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.