At 7, Crosby was enrolled in a Halifax hockey school for the best young players in the Maritime Provinces where future NHL forward Brad Richards was an instructor. Noting Sidney was "head and shoulders above everyone else his age," Richards told Richer: "He never stopped learning, he just kept going.
Gretzky agreed, after some reluctance, and he wore No. 99 with such distinction in the NHL that it would be retired League-wide at the 50th All-Star Game on Feb. 6, 2000. Gretzky's path to his 1999 Hockey Hall of Fame induction was paved with one incredible achievement after another.
Robert Gordon Orr, OC (born March 20, 1948) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player, widely acknowledged as one of the greatest hockey players of all time. Orr used his ice skating speed, scoring, and play-making abilities to revolutionize the position of defenceman.
Jágr has the second-most points in NHL history. He is the most productive European player who has ever played in the NHL and is considered one of the greatest professional hockey players of all time. In 1990, at age 18, he was the youngest player in the NHL.
Nicknamed "Mr. Hockey", Howe is considered the most complete player to ever play the game and one of the greatest ice hockey players of all time. A 23-time NHL All-Star, he held many of the sport's career scoring records until they were broken in the 1980s by Wayne Gretzky, who himself has been a major champion of Howe's legacy.
Connor McDavid Bio If it's possible for a teenage phenom to exceed the hype, then that's what McDavid did in his rookie NHL season with the Edmonton Oilers. That is saying a great deal, because the build-up for the young center, who turned 19 during the season, was considerable.
In 1998, he was ranked number 12 on The Hockey News' list of the 100 Greatest Hockey Players. On November 13, 2006, the National Hockey League created the Mark Messier Leadership Award, given to an individual in the sport who leads by example on the ice, motivates his teammates and is dedicated to community activities and charitable causes.
Evgeni (Yevgeni) Vladimirovich Malkin (Russian: Евге́ний Влади́мирович Ма́лкин, IPA: [jɪvˈɡʲenʲɪj ˈmaɫkʲɪn]; born 31 July 1986) is a Russian professional ice hockey centre and alternate captain for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL).
Pernell-Karl Sylvester "P. K." Subban MSC (born May 13, 1989) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman for the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League (NHL). Subban was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2nd round, 43rd overall, of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
Stephen Gregory "Steve" Yzerman (/ˈaɪzərmən/; born May 9, 1965) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey player and current general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League (NHL). He is widely considered to be one of the greatest players of all time.
Martin Brodeur was born on May 6, 1972, in Montreal. He was one of five children of Denis and Mireille Brodeur. Denis played in the 1956 Olympics for Team Canada and won a bronze medal. After his playing career, Denis was a longtime photographer for the Montreal Canadiens.
Jonathan Bryan Toews OM (/ ˈ t eɪ v z / TAYVZ; born April 29, 1988) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre who currently serves as captain of the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL). Toews was selected by the Blackhawks with the third overall pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.
Esposito became the NHL's premier goal-scorer in the early years of expansion, the player who set the single-season records for goals and points that would fall to Wayne Gretzky a decade later. Anyone who claims to have spotted the greatness in the young Phil Esposito is a liar.
Arthur Howey "Art" Ross (January 13, 1885 – August 5, 1964) was a Canadian professional ice hockey player and executive from 1905 until 1954. Regarded as one of the best defenders of his era by his peers, he was one of the first to skate with the puck up the ice rather than pass it to a forward.
Beliveau's incredible statistics led to his being installed in the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1972 alongside his great friend and rival Gordie Howe of the Detroit Red Wings. That marked the first time that the customary three-year, post-retirement period to induct elected players was waived (Beliveau retired in 1971).
Bäckström's father Anders is a Swedish hockey player who played his career for Brynäs IF, totaling ten seasons for the club. Nicklas' mother Catrin Bäckström (born in Finland) played handball in the Swedish and Finnish Elite League in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Robert Blake Theodore "Terrible Ted" Lindsay (born July 29, 1925) is a former professional ice hockey player, a forward for the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Black Hawks of the National Hockey League (NHL). He scored over 800 points in his Hockey Hall of Fame career, won the Art Ross Trophy in 1950, and won the Stanley Cup four times.
Selänne played three sports as a youth: hockey, bandy and association football. He played hockey and football with and against Paavo, though his brother ultimately gave up on both sports in favour of field hockey, where he was a member of numerous Finnish and European championship teams.
But as a teenager, Forsberg was in no hurry to enter the NHL before he was ready. Selected at No. 6 by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1991 NHL Draft at age 17, Forsberg remained in his hometown of Ornskoldsvik, honing his considerable skills for Modo, the Swedish Elite League team coached by his father, Kent.
Bradley Kevin Marchand (born May 11, 1988) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player, currently playing left wing for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League (NHL). Marchand was selected by the Bruins in the third round, 71st overall, at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.
John Tavares (born September 20, 1990) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre who currently serves as the captain of the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected first overall by the Islanders in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
Auston Matthews (born September 17, 1997) is an American professional ice hockey player for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL). Previously, Matthews played for the U.S. National U18 Team in the junior United States Hockey League (USHL) ZSC Lions of the Swiss National League.
Stanislav "Stan" Mikita (born Stanislav Gvoth; May 20, 1940), is a Slovak-born Canadian retired professional ice hockey player for the Chicago Black Hawks of the National Hockey League, generally regarded as the best centre of the 1960s. In 2017, he was named one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players.
Braden Holtby (born September 16, 1989) is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League (NHL). He received the 2016 Vezina Trophy after posting a 48–9–7 record and .922 save percentage during the 2015–16 NHL season.
Christos Kostas "Chris" Chelios (born January 25, 1962) is a retired American professional ice hockey defenseman. He was one of the longest tenured players in the National Hockey League, and is a three-time Stanley Cup champion - one with the Montreal Canadiens and two with the Detroit Red Wings.
With the Boston Bruins, Sawchuk briefly retired from hockey in 1957, only to return with the Red Wings for the 1957-58 season and help them reach the Stanley Cup Final three times between 1961 and 1964. Signed by Toronto in 1964, Sawchuk combined with teammate Johnny Bower to win the Vezina Trophy in 1964-65.