Nonetheless, he was truly a floor general on the ice, owning every moment he was part of. He had won accolades of such high esteem, including the 2 Art Ross trophies and 8 consecutive Norris trophies during his career.