Ice hockey is a team sport and the main key of success is the whole teams’ performance. It is very important for the team members to be able to cooperate, but also the individual performance of each player in the team is noteworthy. Some of the players have showed spectacular individual performance and they deserve to be called the best ice hockey players of all time.
The first one in this list definitely is Wayne Gretzky. He played in National Hockey League for 20 seasons and also worked as a coach for Phoenix Coyotes and manager for Canada’s Olympic hockey team. In his career he has won nine Hart Trophies as the NHL’s most valuable player and ten Art Ross Trophies as the NHL’s most scoring player. He owns many records for example, for the most goals in one season and most goals in less count of games. Together with Edmonton Oilers he won Stanley Cup four times. After Wayne Gretzky retired, he was inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame. He has 2857 career points which is a lot more than any other player has ever had.
The next one is Bobby Orr or in the full name Robert Gordon Orr. In NHL he played only 12 seasons, beside in some of these seasons he played only few games, because of the health problems. Although his professional playing career was quite short, in this time he showed his amazing skills. In his very first season in NHL he won Norris Trophy, although he played only 46 games. In the next season he won the Art Ross Trophy for leading the team. In his career he has won many awards and also owns many records, including most points in one NHL season by defensemen. If he shouldn’t quit because of the problems with his knees, maybe the list of his achievements would be even more incredible. Bobby Orr was also inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame. He has 915 career points which is one of the highest scores among defensemen.
Another hockey legend is Gordie Howe. He played in NHL for 26 seasons and also 6 seasons in the World Hockey Association. Most of his professional career he spent with Detroit Red Wings – 25 out of 26 seasons. He has won 6 Art Ross Trophies, 6 Hart Memorial Trophies, and 4 Stanley Cups with Detroit Red Wings and many other individual and teams awards. He also owns many records and he has left precious legacy to the game of hockey and society together. Of course, Gordie Howe was also inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame. He has 1850 career points.
This list could be continued with such players as Mario Lemieux which has gained most power play points in a single season, Maurice Richard who owns second best result in most scored goals, Doug Harvey who is considered as one of the best defenseman of all time and many others.