The 100 Greatest Hockey Players of All-Time

Methodology.

RankPlayerPositionYears
1Wayne GretzkyC1978-1999
2Gordie HoweRW1946-1980
3Alexander OvechkinLW2005-active
4Mario LemieuxC1984-2006
5Bobby OrrD1966-1979
6Sidney CrosbyC2005-active
7Patrick RoyG1984-2003
8Jaromir JagrRW1990-2018
9Mark MessierC1978-2004
10Martin BrodeurG1991-2015
11Phil EspositoC1963-1981
12Nicklas LidstromD1991-2012
13Ray BourqueD1979-2001
14Dominik HasekG1990-2008
15Jean BeliveauC1950-1971
16Bobby HullLW1957-1980
17Maurice RichardRW1942-1960
18Guy LafleurRW1971-1991
19Doug HarveyD1947-1969
20Jacques PlanteG1952-1975
21Ken DrydenG1970-1979
22Glen HallG1952-1971
23Stan MikitaC1958-1980
24Connor McDavidC2015-active
25Bobby ClarkeC1969-1984
26Evgeni MalkinC2006-active
27Eddie ShoreD1926-1940
28Joe SakicC1988-2009
29Patrick KaneRW2007-active
30Steve YzermanC1983-2006
31Bryan TrottierC1975-1994
32Brett HullRW1986-2006
33Paul CoffeyD1980-2001
34Chris CheliosD1983-2010
35Denis PotvinD1973-1988
36Nikita KucherovRW2013-active
37Andrei VasilevskiyG2014-active
38Mike BossyRW1977-1987
39Howie MorenzC1923-1937
40Terry SawchukG1949-1970
41Al MacInnisD1981-2004
42Larry RobinsonD1972-1992
43Jari KurriRW1978-1998
44Red KellyD/C1947-1967
45Pierre PiloteD1955-1969
46Sergei FedorovC1990-2009
47Peter ForsbergC1994-2011
48Patrice BergeronC2003-active
49Jarome IginlaRW1996-2017
50Chris ProngerD1993-2012
51Brian LeetchD1987-2006
52Cyclone TaylorR1905-1923
53Newsy LalondeC1917-1927
54Joe MaloneC/LW1917-1924
55Teemu SelanneRW1992-2014
56Scott StevensD1982-2004
57Ed BelfourG1988-2007
58Ted LindsayLW1944-1965
59Marcel DionneC1971-1989
60Scott NiedermayerD1991-2010
61Zdeno CharaD1997-active
62Duncan KeithD2005-2022
63Steve StamkosC2008-active
64Anze KopitarC2006-active
65Erik KarlssonD2009-active
66Brad ParkD1968-1985
67Bernie GeoffrionRW1950-1968
68Bernie ParentG1965-1979
69Bill DurnanG1943-1950
70Joe ThorntonC1997-active
71Doug GilmourC1983-2003
72Ted KennedyC1942-1957
73Drew DoughtyD2008-active
74Tony EspositoG1968-1984
75Frank MahovlichLW1956-1978
76Nels StewartC1925-1940
77Elmer LachC1940-1954
78Henrik LundqvistG2005-2020
79Pavel DatsyukC2001-2016
80Martin St. LouisRW1998-2015
81Eric LindrosC1992-2007
82Ron FrancisC1981-2004
83Billy SmithG1971-1989
84Luc RobitailleLW1986-2003
85Roberto LuongoG1999-2019
86Tim ThomasG2002-2014
87Rod LangawayD1977-1993
88Dickie MooreLW1951-1968
89Pavel BureRW1991-2003
90Andy BathgateRW1952-1975
91Johnny BowerG1953-1970
92Milt SchmidtC/D1936-1955
93Syl AppsC1936-1948
94Bill CookRW1926-1937
95Frank NighborC1917-1930
96Charlie ConacherW1929-1941
97Brendan ShanahanLW1987-2009
98Bill CowleyC1934-1947
99Turk BrodaG1936-1952
100Tim HortonD1949-1974

4 thoughts on “The 100 Greatest Hockey Players of All-Time

  1. Very disappointed in number 1. While Gretzky was an unbelievable offensive force he couldn’t find the defensive zone with a map. Orr changed the way the game was played. Still the only defenseman to win the scoring title and showed the league the benefit of offense from the blue line. Orr, Gretzky, Lemeuix and Howe was the correct order

  2. Ha! Thanks for the correct answer, Grant. To each his own. Orr played 631 games in an incredibly unbalanced league filled with expansion teams. Scoring by the Original Six teams skyrocketed during this time due to the porous defense by the expansion teams. The competitiveness of the league during this time needs to be front and center to provide context. Orr was great, no doubt, but every little thing matters when comparing elite resumes. Howe played 1687 games in the NHL. How can we say Orr was better than Howe given the fact that Howe played at an elite level for nearly three times as many games? That’s a tough argument to make. Gretzky played in a more difficult league, set more records, and was the greatest playoff performer of all-time. He has to be number one, IMO.

  3. You don’t have Mats Sundin as a top 200 player ever? You have TWO goalies ahead of Dominik Hasek. Scott Stevens ahead of Zdeno Chara? Duncan Keith that high? At least I’ll give you, you put Malkin in an appropriate place. The NHL didn’t even have him in the top-100 a few years ago.

    1. Hey Bill, thanks for stopping by. Hasek was an elite goaltender and likely had the greatest eight-year stretch by any goaltender ever. However, Roy played nearly 300 more regular-season games and twice as many playoff games. Brodeur played over 500 more regular-season games and four times as many playoff games. Given that longevity plays a significant factor in these rankings, the contrast is just too substantial to rate Hasek ahead of either Roy or Brodeur.

      Duncan Keith is one of only two players who have debuted since 1991 to win multiple Norris Trophies. He is one of only three defensemen in history to win multiple Norris Trophies, a Conn Smythe, and three Stanley Cups. Whether anyone realizes it or not, his place in history is secure.

      Stevens vs. Chara is a close call by any measure. I have Stevens ahead on the count that he has a Conn Smythe, was a lynchpin for three Stanley Cup winners, played 22 seasons without a single negative plus/minus season, and received votes in the Norris voting in 17 seasons.

      I have no problem if someone wants to throw Mats Sundin into the top-200. I have him just on the fringe. He never had a truly elite season. He finished in the top 10 in Hart voting just once and that was an 8th place finish. He also had zero playoff success. There are just too many players with better resumes for me to slide Sundin into the top-200.

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