Hockey is a beloved pastime of many, women, men, and children alike. There’s nothing quite as exciting as sitting in an arena with 15,000 other people, all excited to see the teams play against each other. Not to mention that when your team scores a goal, the feeling throughout the arena is absolutely indescribable. Throughout the history of hockey, there have been many players that have been described as incredible, but only a few are legendary. Today, we will be going over the best hockey players in NHL history.

Gordie Howe

Gordie Howe is practically made for this list. To be exact, with a laundry list of goals, 801 in 26 NHL seasons, and 174 goals in six NHL World Hockey Association seasons, it’s no wonder that he’s a contender. He may not have the most goals, like Wayne Gretzky or Bobby Orr, but he is known for being a physically dominant player. He was so willing to get into fights during games that today, a player registering a goal, an assist, and a significant fighting penalty is also known as a Gordie Howe Hat Trick. 

Wayne Gretzky

The Great One is an unmatched hockey player. With 10 Stanley Cups under his belt from 1981 to 1994, it’s no wonder that he’s called the Great One. He’s currently the NHL’s all-time leader in points (2,857) and goals (894). Did you know that even if Gretzky never scored a goal, he would still have the record for most points? He’s scored so many assists throughout his career he’d still be the NHL’s all-time leading point scorer.

Bobby Orr

Bobby Orr is a powerful, fast skater known as a threat with the ability to carry the ice from one end of the rink to the other. In the 1969-70 season, he became the first defenseman ever to win an NHL scoring title with 120 points. Because of him, coaches began to take defensive plays more seriously, utilizing defensemen more in their offensive attacks. Orr has been given eight consecutive Norris Trophies from 1968-75. Unfortunately, his playing career ended after 10 NHL seasons as he dealt with major knee injuries. He finished his career with 888 points in 631 games. 

Several hockey players have contributed to the National Hockey League. Sidney Crosby, Alexsander Ovechkin, and Mario Lemieux are some that have taken the league by storm.