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.

P. K. SubbanP. K. Subban
(Canadian)
Jacques PlanteJacques Plante
(Canadian)

Dion PhaneufDion Phaneuf
(Canadian)
Mike ComrieMike Comrie
(Canadian)
Henrik LundqvistHenrik Lundqvist
(Swedish)

Johnny GaudreauJohnny Gaudreau
(American)
Gordie HoweGordie Howe
(Canadian)
Tim HortonTim Horton
(Canadian)

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Martin BrodeurMartin Brodeur
(Canadian)
Joe ThorntonJoe Thornton
(Canadian)
Patrick MarleauPatrick Marleau
(Canadian)

Wayne SimmondsWayne Simmonds
(Canadian)
Jarret StollJarret Stoll
(Canadian)
Marc-André FleuryMarc-André Fleury
(Canadian)

Rick NashRick Nash
(Canadian)
Terry SawchukTerry Sawchuk
(Canadian)
Pavel BurePavel Bure
(Russian)

Todd BertuzziTodd Bertuzzi
(Canadian)
Roberto LuongoRoberto Luongo
(Canadian)
Steven StamkosSteven Stamkos
(Canadian)

Tyler SeguinTyler Seguin
(Canadian)
Mike BabcockMike Babcock
(Canadian)
Matt DucheneMatt Duchene
(Canadian)

Mark MessierMark Messier
(Canadian)
Brent BurnsBrent Burns
(Canadian)
Steve YzermanSteve Yzerman
(Canadian)

Patrice BergeronPatrice Bergeron
(Canadian)
Joel QuennevilleJoel Quenneville
(Canadian)
Jarome IginlaJarome Iginla
(Canadian)

Tie DomiTie Domi
(Canadian)
Evgeni MalkinEvgeni Malkin
(Russian)
Ken HitchcockKen Hitchcock
(Canadian)

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Patrick RoyPatrick Roy
(Canadian)
Max DomiMax Domi
(Canadian)
Bobby HullBobby Hull
(Canadian)

Eric LindrosEric Lindros
(Canadian)
Ilya KovalchukIlya Kovalchuk
(Russian)
Jordin TootooJordin Tootoo
(Canadian)

Barry TrotzBarry Trotz
(Canadian)
T. J. OshieT. J. Oshie
(American)
Maurice RichardMaurice Richard
(Canadian)

Sergei FedorovSergei Fedorov
(Russian)
Brett HullBrett Hull
(Canadian)
John TortorellaJohn Tortorella
(American)

Theoren FleuryTheoren Fleury
(Canadian)
Claude GirouxClaude Giroux
(Canadian)
Grant FuhrGrant Fuhr
(Canadian)

Taylor HallTaylor Hall
(Canadian)
Ray EmeryRay Emery
(Canadian)
Clint MalarchukClint Malarchuk
(Canadian)

Ray BourqueRay Bourque
(Canadian)
Milan LucicMilan Lucic
(Canadian)
Shea WeberShea Weber
(Canadian)

Sean AverySean Avery
(Canadian)
Scotty BowmanScotty Bowman
(Canadian)
Nazem KadriNazem Kadri
(Canadian)

Claude LemieuxClaude Lemieux
(Canadian)
Dany HeatleyDany Heatley
(Canadian,German)
Shane DoanShane Doan
(Canadian)

Teemu SelänneTeemu Selänne
(Finnish)
Pavel DatsyukPavel Datsyuk
(Russian)
Derek BoogaardDerek Boogaard
(Canadian)

Sam GagnerSam Gagner
(Canadian)
Peter ForsbergPeter Forsberg
(Swedish)
Tuukka RaskTuukka Rask
(Finnish)

Evander KaneEvander Kane
(Canadian)
Curtis JosephCurtis Joseph
(Canadian)
Joe SakicJoe Sakic
(Canadian)

Malcolm SubbanMalcolm Subban
(Canadian)
Phil EspositoPhil Esposito
(Canadian)
Aribert HeimAribert Heim
(Austrian,German)

Jamie BennJamie Benn
(Canadian)
Sheldon SouraySheldon Souray
(Canadian)
Paul CoffeyPaul Coffey
(Canadian)

Chris ProngerChris Pronger
(Canadian)
Michael Del ZottoMichael Del Zotto
(Canadian)
Leon DraisaitlLeon Draisaitl
(German)

Viacheslav FetisovViacheslav Fetisov
(Russian)
Guy LafleurGuy Lafleur
(Canadian)
Sergei BobrovskySergei Bobrovsky
(Russian)

Cam NeelyCam Neely
(Canadian)
Stan MikitaStan Mikita
(Canadian)
Randy CarlyleRandy Carlyle
(Canadian)

Chris KunitzChris Kunitz
(Canadian)
Jordan EberleJordan Eberle
(Canadian)
Kasperi KapanenKasperi Kapanen
(Finnish)