Find out more about the greatest ice hockey players, including Wayne Gretzky, Alexander Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby, Maurice Richard and Mario Lemieux

Fans of ice hockey would definitely agree that it is such an interesting sport to watch, especially when the likes of Wayne Douglas Gretzky, Alexander Ovechkin, and Sidney Crosby are battling it out on the field! Though played across several countries, ice hockey is most popular in Canada where it is considered the official national winter sport. Thus, it comes as no surprise that some of the best known ice hockey players like George Abel, Martin Brodeur, Charline Labonté, and Kim St-Pierre hailed from the nation. Ice hockey, as a sport, is believed to have evolved in the 18th and 19th century United Kingdom before spreading to other countries. Canadian lawyer and athlete James George Aylwin Creighton is credited with popularising the sport in Canadian cities while American industrialist Malcolm Greene Chace is said to have pioneered the sport of ice hockey in the United States. Over the past few decades, the sport has become increasingly popular in the Nordic countries as well. Check out this section to know more about some of the greatest ice hockey players.

Valeri Bure Valeri Bure
American, Russian

Bob Probert Bob Probert
Canadian

Carey Price Carey Price
Canadian
Nathan West Nathan West
American

Ted KennedyTed Kennedy
Canadian

Mike ComrieMike Comrie
Canadian
Tim HortonTim Horton
Canadian

Ilya KovalchukIlya Kovalchuk
Russian

Taylor HallTaylor Hall
Canadian
Gordie HoweGordie Howe
Canadian

Dion PhaneufDion Phaneuf
Canadian
Jarret StollJarret Stoll
Canadian

Ryan WhitneyRyan Whitney
American

Pavel BurePavel Bure
Russian
Martin BrodeurMartin Brodeur
Canadian
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Mike BabcockMike Babcock
Canadian
Brett HullBrett Hull
Canadian

Chris CheliosChris Chelios
American

Sean AverySean Avery
Canadian

Henrik LundqvistHenrik Lundqvist
Swedish
T. J. OshieT. J. Oshie
American

Patrick MarleauPatrick Marleau
Canadian

Zack KassianZack Kassian
Canadian

Leon DraisaitlLeon Draisaitl
German

Eric LindrosEric Lindros
Canadian
Ralph KruegerRalph Krueger
Canadian, German

Steve YzermanSteve Yzerman
Canadian
Marc-André FleuryMarc-André Fleury
Canadian

Todd BertuzziTodd Bertuzzi
Canadian

Henrik SedinHenrik Sedin
Swedish
Tie DomiTie Domi
Canadian

Mark MessierMark Messier
Canadian
Tyler SeguinTyler Seguin
Canadian

Sergei FedorovSergei Fedorov
Russian

Patrick RoyPatrick Roy
Canadian

Clint MalarchukClint Malarchuk
Canadian

Bobby HullBobby Hull
Canadian
Evgeni MalkinEvgeni Malkin
Russian

Ed BelfourEd Belfour
Canadian

Milan LucicMilan Lucic
Canadian

Peter DeBoerPeter DeBoer
Canadian
Dustin ByfuglienDustin Byfuglien
American
Ray EmeryRay Emery
Canadian

Joel QuennevilleJoel Quenneville
Canadian, American

Maurice RichardMaurice Richard
Canadian

Malcolm SubbanMalcolm Subban
Canadian
Dave TippettDave Tippett
Canadian

John TavaresJohn Tavares
Canadian
Vladimir KonstantinovVladimir Konstantinov
American, Russian

Daniel SedinDaniel Sedin
Swedish

John TortorellaJohn Tortorella
American
Patrick SharpPatrick Sharp
Canadian

Jason SpezzaJason Spezza
Canadian
Dany HeatleyDany Heatley
Canadian, German

Jordin TootooJordin Tootoo
Canadian

Max DomiMax Domi
Canadian
Chris ProngerChris Pronger
Canadian

Jarome IginlaJarome Iginla
Canadian
Teemu SelänneTeemu Selänne
Finnish

Nazem KadriNazem Kadri
Canadian

Dominik HašekDominik Hašek
Czech

Viacheslav FetisovViacheslav Fetisov
Russian
Peter ForsbergPeter Forsberg
Swedish

Vladislav TretiakVladislav Tretiak
Russian

Steve MontadorSteve Montador
Canadian

Claude LemieuxClaude Lemieux
Canadian

Shea WeberShea Weber
Canadian
Joe SakicJoe Sakic
Canadian

Phil EspositoPhil Esposito
Canadian
Roberto LuongoRoberto Luongo
Canadian

Terry SawchukTerry Sawchuk
Canadian

Scotty BowmanScotty Bowman
Canadian
Gerry DeeGerry Dee
Canadian

Pavel DatsyukPavel Datsyuk
Russian
Bruce BoudreauBruce Boudreau
Canadian

Wayne SimmondsWayne Simmonds
Canadian
Ray BourqueRay Bourque
Canadian

Steven StamkosSteven Stamkos
Canadian

Sheldon SouraySheldon Souray
Canadian
Eric StaalEric Staal
Canadian

Guy LafleurGuy Lafleur
Canadian
Brendan ShanahanBrendan Shanahan
Canadian